(July 2014) Welcome! DCAsthma.org
provides a gateway to asthma programs and activities
in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and beyond. For more information, contact Lisa A. Gilmore
(LinkedIn and bio) at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 415-1962.
Lisa A. Gilmore of DCAsthma.org provided tips
and insights for these recent media stories:
Five Ways to Control Asthma with Lisa A. Gilmore in
Mediaplanet's Asthma &
Allergy Awareness insert (Washington Post, May 5, 2014)
News: Asthma & Poverty in D.C. video with Dr. Elena Reece, Howard
University Hospital, and Dr. Michael LeNoir, President, National Medical
Association (Erika Edwards, NBC, January 2, 2014, 2:29)
Children’s Hospital aims to cut asthma-related ER visits
Schulte, Washington Post, October 12, 2013)
key actions for controlling asthma
See links to "Resources from
National Asthma Control Initiative
partners" on this page at bottom
right for helpful tools, trainings, and other resources for
health care providers, schools, and patients.
EPA announces winners of the
Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management. Read
about the 2014 winners:
Health Plan, Atlanta, GA;
Medical Center, Boston, MA; and
County Health Department, Portland, OR.
of Childhood Asthma: Lessons for Building a Better System of Care,
a report from the Urban Institute released in April 2014, highlights
findings from a qualitative exploratory study about asthma care for
low-income African American and Latino children age 4–14 in Washington,
DC. It describes three major problems: (1) poor communication among
caregivers, providers, and other stakeholders;(2) inadequate access to
both the quality and quantity of care needed to manage a child's asthma;
and (3) scarce long-term support to address both the social-emotional
and financial burdens created by managing a chronic childhood illness.
American Lung Association (ALA) released its
State of the Air 2014 report
online. In addition to city rankings and trend charts, you can type in
your zip code to see the grades in your county, city, and state.
Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies to help parents
and administrators and staff of schools and early care and education
to develop or strengthen plans for food allergy management and prevention.
Journal of Asthma article reports that caregivers rarely use proper technique when giving their child asthma
medication, putting their child at risk for poor outcomes, according to
new research from The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. For
on using asthma medications and devices, visit
Resources for Families from IMPACT
National Medical Center.
A recent CDC study
environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), even in small amounts, adversely
affects children with
The analysis of 2003-2010 data from the National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey showed that more than half (53.3%) of nonsmoking
children aged 6 to 19 years with asthma were exposed to ETS. Among
children with asthma 6 to 11 years of age, ETS exposure was associated with most adverse
Updated Physician Asthma Care Education (PACE)
Download and use
PACE to improve communication and
therapeutic techniques for managing asthma. PACE also provides instruction
on how to document, code, and improve
asthma counseling reimbursement. Developed by the
University of Michigan Center for Managing Chronic Disease and
Columbia University, the seminar has been found in two rigorous NHLBI-funded
studies to improve asthma care and outcomes.
Asthma Green Light Handbook
for Childcare Providers (PDF: 36 pages, 3.99 MB) developed through a
collaborative effort of DC DOH, UPO, and UDC through the
Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI Project).
Managing Asthma and Allergies in DC Schools: A Comprehensive Resource and
(PDF: 5,272 KB/228 pages) includes relevant laws, sample policies, and
forms; guidance for emergency management of asthma and anaphylaxis; and
recommendations, checklists, and classroom posters.
Need data? Partners?
Health Matters!, a one-stop
resource for online access to asthma and other community health
indicators. The portal also facilitates collaborations among
community-based organizations and researchers. The portal
is maintained by the
District of Columbia
Collaborative, a data-driven collaborative of local D.C. hospitals and
Federally-Qualified Health Centers.
Community Health Needs Assessment for the District of Columbia
identifies asthma, along with
health, substance abuse, and sexual
health, as priority areas for improving the health of D.C.'s
residents. The report, sponsored by the District of Columbia Healthy
was conducted by the RAND Corporation.
Top Asthma Capitals™
from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of
Asthma Surveillance in DC Emergency Departments: 2002-2011. Data for
children, adults, and seniors
from IMPACT DC.
Data Brief: CDC's "Trends
Prevalence, Health Care Use, and Mortality in the United States,
2001–2010" (May 12, 2012).
Asthma State Profiles
detail the burden
of asthma in the 36 states and territories funded by CDC’s National
Asthma Control Program.
Hospitalizations in the National Capital Region, 2004-2006 (PDF:
10 pages/798 KB) developed collaboratively by the District of Columbia Department of
Health and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Download the DC Asthma
Action Plan fill-in-the-blank PDF forms in English and
Spanish (adapted by Children’s National Medical Center from original
form coordinated by the National Capital Asthma Coalition).
"Respirar es vida" ("A Breath of Life") video from the NHLBI to
learn how Jose, his parents, doctor, nurse, promotora (community health
educator), teacher, school nurse, and coach join forces to help Jose
control his asthma. The video is recorded in Spanish and captioned in
English and Spanish.
you know that tobacco smoke can trigger a life-threatening asthma attack?
Get free resources from
www.smokefree.gov or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or in
More Tools and Resources:
National Asthma Control Initiative (NACI) partners:
project findings are featured in the Fall 2012
NACI In the Know eNewsletter.
Implementation Panel Report has
six key actions to help put the NAEPP's
asthma guidelines into practice.
Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities.