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Asthma Overview

  • Managing Asthma (NYCDOHMH City Health Information, Nov/Dec 2008; Vol. 27(10):79-90)
  • Asthma Action Plan (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute , NIH Publication No. 07-5251; April 2007)
  • So You Have Asthma (NIH Publication No. 07-5248; March 2007)
  • Asthma: NHLBI Diseases & Conditions Index: (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH)
  • Asthma (Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health)
  • Asthma in Children (Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health)
  • Interactive Health Asthma Tutorial (view on-line or print), MEDLINEplus, the National Library of Medicine’s consumer-health site
  • Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures (Power Point summary of National Academy of Sciences Report, book written in 2000)
  • School Asthma Education Slide Set, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD)
    • GOLD Teaching Slide Set (updated 2007)
    • Spirometry Slide Set – how and when to perform this test, interpretation of results, and troubleshooting.
  • Clinical Management of Asthma, Expert Panel Report 11-page power point summary for Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Managment of Asthma, Centers for Disease Control
  • Asthma Speaker’s Kit for Health Care Professionals (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Help Your Child Gain Control Over Asthma (CDC, EPA 402-F-04-021, November 2004)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – COPD (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute)
  • How the Lungs Work (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, March 2008)


Air Quality – Report & Forecasts, including Pollen & Mold Counts

State of the Air Report 2009, click on your state on the map (American Lung Association)

Ozone & Air Pollution Forecasts
  • State and Local Air Quality Forecasts & Conditions: today’s and tomorrow’s forecast of ozone and particulate pollution; typical ozone season is May-September; a cross-agency U.S. Government Web site, AIRNOW – Quality of Air Means Quality of Life
  • The Green Book Nonattainment Areas for Criteria Pollutants, Areas of the country where air pollution levels persistently exceed the national ambient air quality standards may be designated “nonattainment.” To view a list of areas designated nonattainment, select one of the pollutants below (US EPA)
    • 1-Hour Ozone
    • 8-Hour Ozone (1997 Standard)
    • Carbon Monoxide
    • Nitrogen Dioxide
    • Sulfur Dioxide
    • Particulate Matter PM-10
    • Particulate Matter PM-2.5 (2006 Standard)
    • Particulate Matter PM-2.5 (1997 Standard)
    • Lead
    • All Criteria Pollutants
  • Air Quality Index (AQI) Forecast for New York State: The ozone forecast season runs from mid May through mid September. Forecasts of fine particles are made year round. As of May 2008, new, more protective national air quality standards for ozone and fine particles are in effect. The AQI has been adjusted to reflect this change. This may lead to an increased frequency of air quality advisories despite recent improvements in air quality. (NYS Department Of Environmental Conservation)
  • Air Quality Forecast (The Weather Channel, search by zip code)
  • Clean Air NY, Local Air Quality
  • NJDEP: Bureau of Air Monitoring
  • Ozone (National Institute of Environmental Health Scienes – National institues of Health, NIEHS/NIH),
    • Asthma Development in Athletic Children Exposed to Ozone
    • Low-Level Ozone and Particulate Matter Pollution is Associated with Respiratory Symptoms in Children with Asthma
    • Unexplained Atrial Fibrillation is Associated with High Ambient Ozone
    • Environmental Health Perspectives, Environews by Topic: Ozone
  • Ozone Fact Sheet (New York State Department of Health)
    • Ozone Questions and Answers
  • Of Air and Asthma: Air Pollution’s Effects (National Institute of Health – NIH, May 2008)

Pollen & Mold Counts & Forecasts

  •, click in your zip code
  • Pollen & Mold Counts, National Allergy Bureau at American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI)
  • Allergies & Pollen Count, The Weather Channel

Asthma Triggers & Allergies

Asthma Background

  • Clearing the Air: 10 Steps to Making Your Home Asthma-Friendly (EPA 402-F-04-017 May 2004)
  • Asthma Home Environment Checklist, to help home care visitors by providing a list of questions and action steps to assist in the identification and mitigation of environmental asthma triggers commonly found in and around homes. The checklist is designed to allow home care visitors to focus on the specific activities or things in a room – in particular the asthma patient’s sleeping area – that might produce or harbor environmental triggers. The activities recommended in the checklist are generally simple and low cost. (EPA 402-F-03-030 February 2004)
  • Help Your Child Gain Control Over Asthma, a low-literacy asthma management guide (EPA 402-F-04-021, September 2004; 35 pages)
  • Indoor Environmental Asthma Triggers, some of the most common indoor asthma triggers include secondhand smoke, dust mites, mold, cockroaches and other pests, household pets, and combustion byproducts — learn more about these triggers and how to reduce your exposure to them. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, last updated on July 8, 2008).
  • Asthma, What Is, Causes, Who Is At Risk, Signs & Symptoms, Disagnosis, Treatments, Prevention, Living With, Key Points (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, September 2008)
  • Allergy Overview, Allergy Testing for Children, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
  • Fast Facts: Allergies, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI).
  • Allergic Diseases and Cognitive Impairment, Medem, Inc. and American College of
  • Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).
  • “What’s Asthma All About?”, Flash-based movie, by Neomedicus (2001).
  • Facts About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Clean Diesel Programs: Facts and Figures (February 2008)
  • Working Group Report on Managing Asthma During Pregnancy: Recommendations for Pharmacologic Treatment – Update 2004 (NIH)
  • Dusty The Asthma Goldfish and His Asthma Triggers Funbook, educational tool to help parents and children learn more about asthma triggers. (EPA 402-F-04-008 February 2004)


  • Health Effects of Exposure to Secondhand Smoke (EPA, last updated on February 29, 2008)
  • Smoke-free Homes and Cars Program (EPA, last updated on December 4, 2008)

Allergy-Induced Asthma

  • Allergens & Irritants: Cigarette Smoke, Cockroaches, Dust Mites, Mold, Pets & Animals, Pollen, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) (last updated: July 2007).
  • Allergy Overview, Air Pollution, Air Filters, Allergic Asthma A-to-Z, Cockroach Allergy, Dust Mite Allergy, Flu/Cold or Allergies?, Mold Allergy, Pet Allergies, Home Remodeling, Rhinitis and Sinusitis, Skin Testing to Diagnose Allergies, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
  • Preventing Asthma in Animal Handlers, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Publication No. 97-116 (January 1998).
  • Pest Control, including cockroaches, National Pesticide Information Center (Oregon State University & U.S. EPA).
  • Food Allergies–Just the Facts, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
  • The Food Allergy Network, frequently asked questions about food allergies and special allergy alerts.


  • Mold, Molds in the Environment (March 2005), Stachybotrys chartarum and other molds, Mold Cleanup & Remediation, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • “A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home,” United States Environmental Protection Agency (2003)
  • Mold Resources, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (last updated September 2008).
  • Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, presents guidelines for the remediation/cleanup of mold and moisture problems in schools and commercial buildings; these guidelines include measures designed to protect the health of building occupants and remediators. It has been designed primarily for building managers, custodians, and others who are responsible for commercial building and school maintenance. It should serve as a reference for potential mold and moisture remediators, Office of Air and Radiation, Indoor Environments Division, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA 402-K-01-001, ast updated on December 1st, 2003).
  • A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home, provides information and guidance for homeowners and renters on how to clean up residential mold problems and how to prevent mold growth (last updated on December 1st, 2003)
  • Facts About Mold: Healthy Homes, Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments, New York City Department of Health Office of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology.
  • Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMLAP) Accredited Laboratories, specifically for labs identifying microorganisms commonly detected in air, fluids, and bulk samples during indoor air quality studies. The EMLAP is designed specifically for laboratories involved in analyzing microbiological samples to evaluate exposures in a variety of workplaces. Participation assists the laboratory in maintaining high quality standards. Examples of organisms that have been used in this program are: Fungi (Alternaria, Aspergillus, Candida, Cryptococcus, Eurotium, Penicillium, Rhizopus) and Bacteria (Aeromonas, Alcaligenes, Bacillus, Enterobacter, Escherichia, Flavobacterium, Micrococcus, Pseudomonas, Serratia, Staphylococcus, Streptomyces); prepared by American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) (last updated 2008).
    Mold Factsheet, intended for Katrina & Rita cleanup workers, but it’s very useful for anyone (NYCOSH)
  • Home Dampness and Molds, Parental Atopy, and Asthma in Childhood: A Six-Year Population-Based Cohort Study (Environmental Health Perspectives – VOLUME 113 | NUMBER 3 | March 2005)
  • House dust: A useful tool to assess microbial contamination in homes, The family home can become a source of microbial contamination, where molds and bacteria thrive, due to inadequate ventilation or high moisture levels. This study compared the mold and bacteria content in ordinary house dust from healthy homes to those with histories of water damage. Results showed the dust from healthy homes to have up to seven times less mold than that from water damaged homes. Bacterial counts were more than twice as high in the damaged homes, although the sample size was too small for statistical validity. This study confirms the reliability of house dust sampling as a complementary diagnosis tool for the assessment of indoor microbial contamination. (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, January 2004, Technical Series 04-103)
  • Home Assessment for Indoor Allergens (The Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics)
  • Residents Warned To Be Careful When Returning To Flood-damaged Homes, Federal Emergency Management Agency (December 13, 2001)
  • Inflammatory mediators in nasal lavage, induced sputum and serum of employees with rheumatic and respiratory disorders … Exposure to microbes present in mould-damaged buildings has been linked to increased frequency of various inflammatory diseases. The current study examined differences in inflammatory mediators in nasal lavage (NAL), induced sputum (IS) and serum of occupants with rheumatic or respiratory disorders and their controls, all working in the same moisture-damaged building. …In summary, these data suggest that mediators in nasal lavage samples reflect the occupational exposure to moulds, whereas possible indicators of existing disorders are detectable in serum. …(Respiratory Journal, by M. Roponen1, J. Kiviranta2, M. Seuri3, H. Tukiainen2, R. Myllykangas-Luosujärvi4 and M-R. Hirvonen1, Eur Respir J 2001; 18:542-548)
  • You Tube Videos – Learning about Mold (2004) Part 1 of 2, Part 2 of 2, A “how to” video about finding and safely cleaning up mold in your home or apartment. Includes: English and Spanish versions; Little Sisters of Assumption; (2006) Part 3 of 3 Mold Guidance ( learning about mold and mold clean-up guidance for New Orleans Area Residents AFfected by Hurricane Katrina.

Air Pollution (Indoor and Outdoor) and Asthma

Indoor Asthma Triggers and Air Pollution

  • Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers, includes “Appendix C: Moisture, Mold and Mildew,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), (last modified: June 17th, 2003).
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Provides a general overview of the commonly listed indoor triggers with links to other EPA documents containing more detailed information about some of the sources (e.g., woodstoves). The additional links are not necessarily focused on asthma.
    • Some scented household products contain chemicals classified as toxic, UW study finds (Seattle Times, July 23, 2008)
    • Health Homes Expert Panel Meeting for more information on how to plan an asthma environmental triggers control intervention program (National Center for Healthy Housing and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry – December 11-12, 2007)
    • Airborne Particulate Matter Research Centers – New (USEPA, 2005)
    • Air freshener chemicals could lead to cancer (Nov. 2004)
    • Air Fresheners – How safe are they? (NRDC/Gina Solomon, September 19, 2007)
    • Something in the air (Joe Skelton)
    • Should You Get Your Heating Ducts Cleaned? (Canada Mortage and Choursing Corporation)
    • Reduction of Airborne Particles in Houses With Occupants Having Respiratory Ailments (October 2005)
    • Asthma Home Environment Checklist (EPA 402-F-03-030 February 2004)
    • Secondhand Smoke (SHS) or Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) (last updated September 2nd, 2003), Children and Secondhand Smoke (March 1999), Fact Sheet: Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking (last updated September 25th, 2003), Take the Smoke-Free Home Pledge, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
    • Tobacco Smoke, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
    • An Office Building Occupant’s Guide to Indoor Air Quality, United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) Indoor Environments Division (6604J) EPA-402-K-97-003, October 1997 (last updated December 30th, 2003)
    • A Guide to Indoor Air Quality: The Inside Story, Consumer Product Safety Commission and Environmental Protection Agency (CPSC Document #450).
    • Indoor Air Pollution: An Introduction for Health Professionals, Co-sponsored by: The American Lung Association (ALA), The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and The American Medical Association (AMA), U.S. Government Printing Office Publication No. 1994-523-217/81322 (last updated September 25th, 2003).
    • Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned?, Indoor Environments Division (6609J), Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), EPA-402-K-97-002, October 1997, last updated January 5th, 2004 )
    • Common Indoor Air Pollutants, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health (Last Modified: 03/13/2002).
    • Cat Exposure Can Protect from Asthma – But There’s an Exception: It Increases Asthma Risk for Children of Asthmatic Mothers (NIEHS, September 5, 2002)
    • First National Survey Shows Americans’ Bedding Can Make Them Sick; Allergens the Culprit (NIEHS PR #00-08, May 9th, 2000)
    • Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures, Full text book on-line, Institute of Medicine (2000), National Academy Press.
      • Conclusions – MS Powerpoint slideshow highlighting the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Report
    • National Air Duct Cleaners Association
    • American Lung Association
      • Information on controlling asthma triggers at home in “What are Asthma and Allergy Triggers?”.

Outdoor Asthma Triggers Air Pollution

    • Environmental Council of States
      • Listing of links to government (state and federal) web sites with information on specific outdoor triggers in “Outdoor Environmental Factors or Triggers”.
    • A Healthier Ride to School: Cleaning Up New York City’s Dirty Diesel School Buses (Environmental Defense Fund, by Mel Peffers & Isabelle Silverman, October 2008)
      Driving on Fumes: Truck Drivers Face Elecvated Health Risks from Diesel Pollution (NRDC 2008)
    • Respiratory Effects of Exposure to Diesel Traffic in Persons with Asthma (New Enlgand Journal of Medicine, Dec. 6, 2007)
    • Diesel Exhaust and Asthma: Hypotheses and Molecular Mechanisms of Action (Environmental Health Perspectives, Feb. 2002)
      All Choked Up: Heavy Traffic, Dirty Air and the Risk to New Yorkers (Environmental Defense, March 2007)
    • No Escape from Diesel Exhaust (Clean Air Task Force, February 2007)
    • Ozone: Good Up High, Bad Nearby, EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (last updated October 15th, 2003).
    • NIEHS-Funded Researchers Find Low-Level Ozone Increases Respiratory Risk of Asthmatic Children (NIEHS 03-13, October 7, 2003)
    • Air Pollution And Health: The Ozone And Particulate Story, National Institutes of Health (NIH) (1997, last modified 11 July 2003).
    • How Air Pollution from Power Plants Threatens the Health of America’s Children: Children at Risk, Fact Sheets for the 48 continguous states, plus DC, profiling exposures to power plants pollutants within a 30 mile radius, Clean Air Task Force for
    • Clear the Air (April 2002)
      Air Pollution, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
    • Children’s Health Study, part of the Long-Term Exposure Heath Effects Research Program, California Air Resources Board (ARB), a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency (updated October 7, 2002)
    • The State of the Air 2003, report on ozone air pollution, American Lung Association (2003).
    • No Breathing in the Aisles Diesel Exhaust Inside School Buses, Clean Air & Energy: Transportation: In Depth: Report, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Coalition for Clean Air (February 2001).
    • In Young Rhesus Monkeys Smog Shown to Set Up Lungs for Asthma (NIEHS PR #00-13, October 12, 2000)

Asthma Medications

  • Managing Asthma (City Health Information, NYCDOH, November/December 2008, Vol. 27(10):79-90)
  • Spirometry, National Lung Health Education Program (2002)
  • Drug Information: a guide to more than 9,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications provided by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  • Food & Drug Interactions, U. S. Food and Drug Administration & National Consumers League, 1998.
  • Asthma Medications, Alternative Therapies, Corticosteroids, Dry-Powdered Inhalers, Immuntherapy, Metered-Dose Inhalers, Over-the-counter Medications, Peak Flow Meters, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
  • Your Metered-Dose Inhaler Will Be Changing (NHLBI), NIH Consumer Health Information on asthma.
  • Metered-Dose Inhaler Information – Frequently Asked Questions, Food and Drug Administration (last Updated:March 08, 2001)
  • Effects of Inhalants, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
  • What is a peak flow meter?, Use of Inhaled Asthma Medications, tips to remember by American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. (AAAAI)
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): Herbal Medicine (topic last reviewed: 05 August 2003), Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (Topic last reviewed: 04 August 2003), MEDLINEplus CAM Resource Guides, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) New and Generic Drug Approvals 1998-2003

Asthma in Schools

  • AsthmaMoms Legislation: Students and Medication at School; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination in education programs and activities
  • Initiating Change: Creating an Asthma-Friendly School (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Department of Health and Human Services, page last reviewed: October 30, 2008)
  • Managing Asthma in the School Environment, guide offers valuable information for all school staff, especially school nurses, teachers, and maintenance staff, on how to identify and control common environmental factors in schools that trigger asthma attacks. Resources include an “Asthma Action Card” which can serve as a daily asthma management plan. School nurses can share these resources with parents to raise awareness of asthma triggers and to help manage asthma at home and school effectively. Also included are easy tips for managing asthma in schools, including using the IAQ TfS Kit and Program to improve IAQ in the learning environment. (EPA 402-K-05-002, August 2005)
  • A Healthier Ride to School: Cleaning Up New York City’s Dirty Diesel School Buses (Environmental Defense Fund, by Mel Peffers & Isabelle Silverman, October 2008)
  • When Should Students With Asthma or Allergies Carry and Self-Administer Emergency Medications at School? Guidance for Health Care Providers Who Prescribe Emergency Medications (National Institute of Health, March 2005)
  • Asthma and the School Environment in New York State
  • Asthma and Physical Activity in the School (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 95-3651, September 1995)
  • Breathing Difficulties Related to Physical Activity for Students With Asthma: Exercise-
  • Induced Asthma: Information for Physical Educators, Coaches and Trainers (National Institute of Health, March 2005)
  • IS THE ASTHMA ACTION PLAN WORKING? A Tool for School Nurse Assessment (National Institute of Health)
  • School Medication Form for NYC: Your Road Map (Fall 2002, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene newsletter)
  • How Asthma-Friendly Is Your School?, How Asthma-Friendly Is Your Child-Care Setting? These surveys ask questions that pinpoint specific areas that may cause problems for children with asthma, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
  • Caring for Children with Chronic Conditions Training Guides for the Head Start Learning Community — Module 3: Putting It All Together: Caring for Children with Asthma, US Department of Health and Human Resources (last modified: 03/28/02)
  • “Mold in My School: What Do I Do?”, published by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF), an affiliate clearinghouse of the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) of the U.S. Department of Education. (March 2002)
  • Strategies for Coordinated Approaches to Addressing Asthma in Schools, highlights six strategies identified by the CDC for schools and districts to consider when addressing asthma within a coordinated school health program, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (last updated December 31, 2003)
  • consolidates information about asthma-related resources for school personnel working with grades K-12. The simple, searchable database links to educational materials, medical information, websites, and other resources useful for anyone who works in a school serving children and youth. (made possible by the National Education Association Health Information Network)
  • Indoor Air Quality: Tools for Schools (last updated on December 17th, 2003): shows schools how to carry out a practical plan of action to improve indoor air quality at little or no cost using common-sense activities and in-house staff. The Kit provides simple-to-follow checklists, background information and more, developed by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Backgrounder (last updated July 1st, 2003); Teacher’s Checklist, Adminstrative Staff’s Checklist, Health Officer/School Nurse’s Checklist, Ventilation Checklist, Building Maintenance Checklist, Food Service Checklist, Waste Management Checklist, Renovation and Repair Checklist and Walkthrough Checklist. (last updated June 16, 2003)
  • School Asthma Education Slide Set, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
  • Open Airways for Schools, a program that teaches children, aged 8-11, how to detect the warning signs of asthma, including the environmental factors that can trigger an attack, American Lung Association.
  • National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Resolution on Asthma Management at School (updated November 2005)
  • Suggested Emergency Protocol For Students With Asthma Symptoms Who Don’t Have A Personal Asthma Actioin Plan (Naitonal Heaert Lung and Blood Institute, July 2005)

Asthma and Sports

  • Sports and Asthma, The Canadian Lung Association (Page updated: January 20, 2003)
  • Tips to Remember: Exercise-Induced Asthma (EIA), American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology (AAAAI).
  • Exercise-Induced Asthma, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
  • Exercising With Allergies and Asthma (February 2000), Allergy, Asthma and Exercise Facts, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) .
  • Asthma on the Athletic Field

Asthma Camps

Search for an Asthma Camp near you, The Consortium on Children’s Asthma Camps.

  • Asthma Camp Toolkit

Medical Literature

  • MEDLINEplus Health Information: asthma resources (government and other) by category selected by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (last reviewed: 19 November 2003)
  • Lungs in Health and Disease (PDF, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
  • Bronchoscopy: Pulmonary Branch Protocols (PDF, National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center)
  • PubMed: the retrieval engine of the National Library of Medicine that links to over 700 journals for abstracts and full text of articles (some publishers may require a subscription). NIH encourages that health consumers discuss search results with their health care professional.
  • America’s Children and the Environment (ACE), brings together, in one place, quantitative information from a variety of sources to show trends in levels of environmental contaminants in air, water, food, and soil; concentrations of contaminants measured in the bodies of mothers and children; and childhood diseases that may be influenced by environmental factors. (last updated on October 21st, 2003)
  • Practical Guide for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma, this concise manual was designed to help the busy primary care provider implement the recommendations in the NAEPP’s 1997 clinical practice guidelines. Emphasizing practical information, it outlines key actions clinicians and patients can take to effectively work together in managing asthma. A variety of implementation aids are provided, including medication dosage charts, glossaries of medication brand names, patient self-assessment forms, and several reproducible patient handouts. 60 pages. (NIH Publication No. 97-4053)
  • Medical Dictionaries: find definitions of medical terms.
  • Medical Directories: Physicians and Other Health Professionals & Hospitals and Other Health Facilities.

Health Services

  • Directories for Doctors, Hospitals and Clinics and Other Healthcare Facilities and Services, MEDLINEplus, the National Library of Medicine’s consumer-health site (last updated: 31 December 2003)
  • State-by-state health insurance coverage: low-cost or free health insurance (including doctor visits, prescription medicines, hospitalizations) for children through 18 years of age, each state has its own program available to children in working families. For New York, Child Health Plus.
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: provides medical assistance for certain individuals and families with low incomes and resources.
  • BPHC Program: to locate service delivery sites, providing primary care to underserved populations
  • Medicare: a Health Insurance Program for people 65 years of age and older, some disabled people under 65 years of age.
  • Choosing an Asthma and Allergy Doctor, Health Insurance, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
  • 2003 New York Consumer Guide to Health Insurers – Includes 2002 Health Rankings: provides consumers with information about the quality of care that their HMOs and health insurers are providing so that they can make informed decisions about their health care, by New York State Insurance Department.
  • Asthma Background
  • Asthma Action Plan and Informational Materials
  • Asthma and Influenza (Flu)
  • What is Work-Related Asthma
  • Occupational Illness & Established Toxic Substance Link (US Department of Labor)
    New York State County Health Directory, New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO).
  • Controlling Your Asthma (PDF file), comprehensive summary including asthma medicines (long term-control and quick-relief), how to use your metered-dose inhaler & peak flow meter, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
    Asthma Action Plan (NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
  • Asthma Action Plan (National Heart Lung and BLood Institute, NIH Publication No. 07-5251, April 2007)
  • Genes and Disease, National Center for Biotechnology Center (NCBI).
    Knowledge Path: Asthma in Children and Adolescents (Georgetown Universtiy, April 2004)\
  • Asthma: What’s Your Plan? (NYDOHMH 2004)
  • Asthma and its Environmental Triggers: Scientists Take a Practical New Look at a Familiar Illness, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health (1997).
  • Biological Pollutants in Your Home, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC Document #425).
  • Living With Asthma: Special Concerns for Older Adults, National Asthma Education and Prevention Program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (1998).
  • Breath of Life: Managing Your Asthma & Asthma Research Today (including Inflammation in the Airways video, Stopping Asthma Before It Starts, The Genetics of Asthma, Do Viral Infections Cause or Prevent Asthma?), National Library of Medicine.
  • The Science of Asthma, Action Against Asthma: A Strategic Plan for the Department of Health and Human Services (May 2000).
  • STARBRIGHT Asthma Game: Quest for the Code includes a comprehensive Parent Guide that provides information about managing childhood asthma at home, at school and at play (2002), Free.
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3) – 2007
  • MMWR Recommendations and Reports, Key Clinical Activities for Quality Asthma Care: Recommendations of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program – March 28, 2003 / Vol. 52 / No. RR-6 (PDF, 247KB, 12pg.)
  • Working Group Report on Managing Asthma During Pregnancy: Recommendations for Pharmacologic Treatment – Update 2004 (NIH)

Asthma Statistics


  • Current Asthma Quickstats. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2006;55(07):185.
    Self-Reported Asthma Among High School Students—United States, 2003. Morbidity and
  • Mortality Weekly Report 2005;54(31):765-767.
  • Asthma Fact Sheet EPA-402-F-04-019, January 2009)
  • Self-Reported Asthma Prevalence and Control Among Adults–United States, 2001. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [MMWR May 2, 2003;52(17)381-4]
  • Asthma Prevalence, Health Care Use, and Mortality, 2000-2001, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (last reviewed January 28, 2003)
  • Asthma: fast stats from A to Z, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (last reviewed December 10, 2003)
  • Surveillance for Asthma – United States, 1980-1999, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (MMWR March 29, 2002; 51(SS-1):1-13)
  • Allergy Statistics (January 2002), Asthma: A Concern for Minority Populations (October 2001), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Surveillance — United States, 1971–2000, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (MMWR, August 2, 2002 / 51(SS06);1-16)
  • Self-Reported Asthma Prevalence Among Adults —United States, 2000, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC MMR Weekly (August 17, 2001/50(32);682-6)
  • Forecasted State-Specific Estimates of Self-Reported Asthma Prevalence — United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC MMR Weekly (December 04, 1998/ 47(47);1022-1025).

New York State

  • Surveillance & Asthma Hospital Discharges & Deaths
  • Asthma Overview
  • New York State Asthma Surveillance Summary Report – October 2007
  • Information on Asthma in New York State (Data tables, trends, charts and maps)
  • Clinical Guideline for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Management of Adults and Children with Asthma – 2003
  • Asthma Hospital Discharge Data in New York State by Region and County (revised: May 2002)
  • Occupational Lung Disease Registry
  • NYS Occupational Health Clinic Network
  • Asthma hospitalization rates among children, and school building conditions, by New York State school districts, 1991-2001 (PubMed; Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, Center for Environmental Health, New York State Department of Health)

New York City

  • Updated Asthma Hospitalization Date by NYC Neighborhood and Neighborhood Income: 2000-2007
  • ASTHMA HOSPITALIZATION RATES BY UHF NEIGHBORHOOD, CHILDREN AGES 0-14: NEW YORK CITY, 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2003 (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
  • NYC Community Health Profiles (by borough & zip code)
  • Asthma Facts, Second Edition provides information on asthma deaths and hospitalizations in New York City residents as well as prevalence among adults and 4-5 year old children. An examination of the data is presented in tables and figures. (May 2003)
  • Asthma Can Be Controlled (NYC Vital Signs, A report from NYC Community Health Survey: April 2003, Volume 2, No. 4)
  • NYC Asthma Cases by Zip Code 2000 (Gotham Gazette)
  • The Health of Lower Manhattan (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: 2000 & 2001 data, 2003 publish date)
  • New York City Department of Health Statistics including “Comparison of Asthma Hospitalization Rates in Children: Aged 0-14, New York City, 1997 and 2000” (8/6/2001)

Maps – Asthma data, pollution

  • Asthma Mortality by Health Service Area, 1996-1998, by National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP)
  • New York State County Health Indicator Profiles, 2002-2006, New York State Department of Health (revised: September 2008)
  • Air Quality maps, by Zip Code provided by the Environmental Defense Scorecard, pollution in your community

Doctors and Hospitals

  • New State Hospital Profile, use this site to find information about hospitals in New York State, and the quality of care they provide. Please be mindful that while we believe these quality measures are among the most reliable, measuring quality is difficult because of the variation among hospitals in the complexity of patients that they treat. You are encouraged to use this information to begin conversations with your doctor, hospital representatives, or other health care professionals about your condition and available treatment options, as well as with family members, friends, and associates who may have direct experience with a particular hospital. (NY State Department of Health, last modified Oct. 1, 2008)
  • New York State Physician Profile, to get information about physicians/doctors (NY State Department of Health)
  • Office of the Professions, Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department have overseen the preparation, licensure, and practice of the professions. Currently, the Office of the Professions regulates forty-eight professions including medicine & nursing (last updated: January 1, 2009)
    • Online Verification Searches (last updated: December 3, 2008)
    • Professional Discipline Complaint Form (updated: November 16, 2001): license verification provides information on individuals who are licensed to practice numerous professions (including medicine such as physicians both MDs & DOs) in New York State. Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department oversees the preparation, licensure, and practice of the thirty-eight professions. You may also call their Complaint Hotline 1-800-442-8106 or email [email protected]
  • America’s Best Hospitals by Specialty, search hospitals according to specialty, U.S. News & World Report Inc.
  • Toll Free Asthma Hotline, General information about asthma and allergies. This line is staffed Monday thru Friday from 10 am to 3 pm EST at the national office of Asthma and
  • Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
  • Allergist Locator OnLine or by calling, find an American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) Allergist near you online or callling 1-800-842-7777..
    Allergy/Immunology Physician Referral Directory, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI).
  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Service (last modified December 01, 2008)
  • MedlinePlus CAM Resource Guides: Alternative Medicine
  • National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB)

Asthma Centers

  • Asthma Center at Long Island College Hospital (LICH), Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Medical Center.


Travelling with Asthma

  • Tips to Remember: Traveling with allergies and asthma, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI)
  • Planning a Move, Traveling with Asthma, Traveling with Allergies, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)


Holidays & Asthma

  • Handling the Holidays, Food Allergy-Free Holiday Recipes, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) (December 11, 2000).
  • Holiday Allergies, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)


Asthma Organizations


  • Communities in Action for Asthma-Friendly Environments, this Network is sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency in partnership with Allies Against Asthma, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Network provides community-based asthma programs a platform for real-time learning that can drive the ongoing improvement of asthma care. By joining (at no cost), you will become a partner in building and maintaining this online Network of communities who together are improving the lives of people with asthma from across the nation.
  • American Lung Association Better Breathers Clubs, Join the thousands of others with chronic respiratory disease across the country who participate in the American Lung Association Better Breathers Clubs. These support groups meet regularly to learn about tips and techniques to better manage their disease. Questions about Traveling with Oxygen or Pulmonary Rehabilitation? COPD or Asthma? Talk to others who might have the same questions, share stories of support and help, and connect with those in your community with chronic lung disease. Call the American Lung Association Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA to speak to someone directly or submit a question online. They are there to answer your lung health questions.
  • Allergy and Asthma Network, Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc. (AANMA): membership nonprofit organization that works closely with medical companies, 2751 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 150, Fairfax, VA 22031. 800-878-4403 or 703-641-9595.
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA): has Educational Support Groups (ESGs) all across the country to help you gather relevant information about asthma and allergies and offer emotional support (parent, pre-teens and teens, adult, food allergy groups). 1233 20th Street, NW, Suite 402, Washington, DC 20036. 1-800-7-ASTHMA (727-8462).
  • Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC), HealtheHouse, national non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public, specifically parents and caregivers, about environmental toxins that affect children’s health. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate children’s exposure to man-made toxic substances by ensuring everyone’s right-to-know what is in their air, food, water and commercial products. We are working to achieve this goal through increased scientific research, government policies which are more protective of children, and educating and mobilizing individuals — like you — around the country. 12300 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 320, Los Angeles, CA 90025, 310-820-2030
  • Healthy Schools Network, Inc.: healthy school guides designed to help parents and others protect child environmental health and safety at school: pesticides, creating healthier school facilities, green cleaning, accommodations for those with health impairments; 773 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY, 12208. 518-462-0632.



  • Regional Asthma Coalitions, New York State Department of Health
    • Capital Region
    • Central New York
    • Finger Lakes
    • Hudson Valley
    • Long Island
    • New York City
    • North Brooklyn
    • North Country
    • Northern Manhattan
    • South Bronx
    • Southern Tier
    • Western New York
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Education Support Groups, Asthma/Emphysema Self-Help Group Inc., Parents of Asthmatic & Allergic Children (PAAC), Parents of Asthmatic Children Support Group, SAY of Nassau County
  • American Lung Association of New York, Corporate Office, Manhattan Office, 116 John St. 30th Floor; New York, NY 10038; Phone: 212-889-3370
  • Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Inc., founded in 1965 by a coalition of organizations and individuals, “Healthy Air for Westchester”. campaign,.We educate the public about air quality and the negative impacts air pollution has on human health; 78 North Broadway, E House, White Plains, NY 10603, (914) 422-4053, E-mail: [email protected]


  • Asthma Initiative, New York City Deparartment of Health and Mental Hygiene, continues to coordinate the New York City Asthma Partnership (NYCAP), a citywide coalition of over 300 organizations and individuals initiated in 1999. NYCAP brings together representatives from schools, daycare, health care institutions, pharmacies, community based organizations, government, and others who make recommendations to improve citywide policies and systems that affect people with asthma. NYCAP addressee the following: the environment, asthma education, data and research, health care delivery, and issues affecting children in schools, childcare, and recreation programs..
    • New York City Asthma Partnership (NYCAP), is a coalition of over 300 individuals and organizations who share an interest in reversing the asthma epidemic in NYC. Contact: Chantelle Brathwaite, NYCAP, c/o New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, 120 Wall Street, Box CN 46, New York, NY 10005. Phone: 212-361-4191, Email: [email protected]
  • NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, Coalition Priorities include: Reduce second-hand smoke exposure for all who live, work and play in New York City, Protect young people from tobacco industry target marketing and product access; Support effective, community-appropriate, comprehensive tobacco control programs; and Link New Yorkers to affordable, accessible cessation services for all City residents.
  • The Brenda Pillors Asthma Education Program, publicly accessible database for asthma-related services in the New York City region, Brooklyn Campus, Long Island University
  • Wellness in the Schools (WITS), grassroots organization that promotes children’s environmental health, nutrition and fitness within the New York City public schools. PO Box 250832, New York, NY 10025; [email protected]
  • Asthma Free School Zone (AFSZ), neighborhood-based and school-centered. The program provides durable outdoor signage to designate school zones; gives advocacy and environmental health training to school and community members; guides grassroots creation and maintenance of safe, healthy school zones in which children are protected from risks associated with poor air quality; Program Kit and Six Asthma Skits/Videos. Founding Director: Rebecca Kalin, Email: [email protected]; 131 Avenue B, NY 10009, 1st Floor. (212) 533-6615.


  • Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service, Inc., has offered community-based health services to impoverished East Harlem families since 1958. The target population is child-bearing families with children at risk for developmental delays, abuse, and/or neglect. Programs focus especially on early-intervention and education, with an array of services made available to families in their own homes and at our center.475 East 115th Street, 1st fl., New York, NY 10029; (212) 369-4406
  • Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc., information referral, advocacy and training for parents and professionals working with Asthmatics up to the age of 21, 116 E. 16th St. 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003, 212-677-4650.


  • Greater Southern Brooklyn Health Coalition (GBHC), Including the communities of Bay Ridge, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bensonhurst, Boro Park, Brighton Beach, Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, Coney Island, Crown Heights, East New York, Flatbush (East and Central), Homecrest, Sheepshead Bay, and Sunset Park, GBHC represents the ethnic, religious, and geographic diversity of Brooklyn. 885 Flatbush Avenue, 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11226, 718-940-3453, email: [email protected]


  • Jamaica Childhood Asthma Initiative, a coalition of local Queens hospitals and social service agencies, led and coordinated by Safe Space, 295 Lafayette Street, Suite 920, NY, NY 10012; 212.226.3536


Chicago Asthma Consortium (CAC), The Chicago Asthma Consortium was formed in 1996, as a joint project of the American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago and the American College of Chest Physicians to coordinate the activities of institutions and individuals engaged in asthma diagnosis, treatment, and education advocacy. The members of the CAC include local hospitals, clinics, family doctors, pulmonary specialist, community organizations and professional societies representing the front line service providers and recipients in the battle against asthma. 4541 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Suite 303, Chicago, IL 60640. Phone: 773.769.6060

California – RAMP – Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Initiative, clearinghouse of asthma information, provides technical assistance to asthma coalitions, and serves as a regional convener in the Bay Area. RAMP also coordinates Community Action to Fight Asthma (CAFA), a statewide network of asthma coalitions working to shape local, regional and state policies to reduce the environmental triggers of asthma for school-aged children where they live, learn, and play. 180 Grand Ave. Suite 750 Oakland, CA 94612. Phone: (510) 302-3365.


Canadian Lung Association, umbrella group for the ten Provincial Associations, The Lung Association, 3 Raymond Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, ON K1R 1A3, Canada, 613-569-6411

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