Working Together
      So Everyone Can Breathe Better


ABOUT ASTHMA                  N

• Asthma is a serious, life-threatening
  respiratory disease affecting the quality of life for
  millions of Americans.
• Each year, there are 2 million visits to emergency departments
  and nearly 5,000 people die because of asthma.
• Alarmingly, the asthma rate among U.S. children ages 5 to 14
  rose 74% between 1980 and 1994, making  asthma the most common
  children's health problem.
• Asthma is  the leading cause of school absenteeism due to chronic illness,
  accounting for more than 14 million missed school days per year.
• Health care and lost productivity due to asthma totaled $14 billion in 2002.

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 additional information
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 (1-866-NO-ATTACKS) or by visiting
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posters, and mass transit cards. Pledges can be made
by calling a toll-free hotline (1-866-SMOKEFREE),
visiting www.epa.gov/smokefree, or attending
various local events around the country.

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» Through partnerships with, the medical and health
 insurance communities, EPA promotes the incorporation
 of environmental controls into clinical practices and
 standards of care. We accomplish this by raising the
 health care community's awareness of environmental
 risk factors and encouraging public and private
 health insurers to develop comprehensive asthma
 management programs.
• EPA promotes the Air Quality Index (AQI) as a
 tool to provide the public with clear and timely
 information on local air quality and whether air
 pollution levels pose a health concern. The AQI is
 reported and forecasted every day in many areas
 throughout the U.S. on local weather reports and
 through national media.


  Although there is no cure, asthma can be controlled through medical treatment and management of
  ronmental triggers. EPA promotes environmental management of asthma and is dedicated "

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 quality of life-for 2.5 million people suffering from asthma.
 To accomplish this, EPA:
 • **«*»*«* Bareness about asthma and how to manage environmental asthma triggers, including
  indoor allergens, secondhand smoke, and outdoor air pollutants.                               §
  Helps children with asthma and their families manage environmental triggers in their homes

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  ment into ckmcal practices and standards of care for asthma patients.
EPA implements comprehensive asthma management programs through partnerships with national
organizations EPA is also working closely with Federal agencies and non governmental
through the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP?


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  secondhand smoke in preschool-
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asthma. This research initiative will advance
scientific understanding and serve to guide EFA's
efforts to reduce the burden of asthma For more
information, visit www.epa gov/QRD/WebPubs/final
EPA and the University of Michigan School of Public
             Health are collaborating to determine
                  "best practices" for asthma care.
                     This review of current
                      approaches to asthma
                      management that are
                            achieving positive
                              health outcomes
                                will provide
                                guidance for
                                 EPA outreach
                                 and education

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 American Academy of
 Pediatrics (AAP)
 (847) 434-4000

 American Association for
 Respiratory Care (AARC)
 (972) 243-2272
www aarc org

American Association of
 Health Plans  (AAHP)
(202) 778-3200

American College of
CHEST Physicians
4*"e^^ Respiratory
Care Foundation (ARC)
(972) 243-2272
wwWardbundation org

Asthma and Allergy
Foundation of America
(800) 7-ASTHMA
www aafa.org

Bureau of Primary Health
Care (BPHC)
wwwbphc hrsa.dhhs gov

Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, Air
Pollution and  Respiratory
Health  Branch (CDC)
(404) 498-1000

<202) ,785-1670
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National Heart, Lung, and
Blood Institute (NHLBI)
www nhlbisupport.com/asthma/

U.S. Department of
Agriculture Cooperative
Extension Service
www reeusda gov
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Region 6 -AR, LA, NM,
(214)665-7561 or
(800) 887-6063

Region 7 - IA, KS, MO, NE
(913) 551-7269 or
(800) 223-0425

Region 8 - CO, MT, ND,
(303)312-6361 or

Region 9 -AS.AZ, CA,

(800) 424-4372 x2589 or
(206) 553-2589


How to contact us:
To learn more about EPA's national asthma program, call 202-564-9370 or
                             vw.epa.i^ov /asthma.
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To view EPA's materials, v
call 1-800-438-4318.
a. To order these materials at no cost,
                                                                               Office of Air and Radiation
                                                                               Indoor Environments Division
                                                                               EPA 402-F-03-004
                                                                               April 2003