Winning with Asthma

The Coach’s Asthma Clipboard Program – A 25-minute video program for coaches, referees, and PE teachers. Click Here.


2014/2015 Flu Season is Upon Us!

PAP has worked with the Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition (PAIC) to develop a flyer which can be easily distributed to asthmatics throughout the state. Remember to encourage all patients, especially asthmatics, to receive this vital preventative medication.

Organized by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), in collaboration with the European Lung Foundation (ELF), World Spirometry Day 2012 will adopt an Olympic theme to capitalize on the Olympics and the natural connection between sports and healthy lungs. Olympic-themed Spirometry events will be held around the world.

We know that careful monitoring leads to better control of asthma and allows people to more fully participate in exercise activities and even become Olympic athletes. Promoting spirometry on World Spirometry Day, and throughout the Olympic season, can help make a difference in the lives of many of them by getting them on the path of managing their disease and enjoying a fuller, more active life.

What is Spirometry?

Spirometry is a basic pulmonary function test that measures your lungs’ capacity to move air in and out of your lungs. To perform the test a spirometer is used.


For Providers:

To download a Spirometry Review click here.

To download a Spirometry “cheat sheet” click here.


American Lung Association’s 2012 State of the Air Report Released

To see Pennsylvania’s ratings or for additional information please visit: www.stateoftheair.org


Pennsylvania Medicaid Preferred Drug List

The Pennsylvania Medicaid Preferred Drug List (PDL) is available here, make sure to click on the Pennsylvania PDL PDF. Please note, each Managed Care Organization (MCO) has its own formulary. If the recipient is in Managed Care they will have to check with their respective MCO if they have questions about coverage. This document replaces the previous, outdated PA Medicaid Asthma Formularies document that was found on our website.


PAP Workgroup Evaluation Final Report Now Available!

Following the November 7, 2011 Full Partnership Meeting, an evaluation was distributed to all PAP members. The final report of the evaluation is available to download.


American Lung Association’s New Report: The Burden of Asthma on Hispanics

The American Lung Association has released a new report, Luchando por el Aire: The Burden of Asthma on Hispanics, which provides an overview of the complex biological, environmental, political and cultural factors that increase asthma’s burden on the Hispanic population in Pennsylvania and across the country. Please click here to access the report.



The 2011 Pennsylvania Asthma Fact Sheet Developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health is Now Available! The document focuses on school students specifically. Please click here to download [PDF]

With the recent flooding and anticipated mold problems, visit these sites for helpful information.

American Lung Association’s webpage which includes a link for disaster assistance: http://www.lungusa.org/healthy-air/home/resources/emergencies-disasters/hurricane-and-flooding.html

From DOH (Health Topics A-Z/Mold) webpage: http://www.cdc.gov/mold/

US Dept of Education/Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools, Hurricanes, Floods, and Molds: http://rems.ed.gov/index.php?page=resources_Additional&;section=1l

National Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities: Flooding and Schools, 4 pp brochure: http://www.ncef.org/pubs/flooding.pdf

US EPA Flood Clean Up: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/flood/


PAP Full Partnership Evaluation Final Report Available!

At the spring 2011 Full Partnership Meeting, an evaluation of PAP was conducted. The final report is available to download. [PDF]


PAP Spring Full Partnership Meeting

On April 4, 2011 the Pennsylvania Asthma Partnership held a successful Full Partnership Meeting. Many participants were able to network and make personal connections by meeting in Harrisburg; while others joined the group by webinar. Below are the presentations from all of our presenters. Thank you all for participating and being so willing to share with one-another. Our next Full Partnership Meeting will be held this Fall. Please check back for the exact date!

Meeting Minutes [PDF]

Agenda [PDF] Welcome [PDF] Surveillance [PDF] Surveillance Q&A Session [PDF] Educating Your Legislator [PDF] [PDF2] Tobacco and Asthma Working Together [PDF] 2011 Strategic Plan Discussion [PDF] PA Medical Home Program [PDF] [PDF2] Healthy Homes Environment Program [PDF] Evaluation [PDF]

Some follow-up information was requested:

From the HHEP presentation. Please remember these are working documents which are edited as needed by the program. [Pre-Test] [Post-Test] [In-Home Assessment]


Medication Assistance Section Update

A new section has been added to the medication assistance area on how to donate used medical equipment.


Upcoming Asthma-Related Dates

Periodic NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Trainings will be taking place across the area. For more information on these visit: http://www.mctownsend.com/


New Guidance Documents on Spirometry

Two new guidance documents on spirometry produced by OSHA and CDC/NIOSH are now posted to the CDC/NIOSH website:

OSHA-NIOSH Worker Information: Protect Yourself – Spirometry Breathing Test (information sheet directed towards workers)

OSHA-NIOSH Info Sheet: Maximize Your Spirometry Screening and Surveillance Resources (directed toward employers and includes a checklist for employers)


Health Disparities Free Online Training

The collection of Health Disparities courses has been developed to assist the public health workforce in locating distance-accessible training programs. The trainings included in this collection are a subset of trainings developed by the National Network of Public Health Training Centers. All available trainings can be found on the Network’s online training database at www.asph.org/phtc/search.cfm. The programs in the Health Disparities collection address how marginalized populations disproportionately experience negative health outcomes and have difficulites accessing care. Public health professionals will learn tools to address the unequal health outcomes.

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