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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Asthma
  • Information on air pollution and lung health.


American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
Pollen & Spore Counts-Midwest

  • Provides information on pollen count.


National Library of Medicine – Medline Plus
  • Information about the effects of air pollution and health.


National Center for Tobacco-Free Kids
  • Comprehensive information about tobacco and kids.


National Jewish Medical and Research Center – Asthma
  • Information on various environmental triggers for asthma.


Michigan State University Occupational and Environmental Medicine Website
  • Information about Michigan work-related asthma, asthma mortality and farm asthma.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Spanish
  • Information on air pollution and lung health.


Federal OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
  • Provides excellent information on metalworking fluids and respiratory problems including asthma.


Occupational & Environmental Medicine Online Resource
  • Provides extensive links to other occupational and environmental websites.


National Asthma Educator Certification Board
  • Provides useful information if you are involved in asthma education and if you are interested in become a Asthma Educator - Certified (AE-C).
  • An asthma educator is an expert in counseling individuals with asthma and their families how to manage their asthma and to minimize its impact on their quality of life.


EPA - Healthy School Environments
  • The Healthy School Environments Web pages are intended to serve as a gateway to on-line resources to help facility, managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, parents, teachers and staff address environmental health issues in schools.


Grants.gov
  • This site is the electronic storefront for Federal grants. Funding sources available by category including health science and technology and community development.


Allies Against Asthma
  • A national initiative to improve asthma control for children and adolescents. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Center for Managing Chronic Disease University of Michigan Allies supported seven community-based coalitions and their efforts to improve the way asthma is managed in their communities and provides resources and tools to support other asthma coalitions and programs throughout the United States.
  • The Allies initiative has closed but evaluation activities of the impact of the coalitions' work continues at the Center for Managing Chronic Disease. Medicaid health care utilization data will be analyzed over the next few years and findings will be posted on this site as they become available.


EPA Asthma Home Environment Checklist
  • This checklist–designed for home care visitors–provides a list of questions and action steps to assist in the identification and mitigation of environmental asthma triggers commonly found in and around the home. The checklist is organized into three sections–building information, home interior and room interior.


Michigan Asthma Mortality Reports
  • Although the number of deaths is not large they are particularly tragic because they are preventable. Joint reports about reviewed asthma deaths are developed by the Michigan State University Department of Medicine and the Michigan Department of Community Health Bureau of Epidemiology.
  • The reports include information about risk factors for asthma mortality and recommendations to help prevent future asthma deaths.


Michigan Asthma Resource Kit (MARK)
  • The Michigan Asthma Resource Kit (MARK) contains patient education materials and reproducible handouts. The Kit was developed to assist health care professionals and their office staff members in caring for persons with asthma in accordance with nationally established guidelines. The materials were designed to be easily read and understood.


Smoke Free Environments Law Project
  • The Smoke-Free Environments Law Project (SFELP) is a statewide project funded by the Tobacco Section of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. SFELP provides help for businesses local units of government and persons on policies and practices to protect employees and the general public from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
  • This web site provides information about secondhand smoke and the legal and liability issues related to secondhand smoke. While SFELP is a law project serving just Michigan most of the information on this site is relevant to all states.


Environmental Protection Agency - Ad Council Website
  • Information on preventing asthma attacks has the following headings:
    • "If you have a child with asthma you're not alone"
    • "How to manage your child's indoor environment"
    • "Keys to preventing your child's attacks"
    • "What is an asthma management plan?"


National Lung Health Education Program (NLHEP)
  • The National Lung Health Education Program (NLHEP) is a healthcare initiative designed to identify and to treat patients in the early stages of emphysema and related chronic bronchitis.


Body and Mind-BAM!
  • Aimed at youth ages 9 - 13 BaM! Body and Mind was created to answer kids' questions on health issues and recommend ways to make their bodies and minds healthier stronger and safer. The site also provides middle school health and science teachers with interactive activities that are educational and fun.
  • BaM! Body and Mind is part of the HHS/CDC continuing effort to provide consumer-driven health information. The site is coordinated by CDC's Office of Communication and the Information Resource Management Office (IRMO).


Michigan Society for Respiratory Care (MSRC)
  • The Michigan Society for Respiratory Care (MSRC) is a not-for-profit professional association dedicated to providing education advocacy and resources to promote respiratory health in communities throughout Michigan.


American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
  • Online allergist finder and general information about asthma and allergies
  • Information about living with and managing asthma and allergies
  • Ask the Allergist- ask the ACAAI president your questions about asthma and allergies


Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America - Michigan Chapter
  • Public forums
  • Work place educational programs
  • Patient advocacy
  • Asthma Camp – Camp Mich-MAC
  • Telephone referrals and information


American Lung Association
  • Pamphlets and educational materials on asthma management, treatment and equipment
  • Fact sheets and patient information for adults and children
  • Educational programs


American Lung Association of the Midland States (formerly American Lung Association of Michigan)
  • Pamphlets and educational materials on asthma management treatment and equipment
  • Fact sheets and patient information for adults and children
  • Educational programs environmental information


American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
  • Toll free number for physician referral and general information about asthma
  • Fact sheets, lists of support groups and other helpful organizations
  • Brochures, booklets, videos and other educational materials


Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
  • Information about state-level asthma statistics, programs and initiatives.


National Jewish Medical and Research Center
  • Educational materials
  • Lung Line – a toll free number for lung-related health questions staffed by specialized nurses


Allergy and Asthma Network
  • Toll free hotline answered by trained staff to answer questions about asthma
  • Monthly newsletter with membership to their organization
  • Books, videos and other materials on asthma for children and adults


American Thoracic Society
  • An independently incorporated, international, educational and scientific professional society that focuses on respiratory and critical care medicine.


American College of Chest Physicians
  • International organization that specializes in various multidisciplinary areas of chest medicine.
  • Provides physicians, researchers and health-care practitioners with resources like continuing education courses and other products
  • Continuing education courses and products
  • Publications including CHEST–The Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care Journal
  • Consensus statements and clinical practice guidelines
  • Representation in government public affairs


National Asthma Education & Prevention Program
  • Fact sheets and booklets for patients on controlling asthma
  • Special publications and materials for educators
  • Clinical guidelines on how to treat asthma


American Association for Respiratory Care
  • The only national professional society for respiratory therapists
  • Helps respiratory therapists in hospitals and home care companies, managers of respiratory and cardiopulmonary services, and educators who provide respiratory care training grow and develop as respiratory care professionals


EPA – Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools
  • Order/download Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools program other publications and materials
  • Details about program and about schools and air quality in general


Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA)
  • A project conducted in collaboration with the NHLBI, NIH and WHO
  • International World Asthma Day information


Asthma Community Network – Asthma Resource Bank
  • Provides support to community-based coalitions working on asthma programs
  • National bank of tools and materials utilized in asthma programs


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Health Statistics

  • National Center for Health Statistics has a number of sources of asthma data.
  • A summary of this information is available in their latest e-factsheet: ""New Asthma Estimates: Tracking Prevalence Health Care and Mortality.""


Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
  • Click on Research and Costs – posted information on the trends in the costs of asthma in the United States between 1985 and 1994, including data at the state level.


National Library of Medicine
  • Studies about asthma can be located by searching MEDLINE and TOXLINE databases at the National Library of Medicine through their PUBMED interface.


National Institute for Environmental Health Science
  • A wealth of information on research about asthma and air pollution available.


Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Air Quality Division (AQD)
  • Information on levels of air contaminants in Michigan from monitoring sites
  • Near-real time levels of ozone in Michigan
  • Information for summer camps on Ozone Action


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Air Quality
  • Website provides near-real time ozone levels
  • General indoor/outdoor air quality information
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Allies Against Asthma
  • A national initiative to improve asthma control for children and adolescents. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Center for Managing Chronic Disease University of Michigan Allies supported seven community-based coalitions and their efforts to improve the way asthma is managed in their communities and provides resources and tools to support other asthma coalitions and programs throughout the United States.
  • The Allies initiative has closed but evaluation activities of the impact of the coalitions' work continues at the Center for Managing Chronic Disease. Medicaid health care utilization data will be analyzed over the next few years and findings will be posted on this site as they become available.


Asthma Community Network – Asthma Resource Bank
  • Provides support to community-based coalitions working on asthma programs
  • National bank of tools and materials utilized in asthma programs