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: Asthma Care Program Guidebook
The Asthma Care Program Guidebook is a comprehensive asthma educational tool, which is used to educate the asthma patient or caregiver. Topics include asthma basics, trigger reduction, medication management, and the importance of having an asthma action plan. This document provides best-practice and evidence-based guidance on asthma management.