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  (May 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: Participate in Asthma Awareness Month (AAM)! Connect with programs at AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org and use EPA's AAM Event Planning Kit to create events in your community.   NEW: 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.  

NEW: 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.


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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Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu, The Washington Post

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.



NEW: Register now for the EPA Webinar & Discussion! Data to Dollars: 2015 Asthma Award Winners Share Their Stories!  Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Q&A Session: 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT in the AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org.


NEW: Did you know that all 50 states 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 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.

DC Asthma Resources:

DC Strategic Asthma Plan: 2009-2013

(PDF: 55 pages/4.6 MB)

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


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.


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For Patients/Caregivers (En Español):


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.


Download your DC 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.


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).


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.


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.


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 Professionals

NEW: Asthma Quality Improvement (QI) Learning Collaborative tools for your clinical practice now available online from the Children’s National Health Network.

For Schools:

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


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.


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.



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

Federal Resources:

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) awarded funds to 23 state health departments under the Funding Opportunity Announcement for “Comprehensive Asthma Control Through Evidence-based Strategies and Public Health—Health Care Collaboration” for a five-year period.

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


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


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