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Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma: Guidelines for Healthcare Providersexternal icon

This web-based course offers continuing education (CE) credits.

Vital Signs: Asthma in Children  – United States, 2001-2016
Free continuing education (CE) activity that describes trends and demographic differences in health outcomes and healthcare use for childhood asthma, based on a CDC analysis of asthma data from the 2001-2016 National Health Interview Survey for children 17 years and younger.This activity is intended for pediatricians, pulmonologists, public health officials, nurses, and other clinicians caring for patients with childhood asthma.

EXHALE Technical Package pdf icon[PDF – 760 KB]

The EXHALE technical package represents a group of strategies, which, based on the best available evidence, can improve asthma control and reduce health care costs. It is intended as a resource to inform decision-making in communities, organizations, and states.

Home Characteristics and Asthma Triggers – Checklist for Home Visitors pdf icon[PDF – 930 KB]

This checklist, developed by CDC, EPA, and HUD, guides home visitors in identifying environmental asthma triggers most commonly found in homes. It includes sections on the building, home interior, and room interior and provides low-cost action steps for remediation. Print-only Version (PDF) Checklist

Helping Patients with Asthma, Other Respiratory Conditions, and/or Allergies to Mold After a Hurricane or Other Tropical Storm

Information for Clinicians Helping Patients with Asthma, Other Respiratory Conditions, and/or Allergies to Mold After a Hurricane or Other Tropical Storm.

Particle Pollution and Your Patients’ Healthexternal icon

Evidence-based and Accredited Training for Healthcare Professionals on particle pollution exposure, biological mechanisms responsible for associated health effects, and use of the EPA Air Quality Index to protect health.

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Allergy Testing for Persons with Asthma( ) pdf icon[PDF – 106 KB]

This fact sheet discusses how allergies affect individuals with asthma and allergy testing.
Asthma: A Presentation of Asthma Management and Prevention (Slide Presentation and Speaker Notes)(
This 75-slide presentation depicts the pathophysiology of asthma; prevalence, mortality, and morbidity measures at the national level; risk factors; medical management; and the public health response needed to successfully fight asthma.
Quality Measures Summary[PDF – 613 KB](
Quality measures are tools that help measure or quantify healthcare processes, outcomes, patient perceptions, organizational structure, and systems and are associated with the ability to provide high-quality health care.

H1N1 and Seasonal Influenza

People with asthma are at high risk of developing complications after contracting the influenza virus, yet most people with asthma do not receive an annual flu vaccination. Children and adults with asthma should receive influenza vaccinations.

H1N1 Influenza
2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)(

Find out more about novel H1N1 and CDC’s public health response.

Seasonal Influenza

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Case Studies in Environmental Medicine: Environmental Triggers of Asthma

This document is designed to increase the primary care provider’s knowledge of hazardous substances in the environment and to promote the adoption of medical practices that help evaluate and care for potentially exposed patients.

Medical Organizations—Respiratory Diseases

American Academy of Pediatricsexternal icon

This site offers information to help you learn more about childhood asthma and allergies.

American College of Chest Physiciansexternal icon

This site provides information about prevention and treatment of diseases, including asthma, through education, research, and communication.

American Thoracic Societyexternal icon

The American Thoracic Society fosters the gathering, evaluating, and disseminating of scientific and clinical information. This Web page provides clinical information about asthma.

National Jewish Healthexternal icon

This medical and research center focuses on respiratory, immunologic, allergic, and infectious diseases.

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National Asthma Education and Prevention Program: Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (July 2007 update)pdf iconexternal icon

The guidelines emphasize the importance of asthma control and introduce new approaches for monitoring asthma. Updated recommendations for managing asthma include an expanded section on childhood asthma (with an additional age group), new guidance on medications, new recommendations on patient education in settings beyond the physician’s office, and new advice for controlling environmental factors that can cause asthma symptoms.

The guidelines were developed by an expert panel commissioned by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Coordinating Committee, which is coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.

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NHLBI Guidelines Asthma Care Quick Reference Guide – Revised in 2012 pdf icon[PDF – 859 KB]external icon
The goal of this guide is to help clinicians provide quality care to people who have asthma. Quality asthma care involves not only initial diagnosis and treatment to achieve asthma control, but also long-term regular follow-up care to maintain control.

Achieving and maintaining asthma control requires providing appropriate medication, addressing environmental factors that cause worsening symptoms, helping patients learn self-management skills, and monitoring over the long term to assess control and adjust therapy accordingly.

Other resources:

  • National Asthma Education and Prevention Programexternal icon
    This site provides you information about the program and about asthma according to target audience.
  • Physician Asthma Care Educationexternal icon
    The Physician Asthma Care Education (PACE) program is a multimedia educational seminar to improve physician awareness, ability, and use of communication and therapeutic techniques for reducing the effects of asthma on children and their families. It also provides instruction on how to document, code, and improve asthma counseling reimbursement.

Training Tool for Health Professionals

Asthma and Inhalant Allergens ppt icon[PPT – 4 MB]

This slide presentation describes the process through which inhalant allergens can affect individuals with asthma; describes the types of inhalant allergens that can affect individuals with asthma; reviews NAEPP recommendations for the evaluation of inhalant allergens for persons with asthma, and reviews NAEPP recommendations for the environmental control of inhalant allergens for individuals with asthma found to be sensitive to inhalant allergens.

Guidelines for the Diagnosis & Management of Asthma: Parts 1 through 4external icon

These comprehensive reading activities present aspects of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma for practitioners. These activities are free but require registration.


Know How to Use Your Asthma Inhaler

CDC’s National Asthma Control Program developed this set of videos to help public health professionals explain proper inhaler techniques to people with asthma and to their families and caregivers. These step-by-step instructions are presented in English and in Spanish. Use the videos at your office and provide the website address so that more people are able to control their asthma.

The 15-Minute Asthma Visitexternal icon

Dr. David Callahan outlines how clinicians can provide evidence-based care for patients with asthma in a 15-minute office visit.

Asthma Control During Travelexternal icon

Dr. David Callahan outlines how clinicians can prepare patients with asthma for symptom-free travel.


Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma: Guidelines for Health Care Providersexternal icon

National Environmental Education Foundation’s “Environmental Management of Asthma: Guidelines for Health Care Providers”

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Page last reviewed: July 6, 2020