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Reports and Studies:
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View the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council Asthma Expert Working Group's Draft Needs Assessment Report for Potential Update of the Expert Panel Report-3 (2007): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma, April 2014.

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Making Sense 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.

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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.

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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 programs to develop or strengthen plans for food allergy management and prevention.

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A recent 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 tips on using asthma medications and devices, visit Resources for Families from IMPACT DC at Children's National Health System.

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A recent CDC study shows that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), even in small amounts, adversely affects children with asthma. 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 outcomes.

Asthma Data

DC and Regional Asthma Data and Reports:

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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. The portal also facilitates collaborations among community-based organizations and researchers. The portal is maintained by the District of Columbia Healthy Communities Collaborative, a data-driven collaborative of local D.C. hospitals and Federally-Qualified Health Centers.

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D.C.'s 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment for the District of Columbia identifies asthma, along with obesitymental 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 Communities Collaborative, was conducted by the RAND Corporation.

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Asthma Surveillance in DC Emergency Departments: 2002-2011. Data for children, adults, and seniors from IMPACT DC.

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Asthma Data Brief: CDC's "Trends in Asthma Prevalence, Health Care Use, and Mortality in the United States, 2001–2010" (May 12, 2012).

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Asthma State Profiles detail the burden of asthma in the 36 states and territories funded by CDC’s National Asthma Control Program.

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Asthma 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.

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Asthma Hospitalizations in the National Capital Region, 2004-2006 (PDF: 10 pages/798 KB) - DC and MD collaborative data report.

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Asthma Surveillance in DC Emergency Departments: 2002-2011- Data for adults, children, and seniors  (IMPACT DC, "Asthma Surveillance")

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DOH-Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory-CDC asthma study, (PDF: 601 KB/14 pages), "Medicaid patient asthma-related acute care visits and their associations with ozone and particulates in Washington, DC, from 1994–2005." S. Babin et al. Int J Environ Health Res. 2008 Jun;18(3):209-21.

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Healthy People 2010 Plan Mid-Course Revisions asthma objectives (DC Department of Health)

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RAND Working Paper Phase 1 Summary and Report: Assessing Health and Health Care in DC

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Rand Working Paper Phase 2 Summary and Report: Assessing Health and Health Care in DC

National Asthma Data and Reports Sheets:

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CDC Vital Signs: Secondhand Smoke. No level of secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure is safe. SHS kills more than 400 infants and 41,000 adult nonsmokers every year....About 2 in every 5 children (including 7 in 10 black children) are exposed to SHS. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or go to www.smokefree.gov for free help, if you or someone you know smokes and wants to quit.

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Asthma Data Brief released: "Trends in Asthma Prevalence, Health Care Use, and Mortality in the United States, 2001–2010" (May 12, 2012).

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Asthma Prevalence, Health Care Use, and Mortality: United States, 2005–2009 (PDF: 15 pages/221 KB)

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Asthma in Children Data Fact Sheet (PDF: 4 pages/211 KB) (DC Department of Health, 2009)

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Asthma in Older Adults Fact Sheet (PDF: 4 pages/272 KB) (DC Department of Health, 2009)

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Asthma Facts (PDF: 314 KB/2 pages) (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, February 2010)

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Asthma FASTSTATS (National Center for Health Statistics)

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Disponible en Español aquí (PDF: 130 KB/2 pages) (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, March 2010)

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Federal Asthma Outcomes Workshop report from NHLBI and NIH recommends standard definitions and data collection methods for asthma studies (March 5, 2012).

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State of Childhood Asthma and Future Directions: Strategies for Implementing Best Practices Pediatrics supplement, March 2009, with recommendations from the Merck Childhood Asthma Network Conference.

National Surveys:

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Children and Asthma in America - 2004 National Survey & Data Slides (GlaxoSmithKline)

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Asthma in America - 1998 National Survey & Data Slides (GlaxoSmithKline)

Latest News, Articles, and Research:

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Environews by Topic: Asthma (Journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)

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GOOGLE Asthma News

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GOOGLE SCHOLAR Articles

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Medline Plus-Asthma (National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health)

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PubMed (National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health)

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YAHOO Asthma News

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