December 3, 2021

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.

ACU’s “Building an Asthma Care Home” Training

Building an Asthma Care Home: Engaging Clinicians, Patients and Caregivers in Comprehensive Asthma Management   This 90-minute course focuses on incorporating environmental trigger control into a comprehensive asthma management plan in order to decrease asthma episodes. The goal of this program is to improve the quality of comprehensive asthma care by training health care providers to incorporate culturally and linguistically appropriate education on environmental asthma trigger management … [Read more...]

ACU Participates in Release of Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities

Executive Director Kathie Westpheling spoke on behalf of ACU at a Washington, DC event May 31st marking the release of the Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities. Westpheling said "ACU is committed to working to reduce asthma health disparities in children. Our efforts include developing a clinical decision support tool for an electronic medical record that will include an environmental trigger assessment as part of a patient centered asthma care plan." … [Read more...]

Smoking and Related Illnesses Disproportionately Affect Low-Income People

In California, 18.6 percent of individuals with low socio-economic status (SES) smoke  – a rate more than three times higher than among more affluent populations. A new California-focused report, Smoking in Low Socioeconomic Status Populations: Prevalence, Health Impact, Challenges and Recommendations, from the Break Free Alliance shows that disadvantaged populations smoke at a significantly higher rate than the general population and are much less likely to quit - which means they are also … [Read more...]

Asthma’s Impact

A new infographic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that asthma is common, disruptive and deadly, with a disproportionate impact on Blacks and Hispanics. ACU offers training for primary care providers and community workers on Building an Asthma Care Home: Engaging Clinicians, Patients and Caregivers in Comprehensive Asthma Management. Training is tailored to the needs of the audience and can be conducted in English or Spanish. Continuing professional education credit … [Read more...]

New – Comprehensive Asthma Resources

Clinicians!  Patients! Interested in resources to help reduce asthma triggers in the home? Do you want to  find out unique and successful ways to control your asthma? If so, look no further because the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved’s (ACU) Asthma Resource List is now available online. Here 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 … [Read more...]

Online Community Advances Asthma Care

ACU belongs to the EPA’s AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org, an interactive online community designed for asthma champions to share, learn, and connect with peers to advance asthma care. Join this national network of community-based programs and access cutting-edge tools, the latest strategies and hundreds resources in asthma care and management. … [Read more...]

Respiratory Therapists: Key Players in Asthma Care

Carole Dorr, RT, is a Registered Therapist at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Lois Wessel, CFNP, ACU’s Associate Director for Programs and asthma project co-director, interviewed Carole to get a sense of her role in asthma care and education as part of a transdisciplinary health care team. Q. What kind of training do respiratory therapists receive? A. Graduation from an accredited Respiratory Therapy Program is required to become a Respiratory Therapist (RT); more … [Read more...]