Houston Asthma Notes - January 2024

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  The Houston Health Department (HHD) has a mission to work in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. The health department has a long history of positioning asthma control as a priority. Based on a Community Health Assessment facilitated by the HHD, specific asthma improvement objectives were featured in a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) that was adopted and is currently being implemented over a five-year period. --> EMU Launch

This month marks an exciting milestone for us, as we launch our Environmental Mobile Unit (EMU) aimed at enhancing asthma awareness among children. Our primary focus is to deliver comprehensive Asthma Self-Management Education (ASME) to elementary students within the Houston Independent School District (HISD). We've successfully partnered with 14 strategically chosen schools located in areas heavily impacted by asthma, with the goal of engaging approximately 100 students in our ASME program.

In preparation for this initiative, the team has undergone rigorous training and are now certified by the American Lung Association in Asthma Education. This equips us to effectively administer the renowned Open Airways for Schools (OAS) curriculum, ensuring a high-quality educational experience for the students. This initiative represents our commitment to promoting better health and well-being in our community, starting with our youngest and most vulnerable members.

   

Dear valued members of our coalition,

We are reaching out to seek your assistance in identifying Asthma Support groups within the Houston area, especially those catering to children or parents of children with Asthma. Your knowledge and connections in the community are invaluable to us in this endeavor.

If you have any information about such groups, please do not hesitate to contact Edwin Paul at edwin.paul@houstontx.gov. Your input is crucial in helping us connect and support families dealing with Asthma in our community.

Thank you for your continued collaboration and support in this important matter.

Women Infant Children (WIC)
In our ongoing commitment to community health, we have embarked on an outreach program at local Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) centers, focusing on asthma awareness during pregnancy. Recognizing the unique challenges asthma poses for expectant mothers, our team offers resources to aid women with asthma during pregnancy. These efforts aim to empower pregnant women with the knowledge and tools needed to manage their asthma effectively, ensuring the health and safety of both mother and child. This initiative also includes collaboration with healthcare professionals at WIC centers, enhancing our ability to provide cohesive and informed support to the community.

 

--> Great American Smoke Out (GASO)  

Our department took an active role in the Great American Smoke Out, emphasizing not only the hazards of smoking and tobacco use but also its impact on asthma. The event was a blend of educational talks, personal stories, and resource sharing, all aimed at promoting a smoke-free lifestyle for better respiratory health. Participants engaged in discussions about asthma and the benefits of quitting smoking, with a focus on improving overall health. 

--> Coalition Development 
  Over the past four weeks, the Houston Health Department has been actively engaged in fostering connections with various healthcare providers, universities, pharmaceutical companies, and key stakeholders. The objective is to build a coalition dedicated to addressing asthma-related issues and improving community awareness of available asthma resources. Notably, the department has been in communication with Zeba Bhanji, Head of the BREATHE Project at the University of Houston, among others, to strengthen this collaborative effort. Together, we aim to enhance the well-being of the Houston community by providing valuable asthma-related information and support. -->       Community Outreach Activities

 Here are some events from the past month: 
  • Veterans Fest 23 at East Aldine Amphitheatre 
  •  Aldine ISD Health Resource Fair 
  • Posada with Port community resource fair at Galena Park
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–George William Curtis  Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org. Copyright © 2024 Houston Health Department, All rights reserved.


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Houston Asthma Notes - November 2023

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While the refreshing rain is a welcome relief from the dry heat, it's crucial to remain cautious. The scent of fresh rain and the chill in the air can potentially trigger asthma attacks by constricting the airways.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that impacts millions of individuals globally. Cold weather can exacerbate asthma symptoms, making it challenging for those with asthma to breathe comfortably. To help you prevent asthma attacks during colder months, consider the following tips:
🍂 Cover your nose and mouth with a scarf or mask: This helps warm the air you breathe, reducing the risk of asthma attacks.
🍂 Avoid outdoor exercise: Physical activity can trigger asthma symptoms, particularly in cold weather. If outdoor exercise is necessary, warm up for at least 10 to 15 minutes beforehand and use your inhaler 15 to 30 minutes before exercising.
🍂 Adhere to your prescribed asthma medication regimen: Consistently taking your medication can help manage your asthma and lower the risk of attacks.
🍂 Stay well-hydrated: Drinking plenty of fluids keeps your airways moist and reduces the likelihood of asthma attacks.
🍂 Celebrate Thanksgiving with care: The holiday season brings family gatherings and feasts, but be cautious if you have asthma. Be mindful of potential triggers like smoke, strong scents, or allergens at Thanksgiving gatherings.
Stay warm and safe this fall season! 🦃🍁🎁 --> Mission
  The Houston Health Department (HHD) has a mission to work in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. The health department has a long history of positioning asthma control as a priority. Based on a Community Health Assessment facilitated by the HHD, specific asthma improvement objectives were featured in a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) that was adopted and is currently being implemented over a five-year period. --> Air Alliance of Houston Webinar 
 

We are excited to extend an invitation from the Air Alliance of Houston to join us for an informative webinar on December 7th. The webinar will delve into the crucial topic of how healthcare providers can effectively address the adverse health effects of air pollution. For more information, including event details and registration, please take a moment to review the attached flyer below.

We look forward to your participation in this important discussion.

Here is the registration link --> Partnership with Houston Public Library  

We are thrilled to share that we are in the process of launching a collaboration aimed at hosting community events at several library branches. Our goal is to enhance community engagement with Asthma Control and Prevention strategies. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting initiative that will bring our community closer to healthier living.

--> Coalition Development 
  Over the past four weeks, the Houston Health Department has been actively engaged in fostering connections with various healthcare providers, universities, pharmaceutical companies, and key stakeholders. The objective is to build a coalition dedicated to addressing asthma-related issues and improving community awareness of available asthma resources. Notably, the department has been in communication with Zeba Bhanji, Head of the BREATHE Project at the University of Houston, among others, to strengthen this collaborative effort. Together, we aim to enhance the well-being of the Houston community by providing valuable asthma-related information and support. -->       Community Outreach Activities

 Here are some pictures from some of our events this month including the Jensen Jubilee Event by Houston North East CDC and HPARD-HHD Health Fair at Robinson Junior Community Center --> The next quarterly coalition meeting will be on Thursday December 14th at 2pm. An invitation with the meeting link will be sent shortly. 
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–George William Curtis  Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org. Copyright © 2023 Houston Health Department, All rights reserved.


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Houston Asthma Notes - October 2023

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Texas is finally out of the triple digit heat temperatures, and we are finally getting some much-needed rain. Be carefully with that fresh rain, the smell can be an asthma trigger for some.  September 23rd was our first official day of Fall and Houstonians are ready for some Fall weather! Mission
  The Houston Health Department (HHD) has a mission to work in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. The health department has a long history of positioning asthma control as a priority. Based on a Community Health Assessment facilitated by the HHD, specific asthma improvement objectives were featured in a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) that was adopted and is currently being implemented over a five-year period. Environmental Mobile Unit (EMU) Recruitment 
 
  • It’s open house season at HISD schools and our EMU team has been visiting schools to gain more participants for the school year.
  • Our number of participants are increasing which is helping our goal to serve a 100 students!
  • Many parents were very receptive as the team educated them on information on how to prevent and control asthma attacks. 
  • Our Public Health Educators teamed up with EMU to visit multi- service centers to disseminate to the public educational material on Asthma Control. 

The following images below illustrate one of the Public Health Educators recruiting participants at Almeda Elementary Open House --> Asthma Dashboard Updates    The dashboard is now up for internal review and will  go live very soon.  -->       National Night out at Emancipation Park The Asthma Control and Prevention Team had an opportunity to teach the community about Asthma Self Management at the Third Ward District in Houston. We are pleased to reach to a wide range of community members and connect with other local vendors, to add to the coalition.  --> Upcoming Events This month the Asthma team will be partnering with Houston City libraries to provide  Asthma self-management education. The Asthma team will also attend Health Fairs in an effort to provide continuing community outreach. The Asthma team will also strengthen relationships with healthcare facilities in the greater Houston region with an emphasis on coalition building.  Expand your Knowledge  Here are some ways to broaden your horizons about Asthma prevention and  updated guidelines:

Albuterol in Schools 
  • Read the following article on use of Asthma medical in school in certain states 
Asthma and Allergy Clinical Trials 
  • New research shows that an Asthma vaccine research has entered the clinical trials phase.  Click on the following link to read more about it. 
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–George William Curtis  Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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Houston Asthma Notes - September 2023

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  The next Asthma Coalition Quarterly Meeting will be held virtually on September 28, 2023, at 3 p.m.
A TEAM link to join will be emailed to all members this week.  --> Mission
  The Houston Health Department (HHD) has a mission to work in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. The health department has a long history of positioning asthma control as a priority. Based on a Community Health Assessment facilitated by the HHD, specific asthma improvement objectives were featured in a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) that was adopted and is currently being implemented over a five-year period Fifth Year Goals 
  • Expand partnership with community based organizations to strengthen coalition
  • Report key findings from documented activities and initiatives
  • Work with external evaluators and coalition members to improve evaluation process
--> NEWS Alerts  
Environmental Mobile Health
  • Partnered wit the EMU unit to provide 150 packages to HISD staff and nurses
  • Led discussions with schools nurses about challenges they experienced
  • Providing hands-on asthma education on school campuses
Outreach Efforts 
  • Engaged with providers in high burden zip codes
  • Initiated outreach and visiting with providers and encouraging them to use NAEPP guidelines for Asthma Management. 
                     COH Health Department meet up with HISD Nurses -->                                               Some Fun Reads
  Asthma Capital Report 
  • According to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), in Septembers the ER Visits and hospitalization from Asthma spiked to the highest level of the year. To read the full report, please visit asthmacapitals.com 

Article: The relationship between Neighborhood condition and Asthma Rates among Children
  • Check out the following article that was published in early September on how living in better neighborhood conditions lowers Asthma rates among Children. 
Journal: Asthma Care Coverage in Medicaid
  • Check out this publication on how Medicaid coverage guidelines in all 50 states and District of Columbia and Puerto Rico 
--> Expand your Knowledge 
  Here are some ways to broaden your horizons about Asthma prevention and  updated guidelines 


Back to School Asthma Webinar 
  • Asthma is one of the common reasons students miss school
  • Join this webinar with American Lung Association to learn more about benefits, challenges and strategies to implement.
  • Register Today

Asthma Basics Course Relaunch 
  • American Lung Association has relaunched Asthma Basics course with updated content.
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–George William Curtis  Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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Houston Asthma Notes -August 2023

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Starting September 1, we will enter our final year of the grant.  We will discuss activities in our September 2023 coalition meeting.  --> Back to school with asthma
Prepare for a safe and healthy school year! Check out the Allergy & Asthma Network's tips here.    --> Check the asthma forecast 
September is asthma peak season. Stay up to date on the asthma index in your area here.  --> Healthy Observations & Training 
  • August is National Immunization Awareness Month
-->


Get air alerts for the Houston area sent right to your phone! Sign up here. --> “Happiness lies first of all in health.”
–George William Curtis  --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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Houston Asthma Notes - July 2023

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The Asthma Prevention & Control program had the chance to inform the Magnolia community about asthma triggers and how to maintain a healthy home. 35 seniors participated in the healthy home training and left with Green Kits to improve their indoor air quality. -->   Our situation, with global warming and air quality and of that, has gotten to be catastrophic. Learn what you can do, read now.
  --> Myths About Mental Health & Quitting Nicotine Young people are experiencing the ongoing youth mental health crisis and youth e-cigarette use. Click here to debunk myths.


  --> Healthy Observations & Training  --> Houstonians have been feeling extreme summer temperatures. With long summer days spent outdoors in the heat, it's important to protect your family. Learn how here. 
    Can complimentary health approaches help people with asthma?  Click here to find out. 
  --> “A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” –Tom Stoppard --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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Houston Asthma Notes - June 2023

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The Asthma Prevention and Control Program partnered with Baylor College of Medicine Family and Community Medicine at the American Lung Association's Texas Two Step event. 
  -->   The Asthma Prevention and Control Program is partnering with the PEHSU (Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units) to provide Healthy Home Training in Houston. 
  --> Blood Sugar and Steroids? Steroids help asthma by calming the inflamed airways to stop inflammation. It also eases breathlessness but it spikes blood sugar. Read more


  --> Healthy Observations & Training  -->   This is bad news for Houstonians, hurricane season has begun, and breathing is challenging, click here to learn why.  
    Big Tobacco is consistently targeting the youth. use these resources to help the youth quit. 
  --> "Take care of your body. It's the only place  you have to live"
– Jim Rohn  --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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Houston Asthma Notes - May 2023

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From fungal infection. Fungi are everywhere. The more you know about them and the chances of getting one, the better you can protect your health. Learn more here --> Allergy Capitals 2023
We are in the midst of spring, trees, grass, weed pollen and more. Check out the most challenging cities to manage allergies.  --> $41 Million to Help Wastewater Challenges 
Every person in every community deserves to have effective and dependable wastewater services. Read more. --> Clean School Buses  Reducing emissions will improve air quality in and around schools and communities. Learn where $400 is being used. 
  --> Today's the Day to Start Thinking About
Air Quality. Learn what tools you can use protect you and your family from poor quality air. 
  --> Approximately 4.8 million children in the United States have asthma and MOST of them  have allergic asthma.  --> The wisest one-word sentence? Breathe.
–Terri Guillemets --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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Houston Asthma Notes - April 2023

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Register here  --> Tobacco Cessation Resources for Youth 
The American College of Prevention has multiple resources dedicated tobacco cessation for youth.  Click here to access resources. --> World Asthma Day 2023
World Asthma Day (WAD) May 2, 2023, is organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma, (GINA) a World Healt h Organization. Check out activities. --> Unusual Asthma Triggers
There seems to be quite a few usual asthma triggers. Are you curious? Click here to be amazed.  --> Is an Asthma Pillow a Thing?
When you're breathing well, you're definitely not sleeping well. Click here to learn the best types of pillows for asthma sufferers. --> What You Wish Your Doctor Knew
About Asthma 

Treating someone with an asthma diagnosis can be very convoluted and even the best doctors don't always understand, learn why.
  --> “But it is a sort of April-weather life that we lead in this world. A little sunshine is generally the prelude to a storm.”
— William Cowper --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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Houston Asthma Notes - March 2023

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Thank you everyone for your partnership and continued support.  Itchy Chin and Neck: What's the deal?
Asthma researchers tend to refer to it as " Prodromal Itching" Click here to learn more. --> National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week 
March 12-18 is National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week. The Breathe Better Newtork partnered with the Amercian Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation to share resources. Download and share. --> Policy Changes, Cleaner Air 
The EPA finalized the strongest ever clean air standards to cut smog and soot emissions. Read full press release. --> Traditional Tobacco in Native Communities
The American Lung Association hosted a webinar or traditional and commercial tobacco in Native American communities. Tune into ways to tailor tobacco prevention messages. --> Women Who Made Lung History 
In recognition of Women's History Month, the American Lung Association is proud to shine a spotlight on historical women. Learn more.  --> Asthma Basics Workshop

Brush up your knowledge or learn the fundamentals of Asthma with the American Lung Association. Register for the FREE online workshop here.

--> " Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale."  --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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Houston Asthma Notes - February 2023

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Explore now  --> Seriously, Asthma? Is asthma a serious chronic condition? Learn why people don't take asthma seriously. Click here. --> Gas, Bloating & Asthma? Can you imagine experiencing bloating and a shortness of breath, is that a thing? Does one trigger the other? Click here to learn more. --> Asthma and Heart Disease   People with persistent asthma could be at 1.5 times higher risk of developing a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation. Check out new research.  --> $100 Million Dollars Available The EPA just announced $ 100 Million for environmental justice grants, the largest ever offered to help underserved communities. Learn more about this opportunity. --> Is it Environmental or Genetic? 

FREE WEDINAR!    Is there a genetic tendency to develop allergic conditions like rhinitis, asthma, and atopic dermatitis? Or is it? 

--> Say it With Your Lungs 

The American Lung Assocation has partnered with HCPLive, a clinical news and information portal for physicians to share topics in asthma. Click here

--> " Do your part, care for your heart." --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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Houston Asthma Notes - January 2023

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  --> Financing Environmental Asthma Home Visits  Learn from state experts about innovative approaches for financing environmental asthma home visits with MEDICAID. Watch now.  --> Asthma Diet  Usually, when people are diagnosed with a chronic condition, the focus is on what we need to take out of our diet. Learn what to "add" in.  --> Be SMART About Asthma SMART therapy stands for Single Maintenance and Reliver Therapy. Click here for more deals.  --> First, I do Yoga, Then I Breath    Can yoga help benefit people with asthma? There are few opinions, what do you think?  Get relaxed and watch now . --> January is Radon Action Month  Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. You can't see or smell radon. Learn how to detect and protect your lungs. Click here.  --> Rising Cases of RSV

NEW WEDINAR: RSV is a respiratory virus that is causing a surge in hospitalization for the young and older. Register to about prevention and treatment.

--> National Institutes of Health 

The NIH recently released an article detailing climate change and health initiative, learn how the initiative will help reduce health threats. Read here

--> --> " And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that never been." Rainer Maria Rilke --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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Houston Asthma Notes - December 2022

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  Asthma in the Workplace   We often talk about how asthma impacts exercise, and how different foods or allergens can contribute to asthma symptoms. But what about the workplace?  --> Allergies and asthma are a challenge to manage on a regular day and the holidays create new obstacles to plan around. Tune in to learn tips on managing asthma and allergies to make the best of the holiday.  --> Upcoming New Webinar Register for the second in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's webinar series on solutions for addressing factors contributing disproportionate asthma health burden.  --> Can RSV Affect Older Children? There isn't a shortage of media coverage on the dangers of RSV for babies. That's enough to scare any parent but what about older children? Learn more --> --> Social Security Benefits  If you have asthma that is so bad, you are unable to work, can you file a claim for social security disability benefits? Click here to find out.   --> Asthma Educator Institue 

The Asthma Educator Institute is a three partial-day preparatory course for individuals that want to implement asthma guidelines-cased care. Register here.

--> Asthma Basic Workshop 

The American Lung Association's Asthma Basics Program is now being offered as a live, virtual workshop. Register for the FREE workshop now. 

--> --> " You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas lights." Maya Angelou  --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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Houston Asthma Notes -  November 2022

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Healthy Homes Training    The Houston Health Department partnered with PESHU to provide Healthy Home trainings. The training discusses reliable sources and strategies for eliminating asthma triggers in and around the house. HHD was able to offer training the wonderful Pleasantville neighborhood. --> Back to the Basics  The American Lung Association's asthma Basics program is now being offered as a live, virtual workshop. This program is ideal for health professionals, individuals with asthma parents' family and friends.  Register now.  --> November is National COPD Awareness Month  Share resources and tools for family caregivers, healthcare professionals and community on bringing greater awareness to COPD.   
Learn more.  --> New Webinar: Navigating the Holidays with Allergies & Asthma  Allergies and asthma area challenge to manage on a regular day and the holidays create new obstacles to plan around. Tune in for every day practical tips and tricks.
Register now.  --> Ending Vaping in Schools  A 1-hour learning opportunity for school personnel and community partners to gain a greater awareness about the youth vaping epidemic. Register now.  --> FREE 2022 Asthma Education Summit 

Gather with health care providers, school representatives, faith-based and other community -based organizations to share asthma information. Reserve a spot. 

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--> New NIH Supported Research 

Bronchodilators don't improve smoking- related respiratory symptoms in people without COPD. Learn why. 

--> Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it's all an experience.  --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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Houston Asthma Notes -  October 2022

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Handling asthma and Halloween can be manageable, check out the list.  Allergy & Asthma Network invites you to the 2022 USAsthma Summit. The event will be held in-person and via an interactive livestream. Register now. --> Growing Up With Asthma In The 1970s And 1980s John Bottrell, RRT- Mom says I was diagnosed with asthma when I was 2 years old. Read more --> Help End Asthma - a lung disease that affects more than 25 million Americans.
Learn more  Latex Allergy Awareness Week  Is October 2 - 8 learn 5 reasons why you should not forget about about latex allergy. Read more. --> New Webinar: Vaccines for COVID, Flu & Pneumonia: What Do You Need to Know Now The new Omicron bivalent vaccine is raising questions as we move toward flu season. Register now --> Why offer a telehealth program for asthma,
allergies or COPD? 
--> 6 Ways to Have a Safe and Allergy-Free Halloween 

If you want to keep your Halloween allergy-free check out these helpful tips that will allow for you and your family to have safe and fun-filled Halloween.
Read more. 

--> Tips for Home Safety --> Quote to Note: 
There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by midnight.  --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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Houston Asthma Notes - September 2022

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Join the EPA in Innovations in Financing Environmental Asthma Home Visits Within Medicaid. Register now.  --> September is Asthma Peak Season  Asthma attacks requiring a hospital or ER visit spike in mid-September, especially among child. Learn why it happens and how to avoid triggers. Read more.  --> Allergy & Asthma Network invites you to the 2022 USAsthma Summit. The event will be held in-person and via an interactive livestream. Register now. --> Smoking and Asthma  --> 16th Annual Asthma & Allergy Clinical Conference 

The Arizona Asthma & Allergy Conference provides education and networking for clinicians and anyone who care for patients living with asthma and allergies.  Register here.

--> Back to School Guide for School, Nurses, Teachers and Staff

Asthma and allergy management at school  includes preventing exposures and caring for children who develop symptoms. Watch this webinar to learn more.

--> New Podcast Alert The Allergy & Asthma Network invites you to listen to their new podcast series focused on childhood asthma. The first episode addresses how parents and healthcare provides can partner to better support children with asthma. Listen now!  --> Quote to Note: 
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined.”
- Henry David Thoreau --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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Learn more. --> Tips For Animal Lovers With Asthma  Do you love animals? Does someone you know love animals but have asthma, check out this blog to learn keep how  you can breathe easy  with your furry friends.  --> New Upcoming Webinar Interventional treatments for COPD. Dr. Mahajan will discuss treatment options for severe COPD or emphysema. These approved treatments include surgical procedures like lung volume reduction surgery. Register now. --> New Upcoming Webinar  As a medical and social community, we learn new things about COVID-19 every day. Join us as we explain what you need to know about new COVID-19 medical treatments and pediatric vaccines. Register now.  --> What is Ragweed?  Ragweed allergy is a leading cause of allergic rhinitis (also called hay fever), which affects more than 23 million people in the United States. Ragweed pollen can be found in every state in the United States plus Canada. Learn from an Allergist about ragweed pollen an asthma. 
Tune in!  --> Back To School With Asthma 

Do you have asthma concerns as students return to school? Join Allergy and Asthma  Network, they will offer an unique perspective with a panel presentation from a high school student and school nurses.
Register now. 

--> Save the Date!

Join us for the second annual Global Food Allergy Summit – a FREE in-person and virtual event Oct. 1-2. Register now! 

--> New Severe Asthma Research Take the PrecISE Study. Do you have severe asthma?  Do you know someone with severe asthma? If so, we invite you to take part in the PrecISE (Precision Interventions for Severe and/or Exacerbation-Prone Asthma Network) asthma research study.
Learn more.  --> Quote to Note:  “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”
- Babe Ruth --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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The environmental mobile unit provides Houston Independent School District nurses with the additional space, equipment, and personnel they need to offer healthcare, asthma management education, and lead poisoning prevention services to students and their families to enable them to participate fully in school, avoid health emergencies, and enjoy a higher quality of life. Learn more about the Houston Health Department asthma prevention efforts.

--> Houston's Strategic Asthma Plan Did you know the Houston Health Department developed a  strategic plan to control asthma across the city? The 2019-2024 plan builds on five areas to better understand the challenges the city faces in improving air quality and reducing asthma and asthma-related illnesses. Take a look. --> Health equity efforts recognized The Allergy & Asthma Network and associated partners recently won several awards for their leadership and commitment to health equity. Read more. --> NEW STUDY!  New research finds drug combination can reduce risk of asthma attacks. Learn more  --> Don't miss this award-winning webinar You can watch the recording of "Innovative Strategies and Partnerships to Improve Asthma Outcomes..." The webinar was the recipient of the 2022 EPA Asthma Award Winner  View here! --> Monkey See, Monkey Don't !

The first three cases of monkeypox have been detected in Houston. The results of CDC and Houston Health Department lab testing confirm the first test. News release
 

--> New options for managing children's asthma Learn about the recent findings that can help parents, with their child's pediatrician, make informed decisions for managing your child's mild persistent asthma. Watch now --> Hide And Go Seek Our homes can be filled with asthma triggers. Some things are easy to find, but others need a little more investigating. Learn where are the few common asthma triggers that may be hiding out in your bathroom, and tips to reduce them.Read more --> Quote to Note:  "One positive thought can change your whole day." - Zig Ziglar  --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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The document provides a snapshot of the impact the condition has on the city. Read the report to understand how specific populations bear a disproportionate amount of the asthma burden.  --> Moving Asthma & Allergy Science Forward  Register now to hear Allergy & Asthma Network Director of Research and Evaluation Dr. DeDe Gardner explain the many ways patients can get involved in research - and why it's critical for innovation. --> Overcoming health disparities Quality care is vital for those with asthma and people who are a part of underserved communities that live with distinct barriers to care. The video will look at ways to reduce barriers and provide the best asthma care for each and every person. --> The COPD Caregiver's Toolkit 

Managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be difficult for patients and their families. When caregivers know what to expect, they can provide better care for their loved ones. Access Here

--> How connected are Asthma & COPD? As many patients know, there are numerous similarities between asthma and COPD. Many people wonder if their differences are big enough to sway treatment options. Watch Dr. Vickram Tejwani on this interesting topic. --> What Does Allergic Asthma Feel Like?  Does an asthma attack triggered by allergies feel different than a typical asthma attack? Learn more.  --> Be Vape FREE The virtual field trip discusses the harmful effects of e-cigarettes and includes subject matter experts and teen advocates. Discover how better understanding of our health knowledge is a tool to make a positive impact locally and beyond. --> Quote to Note: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin   --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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Read the latest Houston Asthma Burden Report.
  --> Learn More Breathe Better Asthma is a chronic condition that causes wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. An asthma attack can happen when you're exposed to dust, strong fumes, smoke, and other irritants. Follow the campaign on social media for tips on controlling symptoms. Key takeaways Three things the Learn More Breathe Better program wants you to know about asthma: 
  • Asthma is a serious lung disease. While symptoms can range from mild to severe, a person can die during an asthma attack
  • Asthma doesn’t go away, and it can’t be cured. Once a person develops asthma, he or she is likely to have it for a lifetime.
  • Asthma can be managed. Like diabetes and high blood pressure, asthma takes ongoing monitoring and management to keep it under control. Managing the disease effectively means working closely with a health care provider, taking medications as prescribed, avoiding asthma triggers like exposure to allergens, poor air quality, or tobacco smoke, and watching for any changes in symptoms.  
--> Know Your LAMAs LAMAs are a type of long-acting bronchodilator (medicine) that may be used with inhaled corticosteroids in patients who cannot take long-acting beta-agonists. Click here to learn more. --> This video helps you take your medicine safely, avoid triggers and treat other conditions.  --> Are Your Air Aware?
  World Asthma Day is Tuesday, May 3, and this year advocates are raising awareness about gaps in care. If you or a loved one is living with asthma make life a little easier by signing up for Asthma Air Aware Day Alerts. --> Vulnerable communities and controlling asthma A study of Black and Hispanic/Latino adult patients with uncontrolled asthma showed promising results. Results showed adding an inhaled glucocorticoid and one-time instruction on its use added to usual care, led to a lower rate of severe asthma exacerbations
 Full study. --> New webinar on asthma care Quality care is vital for those with asthma and live in underserved areas with distinct barriers to care. Learn the ways to reduce barriers and provide the best asthma care for each and every person. Register now! --> Community Health Worker Training  The National Community Health Worker (CHW)Training Center will be delivering a series on Tobacco Cessation from May 16 to May 21, 2022. The series is DSHS-certified and will include four hours of continuing education units. These trainings will be conducted via Zoom and are FREE of cost! Register here.  --> --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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