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Print out this poster for information about the importance of flu shots for people with asthma.

Every day the Air Quality Index (AQI) tells you how clean or polluted your outdoor air is, along with associated health effects that may be of concern. The AQI translates air quality data into numbers and colors that help people understand when to act to protect their health.

Find local support, education and training on asthma. Enroll in a class to become a facilitator and/or an educator. Take a course online to learn more about your lungs.

Provides overview of asthma symptoms, diagnosis of asthma, asthma treatment, asthma triggers, preventing asthma episode, and asthma facts and figures.

Learn all about asthma in English and 7 other languages.

Recognize potential asthma triggers in the indoor environment and reduce your and/or your loved one’s exposure to those triggers.

Improve your knowledge of asthma triggers.

Get ready to bust some common myths about Asthma. Share this with your friends and family.

Clinical

Clinical asthma guidelines around four essential components of asthma care: assessment and monitoring, patient education, control of factors contributing to asthma severity and pharmacologic treatment.

Resource page for healthcare professionals which includes using asthma action plan, comprehensive asthma home visit program, and online courses to improve and expand the delivery of comprehensive asthma management programs and education to patients.

Designed for adults and adolescents 12 years or older. This test helps you and your healthcare provider determine if your asthma symptoms are well controlled.

Designed for children 4 to 11 years old. This test helps your child’s healthcare provider determine if your child’s asthma symptoms are well controlled.

Designed for children under 5 years of age. This test helps your child’s healthcare provider determine if your child’s asthma symptoms are well controlled.

The Ohio Department of Health formed a stakeholder group to develop recommendations for home visits focused on asthma efforts. Ohio Medicaid participated in the guideline development. You may find this resource helpful to visitors to the Community Health Collaborative website. Please share and distribute the attached document as appropriate.

Schools

This page has resources for adopting IAQ best practices in schools, learning and training, effectively managing of IAQ, healthy school renovations, understanding IAQ benefits and connecting and networking.

National Institute of Health has action items for the management of asthma, roles, and responsibilities for school personnel and tools for asthma management and connection with the community.

American Academy of Allergy & Immunology provides information websites and resources for school nurses, education administrators, clinicians, or healthcare administrators who are interested in implementing the School-based Asthma Management Program at their school or organization.

OAS is a school-based curriculum that educates and empowers children through a fun and interactive approach to asthma self-management. It teaches children with asthma ages 8 to 11 how to detect the warning signs of asthma, avoid their triggers and make decisions about their health.

If you are interested in providing OAS training, this link provides information on how to become a certified educator.

CDC has a comprehensive approach to school health. The model centers on youth and coordinates policy, processes, and practice.  Asthma management strategies are based on the NAEPP EPR-3 Guidelines.

Early Childhood

Resource for pre-schools and child care centers highlighting the importance of asthma management in these environments.

A poster describing common warning signs that a young child may have asthma.

Environmental

Provides comparisons of air quality based on specific factors and health conditions.

Shows current Air Quality Index in specific cities and advises when to adjust outdoor activity.

Discusses some environmental asthma triggers and how to address them.

A monthly journal of environmental news and peer reviewed environmental health research.

Links jobs and hazardous job-related tasks with occupational diseases and symptoms.

Provides information about ingredients in household products, related health effects, and safety.

Educational guide created by the AANMA to help children with asthma, their families, caregivers, school staff, and other community members recognize the connection between good air quality and improved asthma triggers and symptoms.

Developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to empower those living with asthma, clinicians, families, caregivers, school staff, and other stakeholders to follow science-base asthma care and control guidelines.

A partnership in which public health and housing professionals integrate healthy housing advocacy, research, and capacity building to reduce health disparities. The partnership promotes practical, cost-effective methods for making homes healthier.

A public information campaign that recognizes the important role of school bus drivers in providing a safe and secure environment for children.

Provides health and education on various conditions and diseases including asthma. NIEHS also discusses current research on asthma and the environment.

Information and resources available on work related asthma for employees, employers and healthcare professionals. Also available in Spanish.

Provides resources for occupational asthma, including OSHA standards, hazard recognition, possible solutions and additional resources.

Emphasizes how to protect your health, home and the air we breathe by using safe wood-burning methods.

Statewide

Find local support, education and training on asthma. Enroll in a class to become a facilitator and/or an educator. Take a course online to learn more about your lungs.

Initiative of Healthy People 2020, the link talks about Ohio’s efforts towards this initiative.

Patient Education

A flyer for educating families about asthma triggers and how to clear their homes of such triggers.

Pocket guide version of asthma action plan.

A comprehensive booklet on asthma medication and trigger management for the family.

Get ready to bust some common myths about Asthma. Share this with your friends and family.

A trifold brochure to educate you and your family about dangers of secondhand smoke.

Provider Education

Recommendations are based on the NAEPP’s Expert Panel Review-3 (EPR-3) guidelines.

Clinical asthma guidelines around four essential components of asthma care: assessment and monitoring, patient education, control of factors contributing to asthma severity and pharmacologic treatment.

Our program has created series of one-hour webinar to educate providers about Asthma. Follow the link to see the different courses offered for free. Register on OhioTrain and take the course now!

Pocket guide version of asthma action plan.

Resource page for healthcare professionals which includes using asthma action plan, comprehensive asthma home visit program, and online courses to improve and expand the delivery of comprehensive asthma management programs and education to patients.

Health Equity

The Multi-ethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC) is a statewide nonprofit membership agency aimed at the implementation of culturally appropriate services and policies across Ohio. MACC equips providers and systems with the necessary tools to address bias, diversity, and changing demographics, enhancing their quality of care. Click to review eligibility criteria and submission info for the Culturally Competent Provider Directory.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is committed to the elimination of health inequities. Through its Office of Healthy Ohio, ODH is addressing elimination of health inequities via increased awareness and action in ODH programs and initiatives.

Harvard University’s Implicit-Association Test (IAT) is social psychology test designed to detect the strength of a person's automatic association between certain groups of people (e.g. blacks or women) and the concepts “good” and “bad.”

The Kirwan Institute supports racially equitable policy and capacity building by uplifting the systemic ways in which individuals have been marginalized in society. Grounded in research, the Institute prioritizes an asset-based approach to addressing racial disparities in the areas of wealth, health, education, criminal justice and more. The Kirwan Institute websites houses a multitude of resources available on economics, policy, law, civil rights research, opportunity mapping, civic engagement and communications.

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio’s Health Value Dashboard is a tool to track Ohio’s progress towards health value — a composite measure of Ohio’s performance on population health outcomes and healthcare spending. The Dashboard examines Ohio’s rank and trend performance relative to other states and highlights gaps in outcomes between groups for some of Ohio’s most at-risk populations.

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership has helped health care and legal institutions develop partnerships to better care for vulnerable populations. This toolkit provides technical assistance to guide health care and legal professionals through the process of building strong and sustainable medical legal partnerships that reflect the populations they serve and communities they live in.

In this plan, federal agencies propose to build on the strengths and lessons learned from past and existing federal asthma programs, combine efforts among federal programs at the community level, and develop collaborative strategies to fill knowledge gaps within existing resources.

The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities was developed with the mission of mobilizing and connecting individuals and organizations across the country to create a nation in which all people have a chance to reach their full health potential. This National Partnership for Action: Toolkit for Community Action will help individuals, communities and organizations from the public and private sectors work together to implement programs and policies and engage with the NPA to reach that goal.

The American Hospital Association’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network Health developed a guidance for hospitals to collect key metrics to identify the level of hospital implementation to reduce disparities.

The Equity Impact Review (EIR) tool is a process and a tool to identify, evaluate, and communicate the potential impact - both positive and negative - of a policy or program on equity.

The State Office of Rural Health (SORH) encompasses programs that serve to strengthen health care delivery systems and improve health care access in rural areas of Ohio. These programs include the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex), and the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP).

The Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining and improving health care in rural communities.

Health Resources & Services Administration put out rural health resources by federal office of rural health policy.

The Appalachian Rural Health Institute was created in 2003 as an evolution of the Center for Appalachian and Rural Health Research (CARHR) originally established in 1999 by the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. To increase well-being and quality of life of individuals in the rural Appalachian region. 

Quality Improvement

Includes data from five asthma programs within Ohio hospitals to serve as a model for hospitals looking to initiate quality improvement projects of their own.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has used improvement science to advance and sustain better outcomes in health and work to uncover new approaches to help leaders, patients, and caregivers embrace, create, test, and implement strategies to drive change.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable.

The concepts, resources, and links provided on the resource page are intended to support state, tribal, local and territorial health departments as they head down the path of improving their performance.

The American Academy of Family Physicians defines Quality Improvement (QI) as a systematic, formal approach to the analysis of practice performance and efforts to improve performance.

Evaluation

This webpage guides public health professionals in their use of program evaluation.

CDC’s NACP and DHDSP developed this guide as an introduction and resource for state partners to use to promote cultural competence in the evaluation of public health programs and initiatives.

Data

Reports disparities in current asthma prevalence, utilization, and death rates in race and sex.

Highlights of the report updated Ohio Hospital Association data using the ICD-10 definition of asthma that will serve as the baseline going forward.

 

For older data reports please see the data archive in the "Data and Statistics" section.