EPA Honors MDCH Asthma Program with Prestigious Leadership Award
The National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management recognizes asthma management programs that are using innovative approaches to improve patient health and quality of life. Award winners are recognized for demonstrating that comprehensive asthma care with a strong environmental component can dramatically improve health outcomes for people with asthma.
The Michigan Department of Community Health Asthma Prevention and Control Program is one of only four programs to receive this prestigious award for 2012. Ten percent of Michigan adults and children currently have asthma, resulting in 15,000 hospitalizations each year. However, from 2000 to 2009 the hospitalization rates for children dropped by 28 percent. The MDCH Asthma Prevention and Control Program with its partners has worked towards this reduction through an integrated approach including promoting national guideline based care, improving asthma management in schools, assisting in the replication of an in-home case management program for those most at risk, and reducing exposure to environmental factors that make asthma worse.
Learn more about Michigan’s National Environmental Leadership Award winners
- 2012 – Michigan Dept. of Community Health Asthma Prevention and Control Program
- 2009 – Genesee County Asthma Network
- University of Michigan Health System Asthma Quality Improvement Steering Committee
- Asthma Network of West Michigan
- 2007 – Priority Health