Asthma Coalition of Greater Lowell

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The Greater Lowell Health Alliance has established respiratory diseases,  specifically asthma, as a health priority for the Greater Lowell Area.

Addressing the Need

Here are just a few of the alarming statistics, according to the Asthma Prevention and Control Program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Asthma Interferes with Daily Life Economic Cost of Asthma

  • Nationally, total cost was $19.7 billion in 2007
  • In Massachusetts, total charges for acute care hospital utilization for asthma were over $136 million in 2006
  • Public insurance was primary source of payment for 53.0% of visits

Prevalence of Current Asthma among MA Adults, 2005-2007

Prevalence is higher among:

  • Females vs. males (12.1% vs. 7.4%)
  • Individuals with lower vs. higher household incomes (11.0% vs. 8.3%)
  • Current smokers vs. never smokers (12.9% vs. 8.9%)
  • Individuals with disability vs. no disability (18.7% vs. 7.3%)

Work-related Asthma among Massachusetts Adults

Among MA adults with current asthma:

  • 40.2% reported that their asthma was either caused or made worse by exposures at any job they had ever had (13.9% current job)
  • 10.0% reported discussing relation to work with health care provider
  • 5.1% reported changing or quitting jobs because of their work-related asthma

Measures of Impairment among Massachusetts Children with Current Asthma

  • 3% of MA children have current asthma
  • Among MA children with current asthma
  • 9% had activity limitations due to asthma, past year
  • 2% had an asthma attack or episode, past year
  • 5% experienced symptoms of asthma at least once, past 30 days
  • 9% had sleep disruption due to asthma, past 30 days
  • 6% used an inhaled short-acting beta agonist 1 or more times per day

Our Impact

The GLHA partners with the Asthma Coalition of Great Lowell to help address the unmet needs in this area. The Asthma Coalition of Greater Lowell has established five major goals:

  1. Improve communications among providers, school nurses, and patients
  2. Develop unified asthma education and messaging, identifying best curriculum and changes in practice
  3. Seek grant funding for asthma programming
  4. Develop daycare/ staff training on asthma triggers and solutions in indoor environments
  5. Get schools involved in the fight against asthma.


Asthma Coalition Of Greater Lowell Mission Statement:
The Asthma Coalition of Greater Lowell envisions healthy communities for all where asthma is reduced and well managed.

Asthma Coalition of Greater Lowell Vision Statement:
The Asthma Coalition of Greater Lowell seeks to reduce the burden of asthma in Greater Lowell communities by;

  • focusing on minimizing the disproportionate impact of asthma in racial/ethnic and low-income populations
  • promoting asthma awareness and disease prevention
  • expanding and improving the quality of asthma education, management, and services
  • mobilizing existing capacities and partnerships between all community stakeholders to share resources, achieve a unified message, and advocate for system and policy changes

Download and view an important presentation by the National Healthy Homes Training Center on Asthma in the Home and Workplace: Risk Factors, Triggers and Prevention.

Asthma in the Home and Workplace: Risk Factors, Triggers and Prevention

Check out the Resources Below for Tips, Cleaning Product Recipes, School Information & More:

Managing Asthma in the School Environment
Caring for Kids with Asthma: A Guide for Massachusetts Child Care Programs
Asthma and Schools
TURI Disinfection Fact Sheet
Healthy Home and Cleaning Tip Sheet
Twelve Home Cleaning Recipes
Options To Get Rid of Mold

Check out the Asthma Coalition of Greater Lowell Newsletters With Healthy Tips!

Spring 2017

Winter 2016/2017

Spring 2016

Fall/Winter 2015

Social Media Links:
Facebook
Twitter

Email the Asthma Coalition of Greater Lowell: Lowell.asthmacoalition@gmail.com

Check out the Resources section below for tips, cleaning product recipes, downloading freely-available promotion materials, info on MA Health Promotion etc. & more:

Links to Resources & References:
Free Promotion Materials: Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearing House

Caring for Kids with Asthma: A Guide for Massachusetts Child Care Programs

Massachusetts Adult Asthma Action Plan

Managing Asthma in the School Environment (EPA)

National Healthy Homes Training Center 

National Center For Healthy Housing 

Healthy Homes Principles:
Eight Tips For Keeping a Healthy Home

Making Homes Safer for Families

Seven Principles of a Healthy Home

Links to other Asthma Coalitions or Organizations:
Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition (Springfield, MA) 
Regional Asthma Management & Prevention (Oakland, California) 

Safer Cleaning Recipes from TURI:
Five Ways to Find Safer Cleaners 
Six Home Cleaning Recipes

Asthma Coalition of Greater Lowell meets six times a year. Please check out the 2017 schedule!

Month/Date Time
March 27, 2017 (Changed from Feb 28) 9:30am-11:00am
April 25, 2017 9:30am-11:00am
June 27, 2017 9:30am-11:00am
August 29, 2017 9:30am-11:00am
October 24, 2017 9:30am-11:00am
December 19, 2017 9:30am-11:00am

For more information contact: David Turcotte 
Meeting Venue/Address: Lowell Community Health Center, Metta Health Clinic, 135 Jackson St, Lowell, MA, 01852.