About Our Asthma Initiative
Asthma is a common, deadly, expensive and disruptive lung disease. However, it can be managed and controlled. The Asthma Initiative impacts health care professionals, educators and families across Wisconsin by providing key resources, training and information to reduce asthma disparities, enhance quality of life and prevent asthma-related deaths.
In 2001, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin received a contract through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to create the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition (WAC) and assist in efforts to create the first Wisconsin Asthma Plan. In 2003, WAC had its first formal statewide meeting to unveil the plan and build coalition membership.
The Wisconsin asthma initiative is funded in part by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, through a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement.
Half a million children and adults have asthma.
1 person dies every 5 days because of asthma.
Half of children with asthma will miss a day of school.
1 in 4 adults with asthma will miss a day of work.
What We Do
We provide education, resources and tools to support asthma-awareness and reduce the burden of asthma in Wisconsin. We implement evidence-based asthma programs and advocate for the inclusion of asthma self-management education, home assessments and remediation in Medicaid financing.
Wisconsin Asthma Coalition
The Wisconsin Asthma Coalition is a diverse group working to improve asthma management by implementing best practices for reducing asthma disparities, contributing to policy discussions, enhancing quality of life and preventing asthma-related deaths.
Our child care, school and home walkthrough programs decrease asthma symptoms in children and adults by reducing exposure to environmental triggers.
Southeast Wisconsin SAMPROTM
Improving school-based asthma management is a team effort. Southeast Wisconsin School-based Asthma Management Program (SAMPRO™) Our role is to connect partners, educate school personnel and encourage the use of asthma action plans. These measures decrease asthma-related missed school days and emergency calls.
By Libby Halma, Wisconsin HealthCorps member and Raelee Ciriacks, student intern This month, we are focusing on the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition (WAC) Walkthrough Program—an environmental assessment to identify and reduce asthma triggers [...]
The WAC Executive Committee met at the end of October to discuss ways to improve member engagement and set the Coalition’s future priorities. The group used a facilitation method [...]
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