December 3, 2021

Clinical Guidelines, Policy Briefs, and Asthma Reports

Clinical Guidelines:

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The Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers data about asthma and African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Hawaiians/Pacific ­Islanders.

Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma, National Heart Lung & Blood Institute, 2007: Gives guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma from the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. There is also a link to an Asthma Care Quick Reference: Diagnosing and Managing guide and to the Guidelines Implementation Panel Report that presents clear strategies for overcoming barriers to implementing asthma practice guidelines.

Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma: Guidelines for Health Care Providers, The National Environmental Education Foundation: These guidelines (in English and Spanish) for health care providers are aimed at integrating environmental management of asthma into pediatric health care.

Policy Brief Series:

This 2010 Policy Brief series by The George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy, is supported by a grant from the Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc., and by a major gift from the RCHN Community Health Foundation to support the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative.

Asthma Reports:

Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities , President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 2012:  The Action Plan is founded on the following principles: collaboration across federal agencies, other levels of government, and community partners; utilizing existing federal resources and optimizing their impact through synergies; and emphasizing activities that address the preventable factors that impact asthma disparities.

CDC National Health Interview Survey (NHIS): Lifetime and Current Asthma?United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): This resource gives a brief summary and tables on lifetime and current asthma statistics for children and adults in the United States.

CDC Asthma Data and Surveillance, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): This resource provides tables, graphs, reports, and publications on asthma data at both the national and the state level.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Quality of Asthma Care, The Institute for Health Policy Studies, Department of Pediatrics, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; UCLA/RAND Program on Latino Children with Asthma, UCLA Department of Pediatrics and RAND Health; and Department of Medicine, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL, 2007: Outlines the multiple factors associated with asthma disparities in the quality of asthma care and identifies areas for interventions and research to eliminate these disparities.

Asthma Control: Home-Based Multi-Trigger, Multicomponent Environmental Interventions, Community Preventive Services Task Force, 2008:  Discusses the effectiveness of home-based interventions with an environmental focus for persons with asthma on reducing exposure to multiple indoor asthma triggers (allergens and irritants).

Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures, Committee on the Assessment of Asthma and Indoor Air, Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and Institute of Medicine, 2000: This book examines how indoor pollutants contribute to asthma– its causation, prevalence, triggering, and severity. It identifies priorities for public health policy, public education outreach, preventive intervention, and further research.

The Burden of Asthma on Hispanics, Disparities in Lung Series, The American Lung Association, 2011: This report presents an overview of research into the complex biological, environmental, political and cultural factors that increase the burden of asthma on Hispanics. It is available in both English and Spanish.

National Healthy Housing Standard. The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) and the American Public Health Association (APHA) developed this health-focused property maintenance policy to provide recommendations to improve healthy and safe housing conditions in communities across the United States.

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