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Asthma

Contact Information

R5 Asthma Program Coordinator
Monica Paguia
(Paguia.Monica@epa.gov)
312-353-1166 or 800-621-8431, ext. 31166

National Information

asthma imagesAsthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic respiratory disease. It is estimated that 1 in 12 people have asthma. We work with partners throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin to build awareness and increase knowledge to improve the quality of life for the millions of people in Region 5 who have asthma. This is done by educating people living with asthma, their care givers and healthcare providers about how the environment affects asthma and how to reduce exposure to environmental asthma triggers. Common triggers include dust mites, pet dander, pests, mold, environmental tobacco smoke, and outdoor air pollution.

Activities

2013 Asthma Awareness Poster Contest
In support of Asthma Awareness Month in May, Region 5 held an Asthma Awareness Poster Contest for 3rd-8th graders throughout the region. Check out the winning posters!

Resources

R5 Asthma Trifold for Girl Scout Troop Leaders (PDF) (2pp 385B)
R5 Asthma Trifold for Child Caregivers (PDF) (2pp 389KB)
RETA On-line Training Exit EPA Disclaimer

State Asthma Information

CDC’s National Asthma Control Program funds state health departments to conduct asthma surveillance, develop and implement statewide comprehensive asthma plans and evaluation plans, maintain and expand partnerships, and implement interventions to reduce the burden of asthma. Click on your state to view state asthma information, including contacts, websites, data, and asthma state plans.

Illinois
| Indiana | Michigan | Minnesota | Ohio | Wisconsin

Partner Recognition

The National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management is EPA’s highest recognition a program and its leaders can receive for delivering excellent environmental asthma management as part of their comprehensive asthma care services.
Recent Region 5 Winners
2013 - Parkview Health System
2012 - Michigan Department of Community Health Asthma Prevention and Control Program
2011 - Centene Corporation ®, Nurtur ®, Managed Health Services
2010 - Sinai Urban Health Institute

Grants Funding

In 2012, a National Request for Applications was announced titled, “Regional Indoor Environments: Reducing Public Exposure to Indoor Pollutants”. The two year projects are expected to conduct demonstration, training, education and/or outreach activities to reduce exposure to indoor air contaminants and yield measurable environmental outcomes, primarily in homes and schools.
Region 5 recipients are:

  • Minnesota Department of Health – Healthy Homes Education of Minnesota Child Care Providers
  • American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest – Environmental Intervention for Children’s Asthma Project
  • Indiana State Department of Health – Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Training for Primary School IAQ Coordinators

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