Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), formed as a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative, works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis.
The Healthy Schools Network, Inc. promotes children’s environmental health at school. The organization hosts the annual National Healthy Schools Day and a Healthy Schools/Healthy Kids Clearinghouse that offers numerous resources for administrators, parents, and others dealing with childhood asthma.
The EPA/NIEHS Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers (“Children’s Centers”) explore ways to reduce children’s health risks from environmental factors. The program is jointly funded by EPA through the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants program, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Each month, Children’s Centers investigators share their research in an ongoing EPA/NIEHS Children’s Centers Webinar Series recorded and posted online.
EPA’s Science Notebook: Asthma includes information on identifying and reducing exposure to environmental triggers for asthma.
The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) provides summaries of state laws and regulations as a resource for public officials, advocates and others interested in strengthening state policies to create healthy school environments that support learning and academic achievement. Topics include mold, radon, carbon monoxide, vehicle idling, green cleaning, IAQ and renovations, and IAQ management plans. The materials are available through ELI’s Indoor Environments and Green Buildings Policy Resource Center: www.eli.org/buildings/tseh.cfm.
Asthma Communities Network: This online Network consists of community-based asthma programs and organizations that sponsor them—including representatives of health plans and providers, government health and environmental agencies, nonprofits, coalitions, schools and more. The Network is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in partnership with Allies Against Asthma, and the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. (MCAN).
The National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports (NHQR/DR)webpage of the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality has national and state-specific health care quality information, including a searchable database and special focus areas on asthma and other chronic diseases.
The Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is dedicated to eliminating suffering and death due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. AANMA’s website offers free downloads of an asthma action plan, an anaphylaxis action plan, and resources for medical professionals, including medication posters and information about students’ rights to carry and administer medications at school. AANMA’s website also includes an asthma section in Spanish.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) is dedicated to the advancement of the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology for optimal patient care. Practice resources include ASTHMA IQ, AAAAI’s Web-based clinical decision support tool designed to help physicians deliver high quality, evidence-based care. ASTHMA IQ includes a practice improvement module for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV requirements. Two versions of ASTHMA IQ—one for allergists and asthma specialists and one for primary care physicians—are available There is also a Just for Kids webpage.
The American Lung Association has three mission goals: to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related lung disease, to improve the air we breathe so it will not cause or worsen lung disease, and to reduce the burden of lung disease on patients and their families. The American Lung Association’s website includes asthma fact sheets, publications, education and training programs, research, and asthma summer camp information.
The Association of Asthma Educators (AAE) promotes asthma education to raise the competence of health care professionals who educate individuals and families affected by asthma, and to raise the standard of care and quality of asthma education delivered to those with asthma. AAE’s website offers asthma-related resources, including multimedia guides to asthma care and inhalation therapy devices.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergic diseases through education, advocacy and research. AAFA’s website has numerous resources, including a free guidelines-based continuing education course—Asthma Management and Education Online—and validated education programs for children, parents and caregivers in English and Spanish.
Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC): The CDC’s Asthma webpage includes information on the CDC’s National Asthma Control Program, asthma FAQs, and information for specific groups. CDC also provides asthma surveillance data, including Asthma’s Impact on the Nation, an informative poster with asthma statistics and facts.
The Medical Home Chapter Champions Program on Asthma (MHCCPA) was established by the American Academy of Pediatrics to improve quality care of pediatric patients with asthma and to facilitate implementation of the asthma guidelines within the context of a medical home.
The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) conducts research to find scientifically valid and practical strategies for making homes safe and healthy. Through its education and training programs, NCHH alerts families and those who serve them to hazards in the home environment. NCHH’s website has a healthy homes check list and other resources.
The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), chartered by Congress to advance environmental knowledge, provides resources to help health care professionals integrate the environmental management of asthma into their practice, including NEEF’s Pediatric Asthma Initiative.
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) publishes the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program’s Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Asthma and a variety of asthma materials in English and Spanish for health care professionals, schools, patients, and the public.
Regional Asthma Management & Prevention (RAMP) is a collaborative that promotes strategies for reducing asthma through a broad and comprehensive approach that includes clinical management and environmental protection. RAMP’s website contains a lot of information and resources on asthma.
U.S. EPA’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) webpage contains multiple resources from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on how to control indoor asthma triggers.