Our Vision

Floridians with asthma will achieve optimal health and quality of life.

Our Mission

To reduce the overall burden of asthma, with a focus on minimizing the disproportionate impact of asthma in racial/ethnic and low-income populations, by promoting asthma awareness and disease prevention at the community level and expanding and improving the quality of asthma education, management, and services through system and policy changes.

Our Goals

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Do you want to stay involved in preventing and controlling asthma in Florida? Membership is open to anyone interested in asthma prevention, education, and disease management. Membership is FREE! Become a member by completing the Membership Form today!

2023-2024 FAC Co-Chairs

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Nina C. Ramirez, MD, FAAAAI, FCCP, will be taking on the role of Co-Chair of the Florida Asthma Coalition for the 2023-2024 grant year. Dr. Ramirez will be serving alongside esteemed Co-Chairs, John Michael Prpich II, MD, and Debra Weiss, EdD, CHES. She has been an integral part of the Florida Asthma Coalition, continues her dedication to our mission. Welcome to your new role as Co-Chair, Dr. Ramirez!

Upcoming Event Schedule

Please reach out to Florida Asthma Coalition Via Email with questions or if technical support is needed during any Florida Asthma Coalition event - we are happy to assist!

2023 Florida Asthma Coalition Summit: We Hear You! Using Shared Decision Making in Asthma Care

Thank you to those who attended the 2023 FAC Summit held on Friday June 16th, 2023 in Fort Myers, FL. This was a FREE, full-day conference which provided an excellent opportunity to network with peers across the state who work in the hospital, clinical, community, and school-based settings. The Summit was offered both in-person as well as online to maximize attendance and exposure, and partcipants had the opportunity to obtain CEUs and CMEs for attending.

Did you miss the event or want to re-watch a specific presentation? All presentations are now live on the FAC YouTube channel, please click here to access.

Are you interested in speaking or sponsoring next year's Summit? Please email Florida Asthma Coalition for more information.

Know More About Asthma

Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs. It is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and the percentage of Florida adults with asthma is on the rise. Asthma causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. In most cases we do not know what causes asthma, and we do not know how to cure it. We do know that asthma tends to run in families.

Asthma can be controlled and episodes can be avoided by knowing the warning signs of an episode, staying away from things that trigger an episode, and following the advice of a doctor or other medical professional.

When asthma is controlled, an individual:

  • will not have symptoms such as wheezing or coughing,
  • will sleep better,
  • will not miss work or school,
  • can take part in all physical activities, and
  • will not have to go to the hospital or emergency department.

More information about asthma can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at cdc.gov.

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Approximately 1 in 10 children and 1 in 12 adults in Florida have current asthma. The Florida Department of Health’s Asthma Program regularly releases reports about asthma’s impact on Florida. Recent reports include:

  • Burden of Asthma in Florida, 2013
  • Asthma Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations in Florida
  • Exploring the Financial Burden of Asthma in Florida

Visit the Florida Asthma Program’s Surveillance Data and Report webpage at floridahealth.gov for more information.

Sign-up here to receive email notifications when new asthma reports are released.