Asthma Cooperative Agreement Partner Profile – Ohio

At a glance

CDC is funding the health departments in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Houston, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Wisconsin to improve the reach, quality, effectiveness, and sustainability of asthma control services and to reduce asthma morbidity, mortality and disparities by implementing evidence-based strategies.


The Ohio Department of Health Asthma Program (ODHAP) has been part of CDC's National Asthma Control Program since 2003. They collaborate with partners to reduce asthma disparities by improving the quality of asthma care, improving asthma management in schools, and fostering policies to help reduce exposure to asthma triggers in outdoor, indoor, and workplace environments.

  • Ohio Department of Public Health
  • Sheronda Whitner, Principal Investigator
  • 380-215-2282
  • Asthma, Hearing and Vision Screening, OHAP, Save Our Sight
    Ohio Department of Health
    Bureau of Child and Family Health
    246 N. High Street, 4th Floor
    Columbus, OH 43215
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The Asthma Home Assessment Project (AHAP) is a piloted home-based trigger management program, implemented in 2019 to identify and remediate household asthma triggers. ODHAP focused on two urban high priority areas in southwest Ohio: Cincinnati and Dayton. ODHAP expanded the home visiting program to concentrate more on these cities because of high numbers of children’s hospital ED visits within a 12-month period. Since the inception of AHAP, Dayton Children’s Hospital conducted home visits enrolling a total of 40 program participants, of which 36 completed the program. After participation, 29 individuals experienced improved asthma control, three participants experienced no change, and three participants had exacerbations of their asthma. Overall, the program is having positive outcomes.

ODHAP implemented the Asthma Care Improvement Collaborative (ACIC) in 2020 to address guidelines-based medical management. About 115healthcare providers completed the Asthma Practices Survey to measure asthma knowledge and practices. The results indicated 53.5% of the providers were using guidelines-based medical care compared to 27.8% of providers with no prior knowledge of the guidelines. In response to the survey results, ODHAP facilitated a bi-monthly ACIC virtual learning series to educate and engage practitioners on guidelines-based management and CDC’s EXHALE strategies. The ACIC learning series focuses on six performance areas: guidelines-based medical management and EXHALE strategies, community-based strategies, environmental strategies, healthy equity, collaboration, and engagement.

What the data shows


369,238 Adults with asthma

172,138 Children with asthma

In 2020, a total of 369,238 Ohio adults had asthma, and 172,138 Ohio children ages 0–17 years (7.2%) had asthma.


54,616 ER visits

5,945 Hospitalizations

In 2019, there were 54,616 emergency department (ED) visits due to asthma in Ohio. There were 5,945 asthma-related hospitalizations.