Washington, D.C. (May 1, 2014) - The ACU is proud to recognize the month of May as Asthma Awareness Month, in an effort to raise awareness of the risks faced everyday by an estimated 26 million Americans living with asthma. ACU joins the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and the American Lung Association among many others recognizing Asthma Awareness Month. ACU understands the disparate impact of asthma in the U.S., with the highest … [Read more...]
Comprehensive Asthma Resource List
ACU’s Comprehensive Asthma Resource List has everything you need to create an an asthma care home for your patients. In one location, you can find resources including clinical guidelines, patient education and self-management materials, policy briefs, asthma reports, clinical toolkits, mobile technology and asthma information, and smoking cessation and tobacco materials.
Many of the resources are available in both English and Spanish, and some in other languages, including Chinese. Also included are a variety of multimedia tools such as videos and interactive web sites. There are even links to asthma-related training courses where continuing education credits are available.
Group visits, or shared medical appointments, are a growing trend in chronic disease management. They can be an effective and cost-efficient way to teach self management, deliver comprehensive education and address some of the linguistic and cultural challenges when working with asthma patients. In this 5 minute podcast hosted by the Asthma Community Network, ACU Associate Director for Programs Lois Wessel, FNP, shares her thoughts on how group visits can be used to improve asthma … [Read more...]
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the body’s airways. The risk of developing asthma can depend on both genetics and the environment. Once someone has asthma, exposure to certain contaminants can trigger asthma attacks. Air pollutants in both indoor and outdoor environments are known contributors to asthma attacks.1 Examples of asthma triggers in the environment include ozone, nitrogen and sulfur oxides, dust mites, cockroaches, animal dander, tobacco smoke, asbestos, and particulate … [Read more...]
While smoking has declined overall among the United States population, rates are disproportionately higher among communities of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT), and low socioeconomic status populations (Low SES). Since 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) has funded the National Networks for Tobacco Control and Prevention to advance the science and practice of tobacco control in the United States for members of … [Read more...]
Building an Asthma Care Home: Engaging Clinicians, Patients and Caregivers in Comprehensive Asthma Management is a 60-minute webinar, presented by Lois Wessel, FNP. It was recorded by the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments on May 29, 2013. Click here to begin the recorded webinar. CE credit is no longer available for this webinar. A similar presentation on Comprehensive Asthma Management that is approved for CE credit is available via the Clinical Directors Network. Click here … [Read more...]