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Asthma Initiatives

The American Lung Association develops and provides key resources to inform asthma policy and systems change based on evidence-based guidelines and practices. You can find a comprehensive list of these materials and efforts below that comprise our asthma initiatives which work to carry out Strategies for Addressing Asthma.

Asthma Care Coverage

Asthma In Schools

  • Improve Asthma Management in Schools
    Asthma is one of the main illness-related reasons that students miss school. Schools, families and healthcare providers all have a role in helping children with asthma stay healthy, in school and ready to learn.
  • Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative
    Learn how to create a long-term asthma management plan for your school. Get the guidance you need to help your local community plan and implement a comprehensive asthma management program.
  • Asthma Medications in Schools
    Examining ways to ensure all students with asthma have quick, reliable access to medications. 
  • Kickin' Asthma
    An asthma management program for kids ages 11-16 (grades 6-10) that educates and empowers them through a fun and interactive approach to asthma self-management.

Asthma at Work

  • Guide to Controlling Asthma at Work
    Do you have asthma? Do you think your workplace is making you sick? Follow these four steps in this guide to prevent asthma symptoms.
  • Guide to Safe and Healthy Workplaces
    A comprehensive toolkit to help employers adopt and implement workplace policies that support a healthy work environment while providing health education resources to support lung health. Find out if your workplace is lung-friendly.

Asthma at Home

Asthma Education

  • Asthma Basics
    A free one-hour interactive online learning module designed to help you learn more about asthma.
  • Asthma Educator Institute
    A two-day professional development course that teaches asthma guidelines-based care and helps professionals prepare for the National Asthma Educators Certified Board (NAECB) exam.
  • Asthma Quality Improvement
    This nationally-recognized quality improvement partnership has proven successful with more than 400 clinics in 15 states.
  • Breathe Well, Live Well: The Guide to Managing Asthma at Home and Work
    An empowering self-help guide that explains asthma and shows individuals how to develop self-management skills and build support teams at home and at work. Pair this workbook with Asthma Basics for a deeper learning experience.
  • Open Airways for Schools
    Open Airways For Schools® is a program that educates and empowers elementary-aged children through a fun and interactive approach to asthma self-management.

Asthma Policy and Advocacy

  • National Asthma Public Policy Agenda
    The American Lung Association has worked with a number of asthma experts and organizations to identify policy changes in six key areas that could really make a difference in the fight against asthma.
  • Federal Asthma Advocacy
    The federal government funds much of the public health work and research about asthma in the nation. Federal policies make a difference in the asthma triggers in the air.
  • State and Community Asthma Advocacy
    States and local policymakers play critical roles in the fight against asthma. Some have programs to help people with asthma better manage their disease, others work to reduce the triggers that worsen the disease.

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