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General Asthma Information

Environmental Protection Agency - Ad Council Website

  • "Breathe Easies" Asthma PSA
  • "Goldfish" Asthma PSA
  • "Native American Asthma Radio Campaign"
  • "Childhood Asthma Media Campaign"

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.

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America - Michigan Chapter

  • Health professional educational programs
  • Patient advocacy
  • Telephone referrals and information

American Lung Association in 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 Lung Association

  • Submit question/live chat with lung expert
  • Online and community support groups
  • Smoking cessation, asthma, environmental resources
  • Educational programs

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

Health Professionals

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.

Michigan Asthma Resource Kit (MARK)

  • Patient education materials and reproducible handouts at low reading levels, including Asthma & Exercise, Health Insurance & Asthma, and Steroids & Growth FAQ.

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.

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

American Thoracic Society

  • Patient fact sheets on numerous lung diseases
  • Asthma Today e-booklet – free download
  • Health professional clinical practice guidelines

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

Asthma Education & Prevention Program

  • Asthma information for patients, handouts, some in Spanish
  • Asthma information for health professionals, including treatment guidelines

American Association for Respiratory Care

  • National professional society for respiratory therapists.
  • Resources and advocacy for respiratory therapists in hospitals and home care companies, managers of respiratory and cardiopulmonary services, and educators who provide respiratory care training.

Environmental

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Asthma

  • Tools and resources for health professionals and schools
  • National asthma statistics
  • Information about states and agencies working on asthma

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 Jewish Medical and Research Center – Asthma

  • Information on various environmental triggers for asthma

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 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

School

School-based Asthma Management Program (SAMPRO™) and Toolkit

  • SAMPRO™ can help improve health and school-related outcomes for children with asthma, using school-based partnerships that focus on integrated care coordination amongst families, clinicians and school nurses.

Michigan State Board of Education Model Asthma Policy

  • Built on asthma best practices, the model policy has recommendations to help each school to help prevent, and be ready for, asthma emergencies.

Michigan School Inhaler Law

  • Michigan’s inhaler law allows Michigan public and nonpublic school children, under certain conditions, to carry and self-administer prescribed asthma and allergy medications on school grounds and during school sponsored activities.

School "Epi-pen" Law

  • Each Michigan public and nonpublic school must have two auto-injectable epinephrine devices on hand to make sure students and staff members with severe allergic reactions have quick access to life-saving medications.

CDC Asthma Information for School & Childcare Providers

  • Resources for school personnel planning or maintaining an asthma management program.

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America - Michigan Chapter

  • Health professional educational programs
  • Patient advocacy
  • Telephone referrals and information

American Lung Association in Michigan

  • Pamphlets and educational materials on asthma management treatment and equipment
  • Fact sheets and patient information for adults and children
  • Educational programs environmental information

Michigan Association of School Nurses

  • Tools and resources for school nurses
  • Epinephrine Training Toolkit
  • School nurse advocacy

National Association of School Nurses

  • School nurse asthma resources
  • School asthma resources, tools and forms
  • Resources for families, children and youth

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.

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

Worksite/Employer

Michigan State University Occupational and Environmental Medicine Website

  • Information about Michigan work-related asthma, asthma mortality and farm asthma

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

Statistics & Surveillance

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Asthma Data

  • Many sources of national asthma data, and links to other asthma data sources

Office of Minority Health

  • Asthma statistics for African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, Hispanic Americans, and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders

Funding Sources

Grants.gov

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

Kids and Teens

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

  • Comprehensive information about tobacco and kids

Body and Mind-BAM!

  • For ages 9 - 13 BaM! Body and Mind answers kids' questions on health issues and recommends ways to make their bodies and minds healthier stronger and safer.
  • Provides middle school health and science teachers with interactive activities that are educational and fun.

Languages Other Than English

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Spanish

  • Information on air pollution and lung health

MedlinePlus

  • Asthma information in Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian.

Research

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.

International

Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA)

  • A project conducted in collaboration with the NHLBI, NIH and WHO
  • International World Asthma Day information

Asthma Coalitions

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