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  (July 2015) 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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NEW: Enroll your child in Breathe DC's Camp Breathe Happy (August 9-13, 2015) for children with asthma ages 8-12. Request an application online, or apply by phone at (202) 574-6789 or by email (see also flyer). Not in D.C.?  Find a camp near you through the Consortium of Children's Asthma Camps.  

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Along Came Pollen (Aired May 27, 2015, 5:03). An allergy tsunami? The worse allergy season ever? the Daily Show's Jon Stewart asks Mike Tringale of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Indeed, each allergy season really may be getting worse year after year, and global warming plays a part.

 

York teen with ‘beautiful heart’ dies from asthma complications. (By Andrew Dys, The Herald, Rock Hill, SC, Jul. 2, 2015). Condolences to family and friends of Stevie Brandon Davis of York, SC, age 14. Stevie’s mother, Chrissy Thomas, donated his organs to help others, “I wanted his beautiful heart to keep beating in someone else.” Nearly 10 people die of asthma each day in the U.S., reports CDC. Get tips for controlling asthma from the NHLBI.

 

In the News:

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

Photo: Katherine Frey, The Washington Post

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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.

Announcements:

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NEW: Registration now open for the Association of Asthma Educators Annual Conference to be held on July 31 through August 2, 2015, in Anaheim, California. View the AAE Conference Brochure for the three-day agenda.

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NEW: 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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NEW: 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.

bullet 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.

D.C. Asthma Resources:

   

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

  

 

For Professionals:

 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)

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:

   

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

    

 

Tools and training programs from NHLBI's National Asthma Control Initiative (NACI) partners:

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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Food Allergy Corner

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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).

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

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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.

For Patients/Caregivers (En Español):

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Download your D.C. Asthma Action Plan form in English or Spanish. The NAEPP's Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma recommend that all children and adults with asthma have a written asthma action plan as one of six key actions to keep asthma under control.

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Need help at home? The District Department of 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.

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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.

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

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Watch or order the 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.

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Did 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 Spanish: 1-855-DÉJELO-YA.

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

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Get EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit and learn how to promote a healthy learning environment at your school to reduce absenteeism, improve test scores, and enhance student and staff productivity.

Data:

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

 

 

 

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