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 25 state, territorial, and municipal health departments 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.
Several NGOs are working to help CDC reach the CCARE goal of preventing 500,000 hospitalizations and emergency department visits among children with asthma by August 30, 2024.
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.
[published December 2003]
A 35-page guide to assist asthma program staff in state health departments to develop and implement asthma control programs.