Hawaii Asthma Control Program
The Asthma Control Program (ACP) is a cooperative grant between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several states and provinces. Hawaii has been funded since 2002 under the CDC cooperative agreement and focuses on three content areas: surveillance, partnerships, and interventions.
Develop, manage, track, and analyze a uniform set of asthma health status indicators that are derived from a variety of sources (e.g. hospitals, insurers, DOH) and accommodate state and local asthma related data needs through the expansion of the existing Comprehensive State Asthma Surveillance System.
Engage community partners to increase community readiness to identify gaps in the delivery of asthma-related programs and services in order to improve Hawaii’s existing asthma system of care. Work-groups and task-forces have been established statewide to effectively mobilize and carry out the strategies laid out in the Hawaii Asthma Plan.
The Hawaii State Asthma Control Program (HSACP) work-groups have developed specific evidence-based activities that are aligned to the Hawaii Asthma Plan in order to meet the needs of Hawaii communities throughout the state. This process has built leadership capacity statewide by encouraging organizations to identify areas of strength, roles and responsibilities, and contribution to Hawaii’s asthma health system. The HSACP, in collaboration with a wide array of partners and stakeholders, has:
- Expanded quality asthma management initiatives for children in rural areas through community health centers;
- Promoted awareness and action around air quality and asthma in vog affected areas;
- Improved asthma management practices in emergency departments and physician’s offices and schools;
- Gained extensive media coverage throughout the year promoting asthma awareness, highlighting key triggers for asthma and providing useful tips on how to minimize exposure; and
- Reduced exposure to asthma triggers such as cockroaches and tobacco smoke among residents in public housing and increasing awareness of the link between cockroaches and asthma.
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