(April 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
email@example.com or (202) 415-1962.
News: Asthma & Poverty in D.C. video with Dr. Elena Reece, Howard
University Hospital, and Dr. Michael LeNoir, President, National Medical
Association (Erika Edwards, NBC, January 2, 2014, 2:29)
Children’s Hospital aims to cut asthma-related ER visits
Schulte, Washington Post, October 12, 2013)
DC Health Link, Maryland
Health Connection, or Enroll
DC Asthma Action Plan form in English or Spanish
Do you know how to put the
six key actions for controlling asthma
See links to "Resources from
National Asthma Control Initiative (NACI)
partners" at bottom right
for helpful tools, trainings, and other resources for
health care providers, schools, and patients.
for free EPA webinar, Closing the Gap: Addressing Asthma
Disparities in Schools.
On May 1, 2014, from 2:00 PM─3:30
PM, EDT, this
webinar will showcase how two
innovative programs (Los Angeles Unified School District and the
Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey) reduced asthma
disparities in their school systems through a comprehensive,
partnership-based approach to promote indoor air quality management.
In the News:
NBC's Erika Edwards produced
video news story on Asthma & Poverty in southeast D.C. with Dr.
Allergist/Immunologist, Howard University Hospital, and Dr. Michael
LeNoir, President, National Medical Association.
The D.C. story aired on stations across the country in advance of
Dateline's "Breathless" ─ produced as part of a
year-long NBC News "In Plain Sight" project reporting on poverty in
America supported by the Ford Foundation.
Children’s Hospital aims to cut asthma-related ER visits (Washington
Post, October 12,
2013). The reporter, Brigid Schulte, does a great job of
capturing the problem of asthma and poverty in D.C., and pointing the
way to what we need to do to help children and families control asthma
and prevent emergency room visits. Visit the accompanying
photo gallery for inspiring photos and stories.
Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies 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.
EPA announces its
Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management winners.
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 Medical Center.
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
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."
Management and Education Online continuing education (CE) program
professionals from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of
America. Earn credits for learning about the NAEPP’s “Four Components of
Asthma Management,” based on the latest clinical guidelines.|
Updated 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.
Need data? Partners?
Health Matters!, a one-stop
resource for online access to asthma and other community health
indicators. The portal also facilitates collaborations among
community-based organizations 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
from IMPACT DC.
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.
Lisa A. Gilmore is quoted in the latest
Washington Post story on asthma and poverty in D.C.
Lisa A. Gilmore, MBA, MSW
is on the Advisory Boards of
The Healthy House
Housekeeping Channel, and
Download the DC Asthma
Action Plan fill-in-the-blank PDF forms in English and
Spanish (adapted by Children’s National Medical Center from original
form coordinated by the National Capital Asthma Coalition).
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.