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Asthma Resources

Contact the Florida Asthma Program

The Florida Asthma Coalition is a group of volunteers from across the state committed to reducing the overall burden of asthma on Floridians.  Coalition members promote asthma awareness and disease prevention at the community level and work to expand and improve the quality of asthma education, management, and services through system and policies changes.

Learn more about the Coalition at their website: FloridaAsthmaCoalition.com

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Recorded Webinars

Optimal Asthma Treatment in the Emergency Department
Hosted by: Florida Hospital Association Hospital Engagement Network and Florida Asthma Coalition
Recorded: May 14, 2013

  • This webinar is part one of a two-part webinar series. The purpose of these webinars is to raise awareness about best practices for treating asthma in the Emergency Department and providing self-management education and care coordination to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency department visits.

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Online Trainings

Asthma Management and Education
Hosted by: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

  • Provides 7 CE Credits for Registered Nurses
  • Provides 7 CECE Credits for Respiratory Therapists

Asthma in the Primary Care Practice
Step-by-step tutorial intended to assist clinicians in applying the key concepts of the updated recommendations of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Expert Panel Report -3 (EPR-3) into practice. Problem-based learning format will help clinicians apply key changes of the NAEPP, EPR-3; incorporate communication strategies to promote self-management; and integrate trigger reduction recommendations into clinical practice.

  • Provides 3 free Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
  • Provided by the New York State Health, South Bronx Asthma Partnership, and the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, but is applicable to all states and jurisdictions.

Asthma Control: Are you Doing YOUR Part? An Update for School Nurses in School-based Asthma Management
This webinar provides school nurses with information on the six guidelines-based priority messages from the NAEPP’s Guidelines Implementation Panel (GIP) Report, as well as advances in school-based asthma management and techniques to overcome barriers to controlling asthma in the school setting. Hosted by the American School Health Association (Runtime approximately 1 1/2 hours)

Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma: Guidelines for Health Care Providers
These guidelines are aimed at integrating environmental management of asthma into pediatric health care. These documents outline competencies in environmental health relevant to pediatric asthma that should be mastered by health care providers, and outlines the environmental interventions that should be communicated to patients.

Improving Patient Adherence to Asthma Medications
Northeastern University's School of Pharmacy is offering this training free of charge. Since adherence to asthma medication continues to be a challenge, pharmacists can play an integral role in increasing adherence to medication therapy and help patients overcome barriers to compliance. This program focuses on the pharmacist's role in managing asthma and CPEs are available after successful completion of the program.

Integrated Pest Management in Multi-Family Housing
This training, provided by the National Center for Healthy Housing, provides guidance on Integrated Pest Management in Multi-Family Housing. 

Physician Asthma Care Education (PACE)
This webinar introduces PACE and discusses how it can help improve therapeutic techniques, asthma counseling reimbursement, and interactions with patients without adding time to busy schedules. The PACE webinar and additional materials will enable clinicians, particularly those who practice in high-risk communities, to serve as PACE trainers. PACE is a multi-faceted seminar developed by physicians and public health professionals at the University of Michigan and Columbia University that integrates the six priority messages from the ERP-3's Guidelines Implementation Panel (GIP). In multiple trials, PACE improved long-term asthma outcomes, even though PACE-trained physicians spent no more time with their patients than other physicians. Hosted by the Center for Managing Chronic Disease.

Reducing Environmental Triggers of Asthma in the Home
This training is designed for public health nurses (PHNs), certified asthma educators (AE-Cs), community health workers, and environmental specialists. It takes about 40 minutes to complete. Teaches about the triggers of asthma found in the home and suggests simple, realistic interventions to help limit or eliminate exposure to these triggers. The training was developed by the Minnesota Department of Health under a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Asthma Action Plans

An asthma action plan is a written, individualized worksheet that shows the patient and caretakers the steps to take to prevent your asthma from getting worse. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program's Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3 Guidelines) recommend that health care providers caring for patients with asthma work with them to develop an asthma action plan.An asthma action plan also provides guidance on when to call the healthcare provider or when to go to the emergency room right away. There are many versions of asthma action plans available for use (see links below). Regardless of which template is used, health care providers and the patient must work together to ensure the plan includes instructions for both daily management (long-term control medication, if appropriate, and environmental control measures) and actions to manage worsening asthma (what signs, symptoms, and Peak Expiratory Flow (PEF) measures (if used) indicate worsening asthma; what medications to take in response; what signs and symptoms indicate the need for immediate medical care). Written asthma action plans are particularly recommend for patients who have moderate or severe persistent asthma, a history of severe exacerbations, or poorly controlled asthma.

Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) Asthma Action Plans
Plans from RAMP are available in multiple languages, and hard-copies can be ordered at no-cost.

American Lung Association Asthma Action Plan (In Spanish)

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Asthma Trigger Management

Asthma Control: Home-Based Multi-Trigger, Multicomponent Environmental Interventions
The Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommends the use of home-based multi-trigger, multi-component interventions with an environmental focus for children and adolescents with asthma based on evidence of effectiveness in improving overall quality of life and productivity, specifically:

  • Improving asthma symptoms
  • Reducing the number of school days missed to asthma

Asthma Home Environment Checklist
This checklist guides home care visitors in identifying environmental asthma triggers most commonly found in homes.  It includes sections on the building, home interior and room interior and provides low-cost action steps for remediation.

Clearing the Air: 10 Steps to Making your Home Asthma-Friendly (Spanish Version)
This one page, simple to follow guidance document lists recommended actions to help control asthma triggers in the home.

Dusty the Asthma Goldfish and His Asthma Triggers Funbook (Spanish Version)
This educational activity book helps children learn more about asthma triggers.

EnviroFlash - Subscribe to Air Quality Alerts
EnviroFlash is a system that sends e-mails about your daily air quality forecast.   You customize the system and set the level of air quality that you want to be notified about, based on AQI values and health implications.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Asthma
EPA's webpage dedicated to asthma.

Florida Air Now
This website provides the current daily Air Quality Index (AQI) for Florida. The AQI is an index that tells you how clean or polluted the outdoor air is, based on the combination of 5 major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act: ground-level ozone, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide.

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Health Care Practitioners and Health Plan Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Asthma Care Quality Improvement (AHRQ ): A Resource Guide and Workbook for State Action
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action and its companion workbook, Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Workbook for State Action. These materials were designed in partnership with the Council of State Governments to help States assess the quality of asthma care and create quality improvement strategies.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Asthma Return on Investment Calculator
This is a tool for exploring potential financial returns from quality improvement and disease management programs for populations diagnosed with asthma.

American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) - Asthma Self-Management Education (ASME) Accreditation
The AARC established the Asthma Self-Management Education (ASME) to recognize and certify asthma education programs that adhere to high standard of quality.

Asthma Educator Certification
The National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) exam is a voluntary testing program used to assess qualified health professionals knowledge in asthma education. It is an evaluative process that demonstrates that rigorous education and experience requirements have been met.

Florida Society for Respiratory Care (FSRC)
The FSRC encourages and promotes professional excellence, advancing the science and practice of respiratory care, and serves as an advocate for patients, their families, the public, the profession, and the respiratory therapist.

Joint Commission Asthma Certification
The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. This includes but is not limited to hospitals, long term care facilities, home care organizations, health plans, physician groups, and disease management companies.

NAEPP Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3)
The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP), coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), convened an expert panel in 2007 to complete a systematic review of the published medical literature and to update the asthma guidelines to reflect the latest scientific advances.  This document provides new guidance for selecting treatment based on a patient's individual needs and level of asthma control.  The guidelines emphasize that while asthma can be controlled, the condition can change over time and differs among individuals and by age groups, emphasizing the importance of regularly monitoring the patient's level of asthma control and adjusting treatment as needed.

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