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Asthma News – April 13-15, 2021

Current asthma research, announcements and opportunities, collected and distributed by Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) Asthma Program Staff. Sign up to receive weekly-ish news emails.

Check out the most recent MDHHS asthma social media messages and share them with your networks.

Webinar: What to do About the Yellow Zone: How the New Asthma Guidelines Point the Way - April 23 @ 11 am

Michigan Primary Care Association presents a webinar to help clinicians guide both the severe asthmatic and individuals with episodic presentation self manage in the Yellow Zone using the 2020 NHLBI Focused Update. Presenter: Dr. Harvey Leo, MD, of Allergy and Immunology Associates of Ann Arbor; application for RN/physician CEs has been submitted. Register today!

EGLE: Michigan Environmental Justice Conference - virtual, free - May 18-20

The MI Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is hosting a conference for anyone looking to engage in achieving environmental justice. Topics include: Environmental Justice in Michigan, Federal Environmental Justice Priorities, Back on the Table: Climate & Equity, Meaningful Public Engagement, An EJ Community Town Hall, The Tribal Perspective: Justice & Collaboration, Working with Communities: A Business Primer for Effective Engagement & much more!

GDI webinar: Air Quality Management for Childcare Centers - April 29 @ 10 am - 12:30 pm

The Green Door Initiative (GDI) invites Detroit and other childcare center staff to a webinar about: the coronavirus vaccine, safe and effective cleaning and disinfecting practices, operational considerations related to coronavirus safety. Includes guest presenters from the Detroit Health Department.

AAFA Twitter Chat: Environmental Justice and Health Impacts on Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous Americans April 22 @ 1 pm

Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the American Public Health Association's Environment Section for a Twitter chat on environmental health and justice and how these issues affect Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native groups.

Association between asthma and influenza vaccine uptake among US adolescents

A new retrospective survey study (data collected in 2016-2017, analyzed in 2020) found that seasonal influenza vaccination rates remain low among adolescents. Despite concerns about vaccine effectiveness in children with asthma, this diagnosis was associated with increased likelihood of influenza vaccination.

A Step-Down Experience in Asthma Treatment: A Retrospective Cohort Study

Results from a new study showed that the step down attempt could be performed in patients receiving treatment from all steps. In addition, treatment of allergic comorbidities and increased level of education, may make a step down attempt more successful.