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Asthma

In Michigan, about 10 percent of the population has asthma, but only 50 percent 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.

The Asthma Initiative of Michigan's Asthma Guidelines Implementation Steps & Tools (GIST) can help you integrate national asthma guidelines into your practice's everyday care of patients with asthma.

E-Asthma Action Plans: These easy-to-use fillable PDF plans can be customized to your clinic and added to EHRs, in 0-4 years old, Student (5-18), and Adult versions

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, Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. Some health plan coverage.

The Michigan Asthma Resource Kit (MARK) patient handouts can help explain everything from inhalers to insurance and from warning signs to work-related asthma.

For more information, contact Tisa Vorce of the MDHHS Asthma Program at 517-335-9463.