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Asthma Alliance of North Carolina

Asthma Alliance of North Carolina

2014 North Carolina Asthma Summit Recap

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
7:45 AM - 3:30 PM
NC Biotechnology Center, Research Triangle Park

The 2014 North Carolina Asthma Summit featured a healthcare provider panel discussing "Thorny Issues for Asthma Care". Dr. Teresa Bratton, MD, FAAAAI, FAAP, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Bratton is the American Academy of Pediatrics Asthma Chapter Champion for North Carolina.

The Asthma Summit is held annually and provides an excellent opportunity for asthma champions throughout North Carolina to showcase success stories and strategies for addressing the burden of asthma in various communities.

2013 North Carolina Asthma Summit Recap

North Carolina Asthma Success Stories

Asthma Coalition Update: 2013 North Carolina Asthma Summit (PDF, 1.5 MB) - The Asthma Summit is an annual event sponsored by the Asthma Alliance of North Carolina.


 2013 North Carolina Asthma Summit Presentations (click to show schedule and presentations)

2013 North Carolina Asthma Summit

NC Environmental Challenges and Strategies:
Help Eliminate and Minimize Exposure for the Asthma Population
May 7, 2013

Program Schedule

8:00 - 8:30: Registration and Exhibits  

8:30 - 8:45: Welcome/AANC Information: Asthma Alliance of North Carolina; Lisa Johnson, Karin Yeatts

8:45 – 9:45: Keynote: Reducing Environmental Exposures for Patients with Asthma (PDF, 905 KB); Dr. Betsey Tilson, MD, MPH; Medical Director, Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties

9:45-10:15: Plenary: Asthma, Allergies and Air Quality: Current Science and Educational Tools (PDF, 2.2 MB); Amy MacDonald, MS; Neasha Graves, MPA; UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility, Community Outreach and Engagement Core

10:15 – 10:30: Break - Storyboards and Exhibits

10:30 – 10:40: Asthma Champion Award Presentation; Asthma Summit Planning Committee

10:40 – 11:40: Healthcare Providers Panel: NC Environmental Challenges and Strategies; Dr. Margaret Donohoe, Melinda Shuler, Dr. Ceila Loughlin, Dr. Marzena Krawiec, Ann Nichols

11:45 – 12:30: Breakout Session I

12:30 – 1:30: Lunch - Storyboards and Exhibits

1:30 – 2:15: Breakout Session II

2:15 - 2:25: Break - Storyboards and Exhibits

2:25– 3:25: Asthma Strategies and Resources Panel; Elaine Loyack, Gabrielle Steele, June Blotnick, Kamona Herring, Pam Hines Orr, Merle Price

3:25-3:45: Wrap-up and Evaluations; Lisa Johnson, Karin Yeatts


Who We Are

The Asthma Alliance of North Carolina (AANC) is a partnership of local and state government agencies, academic institutions, local asthma coalitions, non-profits and private industry working collaboratively to address asthma.

Mission

To reduce asthma morbidity and mortality for all people in North Carolina through a comprehensive public health approach.

History

The Asthma Alliance of North Carolina was born out of another statewide asthma initiative – the North Carolina Childhood Asthma Management Task Force. In 1998, the state health director convened the Task Force in response to the rising number of children with asthma symptoms. Its charge was to assess pediatric asthma and recommend ways to more effectively address this disease from both state and local levels. The resulting Task Force report became the foundation for building a comprehensive, cohesive system of care for children and adults with asthma.

In spring of 2000, the Task Force broadened its focus to include adult asthma, established a more formal organizational structure, and changed its name to the Asthma Alliance. The Alliance serves as an “umbrella” group to ensure coordination and collaboration among the many asthma-related organizations in this state. Our partner, the NC Division of Public Health, has established a program infrastructure that is helping to move the Alliance forward and strengthen the relationships between this statewide effort and local initiatives. Most recently, the Alliance played a key advisory role in the development and now in the implementation of the North Carolina Asthma Plan 2007-2012.

Committees

Asthma Alliance members work in 3 committees centered around education for health professionals and patients, reducing environmental asthma hazards, changing public and private asthma-related policies, collecting data, and building local asthma coalitions.

More Committee Information

Several committees form the backbone of the Alliance – Education and Public Awareness, Environmental, and Medical Management. Alliance members work in committees centered around education for health professionals and patients, reducing environmental asthma hazards, changing public and private asthma-related policies, collecting data, and building local asthma coalitions. While Asthma Policy and Surveillance do not have standing committees at this time, these two crucial elements are addressed as part of each Alliance Committee meeting. Committees are dedicated to implementing the goals, objectives, and activities that each helped develop for the North Carolina Asthma Plan 2007-2012.

Education and Public Awareness

Goal: Assure appropriate, population-based asthma care education, programs and resources for persons with asthma and parents of children with asthma. This committee is working to:

  1. improve asthma education for child care staff, teachers, school nurses, parents and patients;
  2. identify, design and disseminate appropriate patient and parent educational materials; and
  3. publicize national, state and local asthma resources.

Environmental

Goal: Identify, develop and promote effective asthma-related environmental interventions. This committee is working to:

  1. ensure indoor air quality assessment and management training is available for local environmental health specialists, schools, homes and others;
  2. identify and reduce exposure to outdoor asthma triggers;
  3. explore correlations between environmental exposure and health impact;
  4. test effectiveness of low-cost environmental interventions in homes, schools and child cares; and
  5. monitor Sanitation Rules governing child care centers, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other institutional facilities to include environment trigger control requirements.

Medical Management

Goal: Ensure the appropriate diagnosis and management of asthma by health professionals. This committee is working to:

  1. increase number of qualified health professionals serving areas with high asthma prevalence;
  2. promote the use of best practices, guidelines and data related to the diagnosis and management of asthma;
  3. train and certify health care professionals in asthma education and identify “asthma champions” within healthcare offices and clinics;
  4. create supportive measures to help clinicians incorporate asthma guidelines into their practices;
  5. increase the number of individuals with asthma who have written asthma actions from their healthcare provider; and
  6. improve the quality of asthma care for all patients, especially Medicaid enrollees and the uninsured.

Quarterly Meetings

Details about the upcoming Asthma Alliance meeting are provided below.

December 9, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location
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Division of Public Health
5505 Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27699

Contacts

Co-Chairs:

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For more information, please contact the State Asthma Program at 919-707-5213.