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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.

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Join the Coalition!

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!

Florida Asthma Coalition 2021 Virtual Summit

We would like to invite you to join us July 30th for the 2021 Virtual Florida Asthma Coalition Summit! The theme of the 2021 Virtual Summit is Resiliency in the Face of COVID-19. This is a FREE, full-day conference that will be an excellent opportunity to network with peers across the state who work in the hospital, clinical, community, and school-based settings. This will also be an opportunity to learn about asthma management innovations, best practices & guidelines for improving asthma outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Don't delay! Please register for the Summit here.
CEUs and CMEs are available during our educational tracks, during which our wonderful speakers and subject matter experts will provide cutting edge presentations, including:

  • Nina Ramirez, MD, FAAAAI, FCCP on “Eosinophils: A Potent Contributor to Severe Asthma”
  • Tracey Mitchell, RRT, AE-C, Heidi LeSane, MPA, and Alison Clune, MPH on “Mold and Asthma Symptoms”
  • Wanda Rodriguez-Donham, DHSc, RRT-NPS on “Florida Asthma Program Overview & Burden of Asthma”
  • David Fedele, PhD, ABBP on “Mobile Health in Pediatric Asthma: Current Solutions and Future Directions”
  • Eric Forno, MD, MPH on “Obesity and Childhood Asthma”
  • Teresa Summe, BS, RRT, AE-C on “Asthma Friendly Schools and Childcare”
  • Leroy Graham, MD, FCCP on “Racial Disparities in COVID and Asthma: Causes and Consequences”
  • Joe Gibbons, PharmD, BCPS on “Severe Asthma and New Mechanisms”
  • Stanley Szefler, MD on “The Colorado Experience: Development and Implementation of a State-Wide School-Based Asthma Program”
  • Claudia Guglielmo, MPA, AE-C on “Project BREATHE NY – A Quality Improvement Approach to Improve Access to Care”

Asthma Educator Review Course

Don’t forget to also register for the Association of Asthma Educators half-day AE-C course on July 29 from 1-5 pm for $125! Please register and pay for the training here.
During this course, you can expect:

  • Summary of Asthma Educator Review Course
  • One-on-one time with a Mentor and Expert
  • Access to Self Study Course and 12 CE, CRCE ($250 Value)
  • Free AAE MEMBERSHIP for 1 Year ($80 Value)
  • All for $125

With presentations from the following Faculty Presenters:

  • Andrea M. Jensen, CHES® AE-C
  • Maureen George, PhD, RN, AE-C, FAAN
  • Karen L. Gregory, DNP, APRN, CNS, RRT, AE-C, FAARC

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

  • 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.
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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.

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

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