June 25, 2017

Comprehensive Asthma Resource List

ACU’s Comprehensive Asthma Resource List has everything you need to create 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.

Grants.gov is a searchable database for asthma grant programs and other federal funding opportunities.

National Networks for Tobacco Control and Prevention

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...]

New Asthma Recorded Webinar

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...]

Podcast on Asthma and Health Information Technology

Anna Gard, Health IT and Quality Consultant, Association for Clinicians for the Underserved Introduces the Role of Health IT in Managing Asthma There is constant development of patient-centric tools to support asthma self-management and promote engagement with clinicians, patients and families to assist in identifying, reporting their asthma triggers, monitoring their asthma status, supporting self-care and management strategies. Some of these tools and technologies really help (A) engage … [Read more...]

New Resource to Help Patient Quit Tobacco

The Asian Smokers’ Quitline is a free nationwide Asian-language quit smoking service operated by the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego. The Quitline offers self-help materials, referral to local programs, one-on-one telephone counseling to quit smoking, and a free two-week starter kit of nicotine patches. Access in-language services using these numbers: Chinese: 1-800-838-8917 Korean: 1-800-556-5564 Vietnamese: 1-800-778-8440 … [Read more...]

Asthma Training with CME Now Available

Building a Comprehensive Asthma Care Home: Engaging Clinicians, Patients and Caregivers in Comprehensive Asthma Management is a continuing professional education program offered by ACU and Co-hosted by the Clinical Directors Network (CDN). It has been approved for 1.0 prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Please Note: This webinar uses the Elluminate Platform.  You will be asked to give a name and email address to sign in. At the end of the presentation, you will be … [Read more...]

Asthma Care in the Patient Centered Medical Home

“When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters, ” according to Lois Wessel, RN, CFNP. In this video, Ms. Wessel talks about asthma care in the context of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). Her 15-minute presentation was recorded at the "Clearing the Air" asthma disparities conference held at the Maritime Institute Conference Center in Linthicum, MD on June 28th, 2011. … [Read more...]

Asthma Award Call for Applications

Are you a leader in asthma management? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently accepting applications for the 2013 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management. If you are a health plan, health care provider, or a community in action that has demonstrated success in managing environmental asthma triggers as part of your comprehensive asthma management program, apply to receive recognition for your important work. Spread the Word! – New this year, EPA is seeking … [Read more...]

New Smartphone App on Tobacco Cessation

ACU has launched a new smartphone app that helps clinicians talk to patients about tobacco use. The app includes a six brief questions that clinicians can ask patients to measure their nicotine dependence. Release of the app coincides with the annual Great American Smokeout, a day when Americans are encouraged to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. The ACU Low Health Literacy Nicotine Addition Test scores the patient's responses to the six questions and … [Read more...]

New CDC Asthma Surveillance Report

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new national surveillance of asthma report in November 2012, finding more Americans are living with asthma. Despite this trend, the report also finds that fewer people are dying from asthma, and the number of asthma-related hospital visits has not increased. This analysis shows more people with asthma are effectively managing and controlling the disease, leading healthier and more productive lives. … [Read more...]

Online Professional Training on Asthma Care

Two recorded webinars on comprehensive asthma management are now available online  from ACU. One webinar is in English, and the second, intended for community health workers, is available in Spanish. The two webinars compliment ACU's other asthma online professional resources. The goal of both webinars is to improve the quality of asthma care by training health care providers to incorporate in their care plans culturally and linguistically appropriate education on environmental asthma trigger … [Read more...]