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Asthma Control Program

The New Hampshire Asthma Control Program's work focuses on asthma surveillance activities and implementation of the state asthma plan.

All About Asthma

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that can be successfully controlled with proper care. Common symptoms include coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Five steps people with asthma can take to help stay healthy and lead fully active lives:

  1. Complete and follow an Asthma Action Plan Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol.
  2. Know your symptoms and take your medication. Asthma symptoms vary from person to person – know yours. Inhaled corticosteroids are the most effective medications to manage persistent asthma—take them and other medications as prescribed.
  3. Know your triggers and take steps to avoid them: Like asthma symptoms, asthma triggers vary from person to person. Know what triggers make your asthma worse – is it dust? Mold? Tobacco Smoke? Cold air? Pet dander? Stress?—and take steps to avoid them.
  4. Avoid all tobacco smoke.
  5. Get a flu shot.

Asthma Surveillance activities monitor:

  • asthma prevalence;
  • mortality due to asthma;
  • inpatient hospitalization and outpatient emergency department use for asthma;
  • control and management of asthma;
  • asthma risk factors and co-morbidities;
  • environmental factors affecting asthma.

Child with DandelionThe NH State Asthma Plan Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol, developed by an advisory council representing stakeholders from across New Hampshire, describes the challenge asthma presents in the state and makes recommendations for action in the areas of clinical services and disease management, indoor and outdoor environments, public awareness and education, and surveillance. All program activities relate to five central objectives of the plan:

  • Strengthen program organizational structure and collaborative partnerships;
  • Improve health outcomes by increasing adherence to national asthma education and prevention program guidelines;
  • Increase capacity for asthma-healthy environments;
  • Enhance public awareness and education;
  • Enhance the asthma surveillance system to support program planning, monitoring and evaluation.

Several working groups currently meet to plan and implement initiatives in workforce development, clinical quality improvement, healthy homes and healthy schools. The NH Asthma Collaborative, composed of partners from across the state, helps coordinate activities and provides an important network for agencies and organizations committed to improving the health status and quality of life for people with asthma.

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