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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.

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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.

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The recently revised Managing Asthma: A Guide for Schools is now available from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The guide provides school personnel with guidance on practical ways to implement effective asthma management in school settings and includes reproducible educational materials, along with resources for finding more information.

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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.

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 Study Reviews Evidence of Environmental Exposures and Development of Childhood Asthma, published in the November 2014 edition of BMJ Open.

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Healthcare Financing of Healthy Homes. This new resource library from the National Center for Healthy Homes provides examples and strategies for financing home-based asthma programs and related services.

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The Advocates' Toolkit: Making an Impact on Anaphylaxis! newly released by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is a comprehensive guide to advocacy aimed to protect Americans at risk for severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). Use the Toolkit to learn more about volunteer advocacy, how laws are made, tips for sharing your personal story, communicating with legislators, building support with other advocates, and even speaking at public hearings without fear

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Many Children with Asthma Have Reaction to Peanuts, But Do Not Know It according to a study released at the American Thoracic Society 2015 International Conference.

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Patient education essential for improving asthma control since “Improper administration of metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) has been strongly correlated with a patient's ability to control their asthma,” according to a study released at the American Academy of Physician Assistants 2015 meeting. See also videos on how to use your asthma inhaler from CDC.

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

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recently released the 2015 Asthma CapitalsTM report, ranking the 100 most challenging cities to live in the United States with asthma.

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Get the latest NACI In the Know enewsletter from the NHLBI's National Asthma Control Initiative. The Spring 2015 issue includes: Spotlight on New Bilingual Asthma Resources - Spring 2015 Spanish Asthma Action Plans; and Update on HHC Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, a former NACI Demonstration Project.

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(May 31, 2015) A Cochrane review of chronic disease management programs for adults with asthma has found evidence of their potential effectiveness when compared with usual care. The study suggests that these programs can improve asthma-specific quality of life, asthma severity, and lung function.

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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.

Past Events

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2013 Asthma Awareness Month (May) and World Asthma Day (May 7)
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It’s time to control asthma blog by Kate Fink, FHI 360 Communication Officer, posted on World Asthma Day, May 7, 2013.

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Spanish Podcast for Families on Asthma Management. Clip of Lois Wessel, FNP, Associate Director for Programs, Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, on Univision Radio speaking about what families can do to manage asthma.

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Get your EPA Event Planning Kit for Asthma Awareness Month (May) and World Asthma Day (May 7, 2013).

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2012 National Asthma Control Initiative World Asthma Day and Asthma Awareness Month
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World Asthma Day Plain Language Matte Article (PDF, 56 Kb)

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NIH Radio Podcast with Dr. James Kiley, Director of the Division of Lung Diseases, NHLBI (May 18, 2012)

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Use Maintenance of Certification Process to Assess and Improve Your Asthma Care webinar transcript (August 8, 2012)

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Let's Bench Asthma: Keep Students with Asthma Physically Active and in the Game webinar transcript (June 5, 2012)

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Regional Perspectives on Educating Diverse Communities about Asthma webinar transcript (May 8, 2012)

 

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First National Capital Region Asthma Partnership Conference (May 6, 2010)

“Partnering across state lines to address the burden of asthma.”
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Agenda (PDF: 122 KB/1 page)

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Presentations

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Workshop Proceedings (PDF: 143 KB/9 pages)

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NCAC and Lisa A. Gilmore featured in Asthma Education Makes Cents (PDF: 286 KB/3 pages) cover story in Advance for Managers of Respiratory Care, March 2009, Vol. 18, No. 2.

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World Asthma Day 2009 news release (PDF: 65 KB/2 pages) and agenda (PDF: 50 KB/1 page): On May 7, the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (MACCHE), Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc. (HSCSN), and DC Partnership to Improve Children’s Healthcare Quality (DC PICHQ) conducted a forum for healthcare providers and community partners on putting the national asthma guidelines into practice.

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