Public Health Professionals
The following Web pages offer information about public health issues regarding asthma.
Strategies and Guidance
This document provides a compilation of information and resources for implementing asthma programs in homes.
Home Characteristics and Asthma Triggers – Checklist for Home Visitors Cdc-pdf[PDF – 930 KB] | Spanish Cdc-pdf[PDF – 1,018 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
This document provides a compilation of information and resources for implementing asthma programs in schools.
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.
Interventions that target a wide variety of asthma triggers through home visits are beneficial in improving asthma outcomes. CDC scientists and the Task Force on Community Preventive Services systematically reviewed the evidence of effectiveness of home-based multi-trigger multi-component environmental interventions in improving asthma-related morbidity. Findings from this review indicate that home-based multi-trigger, multi-component, interventions with an environmental focus are effective in improving overall quality of life and productivity in children with asthma.
CDC has issued new findings on tailored strategies that help individuals and communities control asthma. The findings of the Controlling Asthma in American Cities Project (CAACP) can guide not only asthma-control programs, but also other comprehensive, community-based efforts. The publication, “It Takes a Community: Controlling Asthma in American Cities”ExternalExternal is published as a special edition of the February issue of the Journal of Urban Health.
CAACP provided funding to seven inner-city sites to support the translation of scientific advances in the treatment of asthma into innovative, comprehensive approaches to improve asthma control among urban children up to 18 years of age in underserved communities with a high asthma burden.
This document presents a summary of evidence for payers and providers regarding the benefits of following the 2007 National Asthma Education and Prevention Program clinical practice and medical management guidelines.
On this page you will find resources for planning and implementing program evaluation including the CDC National Asthma Control Program’s Learning & Growing through Evaluation: State Asthma Program Evaluation Guide (May 2010), CDC Evaluation Working Group—Framework for Program Evaluation, and Introduction to Program Evaluation for Public Health Programs: A Self-Study Guide (August 2005).
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.
This document describes a core set of evidence-based measures that drive improved asthma outcomes. Authors: Beavers S, Thaker K, Herman E (CDC National Asthma Control Program).
This fact sheet discusses how allergies affect individuals with asthma and allergy testing.
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.
This podcast series explores best practices for reducing the impact of asthma, especially in underserved communities. Hear from people who have successfully developed asthma management programs that have improved health outcomes in their communities. Learn about their effective health delivery systems; strategies for addressing environmental triggers; key partnerships; and the tools and resources they use to achieve outstanding results.
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.
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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.
Asthma prevalence data among adults and children in every state can also be viewed through the Tracking Network. Your search results can be displayed in dynamic, customizable map, chart, and table views. You can also print and email your results and export the data into CSV files for further analysis.
Advances in asthma genomics are occurring rapidly. Although these advances have not yet caused a change in the methods of asthma prevention, diagnosis, or treatment, new strategies to prevent and manage asthma are likely to be developed within the near future.
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.
American Sign Language Video – ‘Information About Asthma’
This American Sign Language (ASL) film, produced by the CDC and the Deaf Wellness Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center, discusses how to manage asthma to help prevent attacks or decrease the overall health effects of this disease. Listen to/Watch this Video (ASX – 15:26)
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Government Departments, Agencies, and Resources
The Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia (CEMM) was established in 1996 with the support and direction of the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General. The CEMM Asthma Web Site provides an overview of asthma. Topics include diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and common triggers of asthma.
Healthy People 2020 Progress Reviews are intended to provide the Assistant Secretary for Health, senior Health and Human Services (HHS) officials, Healthy People 2020 stakeholders, and the public with information and data on the current status of objectives within each of the Healthy People 2020 Topic Areas.
The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program works with other groups, including major medical associations, voluntary health organizations, and community programs, to educate patients, health professionals, and the public. This site contains information about the program, educational resources, and the Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.
This site provides support for scientists conducting research aimed at developing better ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent asthma.
This institute coordinates and supports research on environmental health sciences and provides resources.
The National Library of Medicine, the largest online medical library, provides health information, library services, research programs, and general information related to topics such as asthma.
EPA informs people about the environment and develops and enforces regulations about the environment. Its mission is to protect human health and the environment. Visit this Web site to learn about EPA’s Asthma Education Campaigns to promote asthma awareness in your community and the EPA National Environmental Leadership Awards.
Other U.S. Organizations and Resources
This site offers information to help you learn more about childhood asthma and allergies.
- State of Childhood Asthma and Future Directions: Strategies for Implementing Best Practices. Pediatrics 2009;123;S129–214. Available at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/vol123/Supplement_3/External.
Accessed: July 1, 2009.
This organization works with medical directors, quality improvement staff, and other health plan officials to improve the health care system and the lives of people in the communities they serve. The site provides background information about the intervention “Asthma Intervention for Inter-City Children.”
Allies Against Asthma, a program of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, was a national initiative to improve asthma control for children and adolescents. This site provides tools and resources that may be useful to other asthma coalitions and programs addressing asthma.
Sponsored by America’s Health Insurance Plans, Taking on Asthma is a national program to improve the quality of care provided to people with asthma and enhance their quality of life. AHIP offers resources and tools that may be useful to health insurance plans to improve the overall quality of asthma care.
This organization formulates and influences public health policy to ensure excellence in state-based public health practice.
Interactive curriculum to help improve adult asthma care from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
This site provides information about advancing Medicaid and public health adoption of evidence-based prevention strategies.
EPA supports this network in partnership with Allies Against Asthma, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It provides community-based asthma programs with a platform for real-time learning that can drive ongoing improvement of asthma care.
- Resource BankExternal
Find valuable asthma-related materials and resources to assist your program or coalition.
- Webinar SeriesExternal
Learn knowledge and information from leading experts and asthma-management program leaders from across the country.
Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposure—Executive Summary is a book that contains information about the role that indoor air pollution plays in asthma causation, prevalence, triggering, and severity.
The National Asthma Educator Certification Board promotes optimal asthma management and quality of life among individuals with asthma, their families and communities by advancing excellence in asthma education through the Certified Asthma Educator process.