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The mission of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Chronic Respiratory Disease Section is to reduce the burden of asthma in Indiana.
The Chronic Respiratory Disease Section works to implement the State Asthma Plan. The State Asthma Plan guides the development and implementation of interventions that improve the health and quality of life of Hoosiers with asthma. The program also maintains a comprehensive surveillance system for the ongoing, systematic collection of asthma data. In addition to data collection, the system also allows for analysis and interpretation of asthma data, which is essential to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the program.
Click here for a printable 11x17 version of the Impact of Asthma in Indiana infographic.
2014 Healthy Lung Expo Indianapolis
The Healthy Lung Expo is a program designed for patients and healthcare providers to learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding COPD, asthma and lung cancer. Speakers from a variety of fields will present current medical based research on topics that have the most impact on those whose lives are touched by these conditions.
This year we introduce the Asthma Education Program, featuring Asthma Education and Management. Asthma Management and Education, is a 2-hour program that recognizes the critical role allied health professionals play in educating and caring for the patient with asthma and allergies. Nurses earn 2.6 continuing education credits and respiratory therapists earn 2 CRCE credits while learning the latest information on the pathophysiology of asthma and allergy; current treatment methods; effective techniques for patient education; ways to prevent asthma episodes; and hands-on experience with peak flow meters and demonstration of medication delivery devices.
The importance of establishing a patient/clinician partnership for asthma management and patient education is also emphasized. The program reflects the most current standards from the 2007 National Asthma Education and Prevention Program’s (NAEPP) Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.
For more information including registration click here
Asthma in Indiana Slide Library, January 2014, includes recent data on asthma in Indiana and has been developed as a resource for those working on asthma in the state.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has listed Asthma medical research trials which are actively recruiting patient volunteers. For more information or to find a research study in your area click here.
Click here to download a NEW fact sheet containing information on the overall impact of asthma among Indiana residents.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has selected Indiana for their State Honor Roll for a second year in a row! Every year, AAFA identifies states with the most comprehensive state wide public policies that support people with asthma, food allergies, anaphylaxis risk and related allergic diseases in elementary, middle, and high schools. For more information about the Honor Roll and why Indiana was chosen, please visit the AAFA website.
The Wisconsin Asthma Coalition-Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin has released a newly updated version of their prescription assistance program. The Prescription Assistance Program for Patients with Asthma is designed to assist patients in receiving needed asthma medications. Information concerning contact, elgibility, and cost is provided for Short Acting Beta-Agonists, Long Acting Beta-Agonists, Leukotrine Modifiers, Corticosteroids, and Anticholinergics.
The Chronic Respiratory Disease Section is excited to announce the creation of online asthma training for childcare providers! This training will help providers make their childcare facilities asthma friendly, and will provide education on helping children with asthma in the childcare setting. The training can be found at: http://iaccrr.org/default.cfm?page=training-central. Providers must choose a username and password to access the training. Once a provider has signed in, the training can be accessed under the "Trainings" tab.
This training is required for 5 Star Childcare certification. For more information on the 5 Star program, please visit: http://www.in.gov/idem/4180.htm
Click here to review a briefing paper and fact sheet on the connections between the environment and children's health.
Use Inhalers provides unique interactive training for inhalation therapy. Visit UseInhalers.com for interactive audio-visual training, innovative web-cam practice, and engaging animation for inhaler care and use.
If you would like to know more about the program or you have a specific need for asthma information or services, please contact the program at
Indiana State Department of Health
Chronic Respiratory Disease Program, Chronic Disease Division
2 North Meridian Street, Section 6B
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Telephone: (317) 234-7631
Fax: (317) 233-7805