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Asthma Control Program

Promote

Promote data and resource sharing, communication, and evaluation of comprehensive asthma control services.

  • Work with key stakeholders to enhance statewide asthma surveillance systems and expand comprehensive asthma control services.
  • Share newest asthma data through presentations, publications, face-to-face community engagement, the internet and other media platforms.
  • Evaluate program and partner activities for continuous improvement.

Develop

Develop & strengthen Health Services Strategies to improve access to comprehensive asthma control services.

  • Provide asthma self-management education services to children and their families at clinics.
  • Engage Spanish-speaking parents of children with asthma to learn about their barriers in accessing asthma care.
  • Work with the New Mexico Council on Asthma (NMCOA) to inform stakeholders about guidelines-based care and evidence-based policies for schools.

Support

Support Health Systems Strategies statewide to improve asthma care and coverage of comprehensive asthma services.

  • Partner with university programs to develop evidence-based quality improvement interventions to help guide and support health care providers and staff at their health care practices.
  • Partner with non-profits and state programs in developing effective, culturally responsive training programs for CHWs as they work with asthma patients in their homes.
  • Partner with School-Based Health Center (SBHC) managers to develop a school based asthma care model centered on the National Asthma Guidelines’ best practices to be used at SBHCs to improve care coordination for children with asthma.
  • Partner with health care systems and service providers to improve coordination of care and provide payer coverage for comprehensive asthma control services.

Resources for Individuals and Families with Asthma

What is Asthma

Asthma is:

  • A chronic disease that causes swelling in the airways in the lungs.

  • The airways carry air in and out of the lungs.

  • When people have asthma, their airways are inflamed and sensitive, which causes them to swell and become clogged with mucus.

  • When the airways are inflamed, the muscles that are wrapped around them squeeze or spasm. This is called bronchospasm. Bronchospasm makes the airways tighten, which causes asthma symptoms like coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness.

  • There is no cure for asthma and even though symptoms can come and go, once one has a developed asthma, one will always have asthma.

  • Asthma can be controlled by taking the right medications and implementing environmental trigger avoidance strategies

  • Additional Asthma resources

Asthma Medications

  • Two types: Controller (maintenance) and Reliever (rescue)

  • Controller medications are taken every day, even when there are no symptoms. They reduce inflammation and overproduction of mucus in the airways. They prevent asthma symptoms over time. Most controller medications take about 6 weeks to start working well.

  • Reliever medications work quickly (in 5-15 minutes) and are only used as needed. They relax the muscles around the airways and temporarily relieve asthma symptoms.

  • The most common way to take both controller and reliever medications is through a device called an inhaler. There are several types of inhalers, but a metered dose inhaler (MDI) should always be used with a valved-holding to ensure higher medication delivery to the lungs.

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Environmental Triggers

A number of environmental factors can trigger asthma attacks. Exposure to these triggers can increase inflammation inside the airways and cause bronchospasm. This can lead to asthma attacks. Staying away from the things that make your asthma worse is a large part of managing asthma and reducing symptoms. Please see the links below for more information on asthma triggers and ways to avoid them.

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Healthy Homes for Families with Asthma

This This video was created to be used by Community Health Workers and Community Health Representatives as they work with asthma patients and families to more effectively control asthma symptoms and reduce environmental asthma triggers in the home.Healthy Homes for Families with Asthma Video was created to be used by Community Health Workers/Community Health Representatives (CHW/CHR) as they work with asthma patients and families to more effectively control asthma symptoms and reduce environmental asthma triggers in the home. It addresses the Seven Principles of Healthy Homes from the National Center for Healthy Housing and discusses asthma action plans and medication devices to better control asthma.


Asthma in Hispanic Children

The Asthma Control Program partnered with Nuestra Salud to implement a series of community meetings to increase understanding about asthma care and control among Spanish speaking Hispanic families who have children with asthma, using the photovoice method.The Asthma Control Program partnered with Nuestra Salud to implement a series of community meetings to increase understanding about asthma care and control among Spanish speaking Hispanic families who have children with asthma, using the photovoice method.


External Resources

The Community Guide: Evidence Based Approach

Centers for Disease Control

Environmental Protection Agency

National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute

University of New Mexico

Associations

Asthma Control Program

Resources


2020 Updates to EPR-3 Guidelines (EPR-4)

2020 Updates to EPR-3 Guidelines (EPR-4)

2020 Updates to EPR-3 Guidelines (EPR-4)

2020 Updates to EPR-3 Guidelines (EPR-4)

Adolescent and School Health Program

Adolescent and School Health Program

Adolescent and School Health Program

Promoting the health and well-being of children and adolescents through schools, enabling them to become healthy and productive adults.

Adult Asthma Clinic

Adult Asthma Clinic

Adult Asthma Clinic

The UNM adult asthma clinic offers standardized education for MDI use, spacer use, irritant avoidance, home treatment and written action plans for mild to severe asthmatics.

AirNow Kid's Air

AirNow Kid's Air

AirNow Kid's Air

Offers helpful ways for kids to learn about air quality and clean air.

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics

Leading nonprofit family health organization whose mission is to eliminate unnecessary suffering and death due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through education, advocacy and outreach. - See more at: http://www.aanma.org/about-aanma/#sthash.pxSu7UI0.dpuf

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology

A professional organization with more than 6,800 members in the United States, Canada and 72 other countries.

American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children

American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children

American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children

HealthyChildren.org is the only parenting website backed by 67​,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

American Lung Association

American Lung Association

American Lung Association

The leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research.

American Thoracic Society Chapters

American Thoracic Society Chapters

American Thoracic Society Chapters

The roots of the American Thoracic Society reach back to 1905, when a small group of physicians decided that the best way to improve care for tuberculosis patients was to share their experiences and discoveries.

Asthma

Asthma

Asthma

On this website, the CDC’s National Asthma Control Program helps Americans with asthma achieve better health and improved quality of life.

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America

A not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, and the oldest asthma and allergy patient group in the world.

Asthma and the Environment

Asthma and the Environment

Asthma and the Environment

EPH tracking CDC Asthma and the Environment

Asthma Association of School Administrators

Asthma Association of School Administrators

Asthma Association of School Administrators

AASA was funded for ten years under cooperative agreements from the Centers for Disease Control/Division of Adolescent and School Health. AASA fully supports the involvement of school system leaders to address asthma.

Asthma Control

Asthma Control

Asthma Control

Asthma is a chronic lung disease with recurring symptoms. Symptoms include wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing.

Asthma Emergency Department Visits (2008-2016)

Asthma Emergency Department Visits (2008-2016)

Asthma Emergency Department Visits (2008-2016)

Asthma Emergency Department Visits (2008-2016)

Asthma in Hispanic Children - Photo Voice Project

Asthma in Hispanic Children - Photo Voice Project

Asthma in Hispanic Children - Photo Voice Project

The Asthma Control Program partnered with Nuestra Salud to implement a series of community meetings to increase understanding about asthma care and control among Spanish speaking Hispanic families who have children with asthma, using the photovoice method.

Asthma in the United States

Asthma in the United States

Asthma in the United States

The number of people diagnosed with asthma grew by 4.3 million from 2001 to 2009. From 2001 through 2009 asthma rates rose the most among black children, almost a 50% increase.

Asthma Speaker's Kit

Asthma Speaker's Kit

Asthma Speaker's Kit

This 75-slide presentation depicts the pathophysiology of asthma; prevalence, mortality, and morbidity measures at the national level; risk factors; medical management; and the public health response needed to successfully fight asthma.

Asthma Triggers

Asthma Triggers

Asthma Triggers

AAFA Causes of Asthma Triggers

Basic Facts on Asthma

Basic Facts on Asthma

Basic Facts on Asthma

Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It is one of the most common long-term diseases of children, but adults can have asthma, too.

BRFSS Interactive Maps

BRFSS Interactive Maps

BRFSS Interactive Maps

This page is part of an interactive mapping application that graphically displays the prevalence of behavioral risk factors at various levels. Using Geographic Information Systems, mapping technology and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Data, it allows users to visually compare prevalence data for states, territories, and local areas.

CDC Exhale Technical package

CDC Exhale Technical package

CDC Exhale Technical package

CDC Exhale Technical package

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Asthma Control Program

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Asthma Control Program

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Asthma Control Program

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Asthma Control Program

Desencadenantes del Asma

Desencadenantes del Asma

Desencadenantes del Asma

Desencadenantes del Asma

Downloadable Asthma Medication Chart: Controller Versus Reliever

Downloadable Asthma Medication Chart: Controller Versus Reliever

Downloadable Asthma Medication Chart: Controller Versus Reliever

Downloadable Asthma Medication Chart: Controller Versus Reliever

Environmental Public Health Tracking - Asthma Data

Environmental Public Health Tracking - Asthma Data

Environmental Public Health Tracking - Asthma Data

Measures include asthma hospitalization age-adjusted rates.

Exploring Asthma

Exploring Asthma

Exploring Asthma

Asthma (AZ-ma) is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing.

Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3)

Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3)

Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3)

This page on the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website offers guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma.

Healthy Homes for Families with Asthma

Healthy Homes for Families with Asthma

Healthy Homes for Families with Asthma

NMDOH Healthy Homes for Families with Asthma video

Healthy Homes for Families with Asthma Video

Healthy Homes for Families with Asthma Video

Healthy Homes for Families with Asthma Video

This video was created to be used by Community Health Workers and Community Health Representatives as they work with asthma patients and families to more effectively control asthma symptoms and reduce environmental asthma triggers in the home.

Healthy Homes for Families with Asthma Video (Navajo Version)

Healthy Homes for Families with Asthma Video (Navajo Version)

Healthy Homes for Families with Asthma Video (Navajo Version)

This video was created to be used by Community Health Workers and Community Health Representatives as they work with asthma patients and families to more effectively control asthma symptoms and reduce environmental asthma triggers in the home.

Hogares Saludables para las Familias Con Asma Video

Hogares Saludables para las Familias Con Asma Video

Hogares Saludables para las Familias Con Asma Video

Este video fue creado para ser utilizado por los Trabajadores de la Salud Comunitaria y los Representantes de Salud de la Comunidad mientras trabajan con pacientes asmáticos y familias para controlar de manera más efectiva los síntomas del asma y reducir los desencadenantes ambientales del asma en el hogar.

Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools

Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools

Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools

Use the IAQ Tools for Schools Framework and sustain an effective and comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) management program or other overall health and safety initiatives.

Informacion Sobre Inhaladores

Informacion Sobre Inhaladores

Informacion Sobre Inhaladores

Informacion Sobre Inhaladores

Kid's Health Asthma Center

Kid's Health Asthma Center

Kid's Health Asthma Center

Links to government agencies, schools, and education organizations. You can search this site to learn about asthma basics.

Lung Disease Information for the Public, Schools and Childcare Centers

Lung Disease Information for the Public, Schools and Childcare Centers

Lung Disease Information for the Public, Schools and Childcare Centers

Posted on the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website are publications and fact sheets for public schools and childcare centers on Lung Disease such as asthma, and other lung diseases.

Lung Diseases & Conditions Resources for Healthcare Professionals

Lung Diseases & Conditions Resources for Healthcare Professionals

Lung Diseases & Conditions Resources for Healthcare Professionals

These resources will help keep you informed on the best practices to treat and manage your patients’ care. Included are materials that can be shared with your patients and their families as a valuable tool to help answer some of their questions on lung diseases and conditions.

National Asthma Control Initiative

National Asthma Control Initiative

National Asthma Control Initiative

By working with Strategic Partners, Demonstration Projects, and Clinical Champions, the NACI has shown how to put asthma guidelines into action at home, school, work, health care settings, and the community.

National Asthma Education and Prevention Program

National Asthma Education and Prevention Program

National Asthma Education and Prevention Program

The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) was initiated in March 1989 to address the growing problem of asthma in the United States. The NAEPP is administered and coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

New Mexico Council on Asthma

New Mexico Council on Asthma

New Mexico Council on Asthma

New Mexico Council on Asthma’s mission and vision is to reduce asthma health disparities and improve the quality of life for all people with asthma in New Mexico by coordinating statewide efforts, bringing together community organizations and others to achieve sustainable statewide changes in the environment, education and quality of health care as they relate to asthma.

New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking

New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking

New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking

New Mexico Environmental Public Health Tracking

NIEHS Kids

NIEHS Kids

NIEHS Kids

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences provides information about asthma and how to control environmental triggers.

NMAC 6.12.2

NMAC 6.12.2

NMAC 6.12.2

Health and safety services for primary and secondary public school administration.

NMAC 6.12.8

NMAC 6.12.8

NMAC 6.12.8

Diabetes self-management by students in the school setting for primary and secondary public school administration.

Open Airways for Schools

Open Airways for Schools

Open Airways for Schools

Elementary school children can learn to manage their own asthma when they participate in the American Lung Association's award-winning Open Airways For Schools program.

Pediatric Pulmonology

Pediatric Pulmonology

Pediatric Pulmonology

The UNM pediatric pulmonology team sees patients with any pediatric respiratory problems including cystic fibrosis, asthma, neuromuscular diseases, pediatric rheumatologic diseases, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, ventilator dependence, tracheostomy dependence, sleep disorders, bronchiectasis, and chronic lung disease.

Physician Asthma Care Education

Physician Asthma Care Education

Physician Asthma Care Education

The PACE program is a two-part interactive, multi-media educational seminar to improve physician awareness, ability, and use of communication and therapeutic techniques for reducing the effects of asthma on children and their families.

Proyecto Fotovoz: El Asma en los Niños Hispanos

Proyecto Fotovoz: El Asma en los Niños Hispanos

Proyecto Fotovoz: El Asma en los Niños Hispanos

The Asthma Control Program partnered with Nuestra Salud to implement a series of community meetings to increase understanding about asthma care and control among Spanish speaking Hispanic families who have children with asthma, using the photovoice method.

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