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Asthma Triggers

Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening respiratory disease caused by inflammation of the airways. When the muscles surrounding the air passageways in the lungs become inflamed, the airways become smaller, making it more difficult for air to move in and out. This causes the characteristic symptoms of an asthma episode or an asthma attack: coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and wheezing.

Asthma triggers are things that make asthma worse. Air pollutants both indoors and outdoors, are common triggers of asthma symptoms and asthma attacks. Find more information on asthma triggers at www.epa.gov/asthma

Individuals with asthma must work with their health care provider to determine what triggers their asthma and to develop a written asthma management plan. Part of this plan includes steps to reduce triggers.

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that asthma affects almost 12 percent of people living in tribal communities—nearly double the current national average of 7 percent. Managing triggers is especially important for tribal communities who are disproportionately affected by asthma. Learn more about asthma and steps to reduce exposure to asthma triggers

Communities in Action for Asthma-Friendly Environments Online Network

AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org exiting EPA is a year-round resource for mentoring and collaboration designed to support your asthma management program. Access cutting-edge tools that facilitate collaboration, problem solving, and learning between leaders of asthma programs. Learn more about and join the Online Community Network at www.asthmacommunitynetwork.org exiting EPA Find information on Webinars; Discussion Forums; National Locator; Action Strategies; Pacing Events; Tools; and Recognitions Opportunities.

Spotlight: Aberdeen Asthma Prevention Campaign

Native American children suffer from asthma at a level almost twice that of the general U.S. population. The Asthma Prevention Campaign of the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (AATCHB) aims to improve asthma management for American Indians residing in the Aberdeen area (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa) by providing asthma prevention and management information, and community and clinic trainings.

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Tribal Materials

Native Asthma Intervention and Reduction Program (Native AIR) exiting EPA provides comprehensive resources and links for further information.

Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board Asthma Prevention Campaign exiting EPA and Toolkit. This toolkit provides information on creating an asthma action plan, starting an asthma registry, coordinating asthma teams, and much more.

Tribal Connections Newsletter exiting EPA
Health News in Brief from the Tribal Connections Website, a valuable database for health related resources for Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

EPA Materials

You can order EPA publications free of charge from EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP), visit their Web site (www.epa.gov/nscep)

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