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2023 Florida Asthma Coalition Summit: We Hear You! Using Shared Decision Making in Asthma Care
Registration Now Open!
Please join us on Friday June 16th for the 2023 Florida Asthma Coalition Summit! The theme of the 2023 Summit will be We Hear You! Using Shared Decision Making in Asthma Care. This will be a FREE, full-day conference which provides an excellent opportunity to network with peers across the state who work in the hospital, clinical, community, and school-based settings. The Summit is being offered both in-person as well as online to maximize attendance and exposure. CEUs and CMEs will be available during our educational tracks, during which our wonderful speakers and subject matter experts will provide cutting edge presentations. Additional details of the event can be found below, we hope you all can attend!
Florida SouthWestern State College
8099 College Pkwy, U-102
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Friday June 16, 2023
8am to 5pm EST
As a sponsor of the 2023 FAC Summit, your organization can publicly proclaim its commitment to improving health outcomes for Floridians with asthma. Sponsorship offers the possibility of achieving several goals at once! 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.
Additional information on the various sponsorship levels and benefits can be found here. Deadline is April 15, 2023.
Call for Poster Abstracts
The Florida Asthma Coalition invites submission of poster abstracts on any aspect of asthma diagnosis, treatment, management, or education for the 2023 FAC Summit. Submission will be peer reviewed by the FAC Summit Poster Committee, and selected authors will be invited to present at the FAC Summit on Friday June 16th.
Click here for poster submission instructions. Deadline is April 28, 2023.
Call for Asthma Champion Nominations
Know someone that has gone above and beyond to protect Floridians from asthma and asthma-related burdens? Nominate an Asthma Champion to be awarded at the 2023 FAC Summit.
Click here for asthma champion nomination instructions. Deadline is May 21, 2023.
Floridians with asthma will achieve optimal health and quality of life.
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.
- Increase awareness and early detection of asthma.
- Increase the number of patients with asthma who have a dedicated asthma care-provider (either PCP within a medical home or asthma specialist) who provides consistent self-management, planning, and education.
- Reduce the number of deaths, hospitalizations, emergency department visits, school or work days missed, and limitations on activity due to asthma.
- Reduce asthma disparities among populations disproportionately affected by asthma.
Physicians, Family Members, Educators, and Caregivers… it’s time to equip your community with knowledge about asthma. Every year, an increasing number of Floridians suffer the devastating effects of undiagnosed or poorly controlled asthma.
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 http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/faqs.htm.
Asthma Data and Statistics
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 http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/asthma/data.html for more information.
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