In Michigan, about 10% of the population has asthma, but only 50% of adults with asthma report that their condition is well controlled. Asthma symptoms can be prevented and controlled, allowing an active, healthy life, and reducing unnecessary visits to emergency departments. National asthma guidelines and local programs can help clinicians provide care that leads to better asthma self-management. Visit GetAsthmaHelp.org for comprehensive, Michigan-focused, clinical, school, work, environment and patient level asthma information, and more.
Use Asthma Guidelines Implementation Steps & Tools (GIST) to integrate the national asthma guidelines into your practice’s everyday care of patients with asthma.
Refer newly diagnosed patients or those with hard-to-control asthma to Managing Asthma Through Case Management in Homes (MATCH), a home-based intensive asthma case management program. For adults and children, in Genesee, Ingham, Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa and Wayne counties. Some health plan coverage.
Use the Michigan Asthma Resource Kit (MARK) patient handouts to help explain everything from inhalers to insurance; warning signs to work-related asthma.
For more information, Contact Tisa Vorce, MDHHS Asthma Program, 517-335-9463.