Asthma Resources- Help On The Web

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Here are a number of different organizations that can provide you with information and asthma resources. See if any of these resources might help you.

American Lung Association

The American Lung Association attempts to save lives and improve respiratory health through education, advocacy, and research. The organization is a leader in setting up asthma-care partnerships nationally and fought to continue funding for the National Asthma Control Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The association provides families, schools and health care professionals training, tools and other asthma resources to improve asthma care for children.

The Canadian Lung Association has a similar role in Canada.

Allergy & Asthma Network- Mothers Of Asthmatics (AANMA)

Founded by Nancy Sander in 1985 after going through years of difficulties with symptoms, doctors and not wanting the same thing for other families, the Allergy & Asthma Network’s mission is to “eliminate unnecessary suffering and death due to asthma, allergies, and related conditions through education, advocacy, and outreach.” The AANMA provides families with patient friendly medical news, practical resources for home and medical settings to improve asthma.

The foundation has been involved in asthma advocacy issues such as student’s rights to access inhalers and issues surrounding changes from CFC to HFA inhalers. Outreach is available across the country and serves local communities.

One example is their Hispanic outreach program that developed culturally competent materials and puts volunteers with underserved families to improve asthma care.

Centers For Disease Control (CDC)

The CDC works 24/7 to fight all sorts of diseases and supports U.S. communities and citizens in this effort as well.

The flagship asthma resource is the National Asthma Control Program. This comprehensive program focuses on improving local asthma surveillance as well as education of individuals, organizations, and health care providers.

Asthma And Allergy Foundation Of America (AAFA)

The mission of AAFA is to improve the quality of life of people who suffer from asthma and other allergic diseases through education, advocacy and research. The organization has regional chapters that form the grassroots foundation of AAFA. Volunteers run education programs, provide services for special populations, and many other programs for patients with allergic disease,

Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA’s mission is to protect Americans from risks to health in the home and environment. The agency primarily focuses on environmental issues related to asthma. A number of their issues include:

  • Environmental asthma triggers
  • Control of indoor and outdoor pollutants that contribute to asthma exacerbations
  • Improve knowledge and awareness of asthma environmental issues
  • Provide recommendations to assist in environmental management of asthma

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

The NHLBI sponsors the development of the most widely used asthma practice guideline for health care professionals.

Periodically reviewed and updated, it is the standard of care for asthma treatment.

Additionally, the NHLBI provides consumer-based information for patients with asthma such as information on asthma diagnosis and treatment. NHLBI also provides information for healthcare professionals as well as participating in policy and advocacy projects.

The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program is coordinated by NHLBI with participation from many other organizations.

National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)

NEEF’s main focus is to promote environmental health into health care education and practice with a special emphasis on protecting children and other constituencies disproportionately impacted by environmental pollutants.

NEEF’s Pediatric Asthma Initiative is attempting to train more primary care and nursing professionals to incorporate environmental management into asthma practice. NEEF is using a train the trainer approach to increase knowledge and training among faculty in U.S. professional schools. They hope to have more than 10,000 professionals trained within 7 years.

Kids On The Block

Kids on the Block has developed an asthma puppet show that has Jason and his friend Scott talking about asthma. The program starts out with a discussion among the friends about what it is like to have asthma. The program also discusses sports participation, asthma action plans, and emotional impacts of asthma.

National Jewish Medical Center

One of the leading respiratory centers in the world, their website provides well thought out asthma content that is both brief and informational.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

This organization of 6,800 members in the United States, Canada and 72 other countries representing numerous medical disciplines provides advocacy as well as patient and provider education. The organization also develops the careers of young scientists who research asthma and allergy.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

A professional advocacy organization for kids, AAP's members are the largest group of physicians providing asthma care to kids. The organization sponsors a number of advocacy and outreach activities related to asthma.

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