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Burden of asthma in Massachusetts adults.

Huisingh C; Fitzsimmons K; Pechter E; Zotter J; Davis L
SENSOR Occup Lung Dis Bull 2009 Sep; :1-4
Asthma is a significant and growing public health problem in both Massachusetts and the U.S. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) Asthma Prevention and Control Program (APCP) works with partners throughout the state to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents with asthma and to reduce disparities in asthma outcomes. APCP is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which places special emphasis on reducing the rate of hospitalizations due to asthma as a measure of success. APCP, in collaboration with the MDPH Occupational Health Surveillance Program and many others, recently developed two important documents to guide efforts to address asthma across the state: 1) Burden of Asthma in Massachusetts. 2) Strategic Plan for Asthma in Massachusetts, 2009-2014 The Burden report summarizes current surveillance findings on asthma prevalence, morbidity and mortality. Recommendations for improving asthma outcomes are outlined in the companion Strategic Plan. While asthma in children is a critical concern, the majority of persons with asthma are adults. This issue of the Bulletin highlights key findings from the Burden report on asthma in Massachusetts adults. Findings are based on data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Core and Asthma Call-back surveys and statewide hospital and mortality datasets.
Occupational-health; Work-environment; Workers; Occupational-exposure; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Bronchial-asthma; Surveillance-programs; Health-hazards; Worker-health; Occupational-diseases; Disease-prevention; Employee-exposure; Age-groups; Age-factors; Information-retrieval-systems; Public-health; Disease-control
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 250 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
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SENSOR Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin
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Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division