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.

State, Territorial and City Asthma Contacts and Programs

A listing of CDC National Asthma Control Program Grantees more»

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Non-government organization (NGO) Project Summaries [PDF – 268 KB]

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.

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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 [PDF – 7 MB]
2015 Highlights [PDF – 18 MB]

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Vital Signs:

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

Historical Information

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America Breathing Easier [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.

At A Glance

At A Glance presented CDC-funded asthma activities by state and type of funding. For current state funding activity visit this page.

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Guide for State Health Agencies in the Development of Asthma Programs [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.