CDC's National Asthma Control Program

CDC’s National Asthma Control Program (NACP) was created in 1999 to help the millions of people with asthma in the United States gain control over their disease.

The program’s goals include reducing the number of deaths, hospitalizations, emergency department visits, school days or workdays missed, and limitations on activity due to asthma. Today, CDC funds the health departments in 24 states and Puerto Rico to ensure the availability of and access to guidelines-based medical management and pharmacotherapy for all people with asthma and to address the intersection of public health and health care through funding state programs and national organizations, promoting asthma quality measures, and informing policy makers about the burden of asthma.

The program has improved asthma treatment, management, and control in the U.S. CDC’s funded programs have improved the quality of asthma care, improved asthma management in schools, and fostered policies to help reduce air pollution.

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Evaluation Highlights from National Asthma Control Program Grantees

Highlights of CDC’s strategy aiming to build and advance evaluation capacity among its funded asthma grantees.
2018 Highlights Cdc-pdf[PDF – 7 MB]
2015 Highlights Cdc-pdf[PDF – 18 MB]

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America Breathing Easier Cdc-pdf[PDF – 1.1 MB]

CDC’s National Asthma Control Program plays a critical role in helping America breathe easier by learning more about asthma and how to control it. Effective public health strategies guide CDC’s National Asthma Control Program.

State Asthma Contacts and Programs

A listing by state of CDC National Asthma Control Program Grantees and Nonfunded Asthma Contacts more»

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Vital Signs:

February 2018: Asthma in Children
May 2011: Asthma in the U.S.

At A Glance

At A Glance presented CDC-funded asthma activities by state and type of funding. This material is presented for historical purposes. For current state funding activity visit this page.

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Guide for State Health Agencies in the Development of Asthma Programs Cdc-pdf[PDF – 2.2 MB]

[published December 2003]
A 35-page guide to assist asthma program staff in state health departments to develop and implement asthma control programs.

Page last reviewed: March 6, 2019