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Indiana State Department of Health

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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. 



New! Asthma in Indiana Slide Presentation

New! Asthma in Indiana Slide Presentation, August 2013
Includes recent data on asthma in Indiana and has been developed as a resource for those working on asthma in the state.  

NEW Resource Guide

The Chronic Respiratory Disease Section has published a new Asthma Resource Guide! The guide is designed to help connect asthma comsumers and providers with national and statewide resource information. The guide contains information on topics such as, environmental issues, childrens activities, insurance coverage, prescription assistance programs, and current facts and data. 

NEW Fact Sheet: Minority Health and Asthma Fact Sheet

Click here to download a NEW fact sheet containing informtion on ashtma burden and management in Indiana's minority populations.     

Asthma Emergency Care Plan for Schools

Click here for a sample Asthma Emergency Care Plan for the school year 2013-2014.

Clean Air Toolkit for Businesses!

Click here to download a toolkit for businesses to improve their indoor air quality.

Healthy People 2020 Indiana Brief: Asthma

Click here to access a brief update on Healthy People 2020 asthma objectives in Indiana adults aged 65 and older. 

Healthy People 2020 Indiana Brief: COPD

Click here to access a brief on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Indiana.   

Indiana Chosen for AAFA Honor Roll 2013

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, anaphalaxis 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

Prescription Assistance Program for Patients with Asthma

The Wisconsin Asthma Coalition-Childrens 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.  

NOW AVAILABLE! Online Training for Childcare Providers

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: 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:

New Childrens Book by Butler University

Written and illustrated by an interdisciplinary team of students from Butler University, He Huffed and He Puffed But.. A Tale of a Wolf with Asthma was created to inform children and parents about asthma, and to promote the pharmacy profession. In this fractured fairy tale, Tim BurWulf is a young pup with a taste for three little pigs. However, when he tires to blow their houses down, he can't- because he is suffering from asthma. After a trip to the physician and pharmacist, Tim learns all about the symptoms and treatments of asthma that aid him in regaining his "huff and puff".  For more information, or to order a copy visit the Butler Bookstore.


St. Vincent Heatlh Wellness and Preventive Care Institute Studies


For more information, contact

Debra Weiss at (317) 338-8030 


For more information, contact

Kimberly Sundbald at (317) 338-8032


For more information, contact

Kimberly Sundbald at (317) 338-8032



Educational Brief on Children's Environmental Health

Click here to review a briefing paper and fact sheet on the connections between the environment and children's health.

Inhaler Use Information

Use Inhalers provides unique interactive ltraining for inhalation therapy. Visit for interactive audio-visual training, innovative web-cam practice, and engaging animation for inhaler care and use.    

2011 Burden Report

The 2011 Burden Report descibes the burden of asthma in Indiana. To view this report please see the Data and Reports page.                                          


Contact Us

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) 233-7299
Fax: (317) 233-7805

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