(December 2014) 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
firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 415-1962.
Lisa A. Gilmore of DCAsthma.org provided tips
and insights for these media stories:
Photo: Katherine Frey, The
Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.
Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu,
The Washington Post
Don’t let asthma keep you from exercising (By Mike Plunkett, The
Washington Post, December 8, 2014):
“Exercise and staying fit is recommended with asthma, whether it is
adult-onset or exercise-induced,” said Lisa Gilmore.... “Asthma is very
controllable, if you’re following the asthma guidelines and taking
medication as needed.”
Five Ways to Control Asthma with Lisa A. Gilmore in
Mediaplanet's Asthma &
Allergy Awareness insert (The Washington Post, May 5, 2014)
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
Schulte, The Washington Post, October 12, 2013): "Controlling asthma
requires ongoing coaching," said Lisa Gilmore, [former] executive
director of the National Capital Asthma Coalition.
a D.C. public housing resident? If yes,
apply for a
Breathe DC mini-grant
of up to $2,500 by the deadline of January 23, 2014 to develop and host
community outreach activities to promote smoke-free housing and share
resources with your neighbors who smoke to help them quit smoking. To
learn more about the mini-grants, supported with funding from the D.C.
Department of Health's Community Health Administration, information
sessions will be held on January 7, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Dorothy
Library located at 3935 Benning Road, NE, and on January 9, 2015 at 1:00
p.m. at THEARC, located at 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE.
Apply for EPA’s 2015 National Environmental Leadership
Award in Asthma Management.
Applications are due January 30, 2015, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
Read about the
Health Plan, Atlanta, GA;
Medical Center, Boston, MA; and
County Health Department, Portland, OR.
EPA’s 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
(closing date: January 9, 2015) and
EPA-NIH Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities
(closing date: January 9, 2015). Search
for other federal grant opportunities.
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
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.
new EPA Webinar Series: Making the Case for Environmental Health,
Academic Performance and High-Performing Facilities. The first
webinar in this 10-part Master Class Webinar Series is scheduled for
December 11, 2014 1:00–2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The series is designed to
the capacity of school district staff across the county to start,
improve or sustain an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) management program (CEUs
Management and Education Online is a free self-paced continuing education (CE) program
professionals from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of
America. Earn credits for learning about the
Components of Asthma Management,” based on the latest clinical guidelines.
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
Tools for your clinical practice from the
Asthma Quality Improvement (QI) Learning Collaborative conducted
by the Children’s National Health Network are available online.
key actions for controlling asthma
See links to "Resources from
National Asthma Control Initiative
partners" on this page at bottom
right for helpful tools, trainings, and other resources for
health care providers, schools, and patients.
Building an Asthma Care Home─a 60-minute pre-recorded online
professional education webinar─and other tools from the
Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.
Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes webpage from the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development includes
links to asthma-related healthy homes fact sheets, training programs,
and outreach materials, including the
Help Yourself to a Healthy Home booklet.
Asthma Online Tool
Kit from the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). NASN's
tool kit includes online asthma continuing education and a
Joint Statement on Improving Asthma Management in Schools recommending that, "All school systems
should adopt and implement a comprehensive plan for the management of
asthma that is based on current research and best practices." as well as,
environmental assessment and management plan that addresses
environmental asthma triggers."
Physician Asthma Care Education (PACE)
Download and use
PACE to improve communication and
therapeutic techniques for managing asthma. PACE also provides instruction
on how to document, code, and improve
asthma counseling reimbursement. Developed by the
University of Michigan Center for Managing Chronic Disease and
Columbia University, the seminar has been found in two rigorous NHLBI-funded
studies to improve asthma care and outcomes.
Asthma Green Light Handbook
for Childcare Providers (PDF: 36 pages, 3.99 MB) developed through a
collaborative effort of DC DOH, UPO, and UDC through the
Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI Project).
Managing Asthma and Allergies in DC Schools: A Comprehensive Resource and
(PDF: 5,272 KB/228 pages) includes relevant laws, sample policies, and
forms; guidance for emergency management of asthma and anaphylaxis; and
recommendations, checklists, and classroom posters.
of Childhood Asthma: Lessons for Building a Better System of Care,
a report from the Urban Institute released in April 2014, highlights
findings from a qualitative exploratory study about asthma care for
low-income African American and Latino children age 4–14 in Washington,
DC. It describes three major problems: (1) poor communication among
caregivers, providers, and other stakeholders;(2) inadequate access to
both the quality and quantity of care needed to manage a child's asthma;
and (3) scarce long-term support to address both the social-emotional
and financial burdens created by managing a chronic childhood illness.
State of the Air 2014 report
from the American Lung Association. In addition to city rankings and trend charts, you can type in
your zip code to see the grades in your county, city, and state.
Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies released by the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help parents
and administrators and staff of schools and early care and education
to develop or strengthen plans for food allergy management and prevention.
Journal of Asthma article reports that caregivers rarely use proper technique when giving their child asthma
medication, putting their child at risk for poor outcomes, according to
new research from The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. For
on using asthma medications and devices, visit
Resources for Families from IMPACT
National Health System.
A recent CDC study
environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), even in small amounts, adversely
affects children with
The analysis of 2003-2010 data from the National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey showed that more than half (53.3%) of nonsmoking
children aged 6 to 19 years with asthma were exposed to ETS. Among
children with asthma 6 to 11 years of age, ETS exposure was associated with most adverse
Need local data? Partners?
Health Matters!, a one-stop
resource for online access to asthma and other community health
indicators. The portal also facilitates collaborations among
and researchers. The portal is maintained by the District of Columbia
Collaborative, a data-driven collaborative of local D.C. hospitals and
Federally-Qualified Health Centers.
Community Health Needs Assessment for the District of Columbia
identifies asthma, along with
health, substance abuse, and sexual
health, as priority areas for improving the health of D.C.'s
residents. The report, sponsored by the District of Columbia Healthy
was conducted by the RAND Corporation.
Top Asthma Capitals™
from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of
Asthma Surveillance in DC Emergency Departments: 2002-2011. Data for
children, adults, and seniors
Data Brief: CDC's "Trends
Prevalence, Health Care Use, and Mortality in the United States,
2001–2010" (May 12, 2012).
Asthma State Profiles
detail the burden
of asthma in the 36 states and territories funded by CDC’s National
Asthma Control Program.
Hospitalizations in the National Capital Region, 2004-2006 (PDF:
10 pages/798 KB) developed collaboratively by the District of Columbia Department of
Health and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Resources for Families page from IMPACT
National Health System for instructions and video on how to use asthma
medications and devices.
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.
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
More Tools and Resources:
National Asthma Control Initiative (NACI) partners:
project findings are featured in the Fall 2012
NACI In the Know eNewsletter.
Implementation Panel Report has
six key actions to help put the NAEPP's
asthma guidelines into practice.
Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities.