2024 Florida Asthma Coalition Summit - A Better Tomorrow: Navigating Asthma Management Across the Lifespan

Please join us on Friday, June 7th for the 2024 Florida Asthma Coalition Summit at Lakeland Regional Health’s Hollis Cancer Center Campisi Family Auditorium! This year’s theme is “A Better Tomorrow: Navigating Asthma Management Across the Lifespan.” This will be a FREE, full-day conference that provides an excellent opportunity to network with asthma professionals and caregivers across the state who work in hospital, clinical, community, and school-based settings and to hear from leaders in the field and subject matter experts speak about cutting edge asthma science and therapies. Please note, 5.0 CHES credits, 5.0 continuing medical education units, and 5.0 continuing education units will be available for pharmacists, nurses, social workers, dental personnel, dieticians and nutritionists, and respiratory therapists. More information on credits will be released closer to the event date. 

Members of the Florida Asthma Coalition Workgroups, including the Schools and Child Care Workgroup, Home Visiting Workgroup, Primary Care Providers Workgroup, and Hospitals Workgroup, have the option to attend an in-person annual planning meeting on Thursday, June 6th, 2024 starting at 2:00 pm. For more information or questions on how to register for the Workgroup meetings, please reach out to [email protected]. You can become a member of the Florida Asthma Coalition and the associated workgroups by clicking here.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? This is an opportunity for your organization to increase brand awareness, make new connections with those in the industry, and show support for the Florida Asthma Coalition’s mission. Please note, in addition to the sponsorships indicated on the form below, we can customize options that may better fit your organization’s needs and goals. For any inquiries or additional information, please email us at [email protected].

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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 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-Chair John Michael Prpich II, MD. 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!

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

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.

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