The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has been conducting asthma surveillance activities since 1992 and asthma interventions since 1994. Since 2001 the Wisconsin Asthma Program has expanded its activities under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2003, the Wisconsin Asthma Plan was adopted to provide the blueprint for addressing asthma as a public health priority, and lists the prioritized goals, objectives, and activities recommended for statewide action to reduce the burden of asthma in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Asthma Program serves as both staff and member to the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition, which has been accomplishing many of its goals through various activities addressed within the Wisconsin Asthma Plan.
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- Maintain and expand asthma surveillance efforts
- Facilitate implementation of the Wisconsin Asthma Plan
- Prioritize and implement public health interventions for asthma
- Build local capacity to identify, evaluate and implement actions
To achieve these goals, the program will continue to conduct surveillance, maintain and enhance partnerships and implement priority interventions identified in the Wisconsin Asthma Plan.
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) Resources for Parents:
Almost all of the CDC-confirmed cases of EV-D68 infection this year have been among children. Many of the children had asthma or a history of wheezing. Many parents continue to be worried about the outbreak and want information about what they can do to prevent illness and protect themselves and their families. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed information and resources for parents about EV-D68.
Below are CDC resources about EV-D68 developed for parents: