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.
New Surveillance Brief: Health Disparities in Wisconsin Hospitalizations For Asthma
Health Disparities in Wisconsin Hospitalizations for Asthma is a surveillance brief developed by the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program and the Wisconsin Asthma Program to highlight racial and ethnic disparities in asthma hospitalizations among Wisconsin residents.