The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Asthma Program Proposed Health System Strategies
Background: FDOH proposes implementation and expansion of two health system projects:
- Statewide, sector-specific, Learning and Action Networks (LANs)
- Community-based, multi-sector Asthma Care Teams (ACTs).
These two projects will work synergistically to improve collaboration (including cost sharing, communication, data sharing, and evaluation) between health care and public health agencies resulting in the progressive expansion of sustainable, comprehensive and seamless asthma control service networks across the state.
The Florida Asthma Coalition and the local asthma coalitions work together to increase awareness about asthma, and implement programs and interventions to make positive impacts across the state. There are currently four local/regional asthma coalitions:
The coalition is a consortium of healthcare providers, community-based organizations, business professionals, educators, public health officials, and concerned citizens working together to tackle asthma as a threat to community health and well being. The coalition works to increase asthma awareness and education in Northeast Florida.
TBAC is a community-based voluntary health collaborative dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma. Through education and outreach, the coalition helps to bring effective self-management to those with asthma, including efforts to reduce asthma triggers in the environment, thus reducing the burden of asthma and improving air quality for everyone.
The South Florida Asthma Consortium is comprised of professionals from all different sectors of the health and medical communities. Their goal is to provide the public with information that will enable all individuals to better manage and control asthma. The South Florida Asthma Consortium compromises Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties.
The Suncoast Pediatric Asthma Coalition began meeting in 2001 to plan a family asthma education event at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. The first Asthma Family Day was held in April 2002. The Suncoast Pediatric Asthma Coalition has grown to become a community-wide organization of persons interested in improving the quality of life for children and adolescents who have asthma.