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  (March 2016) 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 lgilmore@natcapasthma.org or (202) 415-1962.

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EPA's Coordinated  Care: Making In-Home Asthma Visit Referrals Work


It's Not Too Early to Start Planning Your Event for Asthma Awareness Month This May


MCAN Releases Its 10-Year Impact Report: Translating Evidence into Practice


NEW Webinar slides, speaker notes, and video link and online webinar forum Q&A are now available. Moderated by Sheila Brown, EPA, and facilitated by Lisa A. Gilmore, with speakers from D.C.'s Department of Energy and Environment and Unity Health Care, Inc. and the Boston Public Health Commission, this discussion offers actions that you can take to overcome barriers to successful referrals for in-home asthma visits.


NEW: Each May, thousands of groups across the United States and the world host events to raise awareness of effective asthma management strategies. Use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Asthma Awareness Month Event Planning Kit and join the Asthma Community Network to learn more. The Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition also provides press and social media toolkits for Asthma Awareness Month.


NEW: You now can find resources and tools from the Merck Childhood Asthma Network on AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org. MCAN resources include the 10-year Impact Report; implementation guide and eLearning videos from the Community Healthcare for Asthma Management and Prevention of Symptoms (CHAMPS) intervention; patient education handouts and symptom assessment questionnaires; and MCAN webinar and conference archives


In the News:

Lisa A. Gilmore of DCAsthma.org provided tips and insights for these media stories:

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Don’t let asthma keep you from exercising (By Mike Plunkett, The Washington Post, Dec. 8, 2014): “Exercise and staying fit is recommended with asthma, whether it is adult-onset or exercise-induced,” said Lisa Gilmore. Five Ways to Control Asthma with Lisa A. Gilmore in Mediaplanet's Asthma & Allergy Awareness insert (The Washington Post, May 5, 2014) NBC News: Asthma & Poverty in D.C. video with Dr. Elena Reece, Howard University Hospital, and Dr. Michael LeNoir, President, National Medical Association (Produced by Erika Edwards, NBC, January 2, 2014, 2:29)

Children’s Hospital aims to cut asthma-related ER visits article and photo gallery (By Brigid Schulte, The Washington Post, Oct. 12, 2013): "Controlling asthma requires ongoing coaching," said Lisa Gilmore.

News and Resources (see more News and Resources):

bullet NEW: RAMP and the California School-Based Health Alliance announce the development of a new tool—the Asthma Environmental Intervention Guide for School-Based Health Centers. The purpose of this guide is to support school-based health center staff in leading or supporting evidence-based strategies and promising practices to reduce exposure to environmental asthma triggers.


New EPA Podcast Available: A+ IAQ: Cost-Effective First Steps for Schools to Implement an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management Program and Improve Asthma Outcomes.


Use the checklists in the IAQ Tools for Schools mobile app to assess your school environment and help identify and prevent asthma triggers.

bullet The Clean Power Plan Final Rule, signed by EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy on August 3, 2015, would prevent an estimated 90,000 pediatric asthma attacks in the U.S. each year, and reduce missed school and work days by 300,000. According to the American Lung Association's State of the Air 2015 report, nearly 138.5 million people—almost 44 percent of the nation—still live where pollution levels are too often dangerous to breathe.

Study Reviews Evidence of Environmental Exposures and Development of Childhood Asthma, published in the November 14 edition of BMJ Open.


National Governors Association's Health Investments That Pay Off: Strategies for Addressing Asthma in Children 2015 report recommends strategies to implement and finance asthma-based interventions.


Did you know that all 50 states and D.C. now have self-carry laws for asthma and anaphylaxis medications? Some states also allow schools to stock emergency supplies of asthma and/or anaphylaxis medications. See Schools for about D.C.'s Student Access to Treatment Act of 2007. See also the Allergy & Asthma Network’s state self-medication laws and state laws on stock epinephrine and the American Lung Association's Improving Access to Asthma Medication in Schools: Laws, policies, practices and recommendations to find out where your state stands on life-saving asthma and anaphylaxis medications in school.

D.C. Resources:


DOH-endorsed DC Asthma Action Plan (English and Spanish) and DC DOH Anaphylaxis Action Plan (PDF: 1.3 MB/4 pages)



Need help quitting? Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), or in Spanish: 1-855-DÉJELO-YA, for free resources. The D.C. Department of Health also provides a list of smoking cessation programs.

For Professionals:    

The NAEPP's Guidelines Implementation Panel Report has six key actions to help put the NAEPP's asthma guidelines into practice.



NEW: Improve your asthma care with modules and tools from the Asthma Quality Improvement (QI) Learning Collaborative now available online from the Children’s National Health Network (CNHN). CNHN is currently a Portfolio Sponsor for The American Board of Pediatrics Quality Improvement Projects Maintenance of Certification program.

For more information, contact Tamara John, Program Coordinator, CNHN.

For Schools:


Managing Asthma and Allergies in DC Schools: A Comprehensive Resource and Education Guide


DC School Asthma/Anaphylaxis Emergency Poster endorsed by DOH and DC Public Schools (PDF: 311 KB/1 page)

Download or order NHLBI's award-winning Asthma & Physical Activity in the School.


Get EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit and learn how to promote a healthy learning environment at your school.

A Guide to Good Asthma Care brochure (PDF: 2 MB/2 pages) free to copy or reprint.


A+ LIFE© (Asthma Learning Is For Everyone)©, a fun, family education program.

Federal Resources:


Download or order the Respirar es vida ("A Breath of Life") manual, companion picture card book, and video from the NHLBI designed to help promotores teach a 6-lesson course on asthma management and control specifically created for the Latino community.



Get tools and training programs from NHLBI's National Asthma Control Initiative (NACI) partners The initiative's Spring 2015 issue also includes: Spotlight on New Bilingual Asthma Resources, a Spanish Asthma Action Plan; and Update on HHC Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, a former NACI Demonstration Project.

CDC Awards Funding for Comprehensive Asthma Control. In September 2015, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced five-year funding awards to 23 state health departments for “Comprehensive Asthma Control Through Evidence-based Strategies and Public Health—Health Care Collaboration”


June 2012: Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities.


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For Patients/Caregivers (En Español):


Download the D.C. Asthma Action Plan form in English or Spanish and take it to the doctor. Don't forget to bring a signed copy to your child's school.


Need help with asthma at home? The District Department of Energy & Environment's (DDOE) Lead-Safe and Healthy Homes program and its DC Partnership for Healthy Homes work to identify and end asthma, lead, and other environmental health and safety threats, and to improve energy efficiency. Eligible participants receive a home environmental assessment and energy audit, family education, an asthma management diagnostic, and case management coordination. You can also learn more about home hazards at DDOE's Lead-Safe and Healthy Homes Hub.


Asthma resources for Families from IMPACT DC at Children's National Health System includes instructions and video on how to use asthma medications and devices.


Learn more about participating in clinical research at the NIH Clinical Research Trials and You Web site.


NEW: The recently revised Managing Asthma: A Guide for Schools now available from NHLBI provides guidance on practical ways to implement effective asthma management in school settings and includes reproducible educational materials, along with resources for finding more information.



Need local data? Partners? Visit DC Health Matters!, a one-stop resource for online access to asthma and other community health indicators.

Food Allergy Corner


Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) educates families and communities with practical food allergy management strategies to save lives and improve the quality of life for children and their families. It also offers the largest online support community for families raising children with food allergies and it's free! KFA is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).


Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) provides information, tools, resources, for people with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis.


Download CDC's Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies in Schools and Early Care and Education Centers, developed in fulfillment of the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act to improve food safety in the United States.

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When in doubt, administer epinephrine, recommends a panel of allergists and emergency physicians in an article on addressing barriers to emergency anaphylaxis care published online in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology on August 6. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology convened the panel in November 2014. Anaphylaxis is a systemic life-threatening allergic reaction.


Along Came Pollen (Aired May 27, 2015, 5:03). The Daily Show's Jon Stewart asks Mike Tringale of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), is it really the worst allergy season ever?

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