Asthma Information Links
Health Care Links
- Institute for Health Care Improvement
- The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a not-for-profit organization leading the improvement of health care throughout the world. Founded in 1991 and based in Boston, Massachusetts, IHI is a catalyst for change, cultivating innovative concepts for improving patient care and implementing programs for putting those ideas into action. Thousands of health care providers participate in IHI's groundbreaking work.
- National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality
- The National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is an education and research organization dedicated solely to improving the quality of health care provided to children. Founded in 1999, NICHQ's mission is to eliminate the gap between what is and what can be in health care for all children. NICHQ connects organizations and individuals who care about children with those who are experts in improvement. NICHQ's core services include educational programs, including Learning Collaboratives, regional improvement partnerships, and its quality performance data system.
- Improving Chronic Illness Care
- Improving Chronic Illness Care (ICIC) is a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based at the MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation, within Group Health Cooperative of Seattle. The program seeks to improve the care of the chronically ill through three main program components: Improvement Collaboratives, Targeted Research Grants Program, and a Dissemination Project. The Chronic Care Model is the practical model at the heart of the Improving Chronic Illness Care program.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Professional Education and Resources has a self-paced AAP Continuing Medical Education (CME) Activity: Education in Quality Improvement for Pediatric Practice (eQIPP) - Asthma. This is an innovative quality improvement CME program that allows the general pediatrician and family physician to evaluate their practice online. eQIPP offers tested tools that can be easily implemented into practice to enhance the asthma care provided to children.
- New Treatment Guidelines for Pregnant women with Asthma Managing Asthma During Pregnancy: Recommendations for Pharmacologic Treatment - Update 2004
- This report updates the Report of the Working Group on Asthma and Pregnancy published by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) in 1993. Since then, modification to the general asthma treatment guidelines, Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (1997) and a subsequent Update 2002, release of new asthma medications, revisions to the severity classification of asthma, and publication of new gestational safety data were sufficient to warrant an evidence-based update of the 1993 report.
Asthma In Schools links
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) "Strategies for Addressing Asthma Within a Coordinated School Health Program"
- The CDC document "Strategies for Addressing Asthma Within a Coordinated School Health Program" provides a concise list of strategies with accompanying actions for schools to take to help students manage asthma through a coordinated approach.
- National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) "Managing Asthma: A Guide For Schools"
- This guide is intended to assist schools that are planning and/or maintaining an asthma management program. This guide provides followup steps for schools that currently identify students with asthma through health forms or emergency cards or plan to do so. It is designed to offer practical information to school staff members of every position.
- American Lung Association (ALA) "Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative"(AFSI)
- The American Lung Association, along with key partners, started the Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative (AFSI) in 2001 as a cooperative agreement with the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Adolescent and School Health to assist local communities and community organizations in planning and implementing comprehensive asthma management programs within their local schools and existing school structure. Program information and the asthma friendly tool kit is available.
Related Links Within New York State:
- Occupational Lung Disease Registry
- NYS Occupational Health Clinic Network
- Childhood Asthma and Environmental Risk Factors in the City of Buffalo, New York: Information Sheet - January 2005
- New York City Asthma Partnership
- New York City Childhood Asthma Initiative
- Ozone Fact Sheet
- For Legislative Activities related to Asthma in NYS, please go to the following website: http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/ -- select from the drop down menu "Word Search - Bills" then search with the word "Asthma"
Related Links Outside of New York State:
- Environmetal Protection Agency (EPA)
- IAQ Tools for Schools Program
- Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3)
- Air Pollution and Respiratory Health - CDC APRHB
- National Center for Health Statistics - FASTATS A-Z - Asthma
- Healthy People 2010 - Respiratory Diseases
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Insititute: National Asthma Education and Prevention Program
- Action Against Asthma A Strategic Plan for the Department of Health and Human Services May 2000
- AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology
- American Lung Association
- American Lung Association: Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative
- MEDLINE plus
- Consumer health information resources from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Medicine. The following link is for asthma information: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/asthma.html
Glossary of Asthma Terms
- Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment - click on "Asthma Basics" to view a glossary of commonly used terms relating to asthma.
Asthma triggers in general and trigger management
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
- Provides information for patients and providers and has a series of tip brochures. The link below takes you to their Asthma triggers and Management brochure, which describes categories of asthma triggers including examples of allergens and irritants. The brochure also mentions factors such as reflux disease (GERD) and emotions as asthma triggers. http://www.aaaai.org/patients/publicedmat/tips/asthmatriggersandmgmt.stm The web site also offers information about the prevalence, causes and prevention of occupational asthma. http://www.aaaai.org/patients/publicedmat/tips/occupationalasthma.stm.
- The American Lung Association
- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
- Click on "Asthma and Allergies" and there is a brief description of asthma, an asthma attack and triggers. The web site for the New England Chapter http://www.asthmaandallergies.org/ has a page devoted to specific recommendations for controlling asthma triggers in the home and in child care and school settings.
- Connecticut Department of Public Health
- Offers information about asthma triggers and provides advice about reducing exposures. The site also has information about occupational asthma with links to their publications addressing specific topics..
- The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
- Maintains a website with information about asthma triggers, signs symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of asthma and advice for managing some asthma triggers in "What Is Asthma?". http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Asthma/Asthma_WhatIs.html
Indoor Asthma Triggers
- American Lung Association
- Information on controlling asthma triggers at home in "What are Asthma and Allergy Triggers?".
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Provides a general overview of the commonly listed indoor triggers with links to other EPA documents containing more detailed information about some of the sources (e.g., woodstoves). The additional links are not necessarily focused on asthma.
- Environmental Council of States
- Listing of links to government (state and federal) web sites with information on specific indoor triggers in "Indoor Environmental Triggers".