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Resources for Healthcare Professionals

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Florida Asthma Coalition Asthma-Friendly Hospital Recognition (FAC): Understanding the valuable role hospitals play in caring for patients with asthma, FAC developed the Asthma-Friendly Hospital recognition by collaborating with administrative, clinical, and supportive partners across the state. The steps taken by hospitals to earn this recognition will also help to significantly reduce unnecessary hospital visits, re-admissions, and overall health outcomes. Awarded Hospitals also receive a certificate recognizing this achievement, communication tools, and a customized logo to be utilized for marketing their status as an Asthma-Friendly Hospital recognized by the Florida Asthma Coalition.

Florida Asthma Coalition Asthma-Friendly Provider Recognition: FAC gives health care providers an opportunity to partner with local and state stakeholders to help reduce the statewide burden of asthma. By working together and taking the steps to be recognized as Asthma-Friendly Providers, health care providers promote the use of an effective asthma management program that will allow patients to monitor and control their asthma. In addition, evidence supports a decrease in unscheduled visits, as well a reduction in hospitalizations, emergency department visits and missed days of school and/or work for those patients who underwent comprehensive asthma self-management.

National Environmental Education Foundation: The National Environment Education Foundation (NEEF) partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Asthma Control Program and developed a guidelines for Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma. These guidelines equip pediatric health care providers and clinicians with knowledge and tools to manage environmental asthma triggers and intervention strategies.

American Lung Association Professional Education: The American Lung Association tracks the coverage and related barriers to asthma guidelines-based care in state Medicaid programs. The overall goal of this initiative is to improve access to guidelines-based care and ultimately improve asthma outcomes by understanding the gaps between what is known to be best practice in improving asthma outcomes and what is actually being covered by payers, including Medicaid, and implemented by providers.

Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America Continuing Education for Healthcare Professionals: This online course is presented by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) for health care professionals who teach and care for patients with asthma. The content follows the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program's (NAEPP) "2007 Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma."

The Asthma Management Education Online has been approved for 8.75 contact hours by the American Association of Respiratory Care and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: AAAAI offers various education on the latest discoveries in allergy and immunology, which supports the licensing and certification needs of allergy and immunology specialists, other physicians, and allied health providers.

Allergy and Asthma Network: This organization works in partnership with the healthcare community to improve the quality of life and health for Americans with asthma, allergies and related conditions.