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Health Care Practitioners & Health Plan Resources

EXHALE A Technical Package to Control Asthma

The EXHALE technical package represents a group of strategies, which, based on the best available evidence, can improve asthma control and reduce health care costs. It is intended as a resource to inform decision-making in communities, organizations, and states (CDC).

Asthma Care Quick Reference: Diagnosing and Managing Asthma

This Asthma Quick Reference guide is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institute of Health. The quick reference adheres to guidelines from the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR-3).

FAC Home Visiting Recommended Criteria

Our efforts with home visiting will contribute to health equity by mitigating early-life risk factors for children in underserved communities, and also giving them key skills to help manage asthma symptoms they already have. This is in line with our efforts in schools, but has the additional advantage of allowing us to reach children who may miss large amounts of school days because of poorly controlled asthma symptoms.

Asthma Educator Certification

The National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) exam is a voluntary testing program used to assess qualified health professionals knowledge in asthma education. It is an evaluative process that demonstrates that rigorous education and experience requirements have been met.

Asthma Self-Management Education: A Compilation of Selected Resources:

This link from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides resources for healthcare professionals on several asthma topics.

Asthma Education for the Community Health Worker (CHW)

The Association of Asthma Educators (AAE) has developed this program to prepare entry-level community health workers (CHW) to effectively provide basic asthma management education. The program is available to community and healthcare organizations with an interest in enabling staff and volunteers to improve the care and understanding of the disease for patients and families living with asthma.

Florida Community Health Worker Coalition (FCHWC)

The Florida Community Healthy Worker Coalition is a statewide partnership dedicated to the support and promotion of the Community Health Worker (CHW) profession through collaboration, training, advocacy and leadership. A CHW understands the community served and facilitates access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery within the community.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Asthma Care Quality Improvement (AHRQ): A Resource Guide and Workbook for State Action

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action and its companion workbook, Asthma Care Quality Improvement: A Workbook for State Action. These materials were designed in partnership with the Council of State Governments to help States assess the quality of asthma care and create quality improvement strategies.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Asthma Return on Investment Calculator

This is a tool for exploring potential financial returns from quality improvement and disease management programs for populations diagnosed with asthma.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America – Education Programs for Teaching Patients

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) offers many patient education programs for all ages in English and Spanish, including Wee Breathers, an interactive program for health professionals who teach parents of young children about managing asthma.

Florida Society for Respiratory Care (FSRC)

The FSRC encourages and promotes professional excellence, advancing the science and practice of respiratory care, and serves as an advocate for patients, their families, the public, the profession, and the respiratory therapist.

Joint Commission Children’s Asthma Care

Three children’s asthma care (CAC) measures in the hospital setting include: Use of Relievers for Impatient Asthma; Use of Systemic Corticosteroids for Inpatient Asthma; Home Management Plan of Care Given to Patient/Caregiver.

NAEPP Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3)

The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP), coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), convened an expert panel in 2007 to complete a systematic review of the published medical literature and to update the asthma guidelines to reflect the latest scientific advances. This document provides new guidance for selecting treatment based on a patient’s individual needs and level of asthma control. The guidelines emphasize that while asthma can be controlled, the condition can change over time and differs among individuals and by age groups, emphasizing the importance of regularly monitoring the patient’s level of asthma control and adjusting treatment as needed.

Toxic Stress Brochures

The Centers for Child Stress & Health at Florida State University offer resources to help you learn how to deal with toxic stress and minimize its negative effects. Brochures are available in English, Spanish, and Creole.