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  AH! (Asthma Health)
Quality Network Newsletter

March, 2008

Table of Contents

Program Update    
Asthma News    
Clinical Update  
Asthma Tools and Resources

 


Program Update

Asthma Clinical Advisory Group

The Asthma Clinical Advisory Group (ACAG) will hold a spring meeting on Friday March 28th from 7:30 to 9:30 am in the MaineHealth Boardroom on the 6th floor.  We’ll be discussing the changes to the asthma clinical guidelines and new tools that are available.  If you would like to join this workgroup, please contact Donna Levi, AH! Program Manager 661-7566 or levid@mmc.org

AH! Asthma Health in national Asthma Education newsletter

Multicultural Approaches to Community Asthma Management in Maine is the title of an article that appears in Talking About Asthma, the Association of Asthma Educators’ winter newsletter issue.  The article describes the work that MaineHealth has done in the Latino and Somali communities in collaboration with the City of Portland’s Minority Health Program and highlights the new book,  You Can Control Your Asthma.Return to Top

 


Asthma News

EPA Conference

Mark your calendar’s for the upcoming EPA conference:
Communities in Action for Asthma-Friendly Environments National Forum

May 1 - 2, 2008 in Washington, D.C.

Visit  www.epaasthmaforum.com  to register and view the complete agenda.  As an asthma champion, share your vision and passion with other asthma programs. Help mobilize 1,000 Communities in Action for Asthma-Friendly Environments. To learn more, visit EPA’s Communities in Action for Asthma-Friendly Environments Online Network at: www.asthmacommunitynetwork.org.

Asthma Regional Council of New England conference
Getting the Bugs Out:  Pest Control Strategies for Affordable Housing

A FREE two-day conference to discuss safer pest control strategies in multi-family affordable housing.    April 16-17, 2008   10am – 3pm  University of Massachusetts, Boston

To register go to:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=GORIUq_2fwhY3jOsB1E2tE2g_3d_3d    

Sponsors: Boston Public Health Commission, Asthma Regional Council of New England, and Boston Housing Authority

For program details and agenda:   http://www.asthmaregionalcouncil.org/ipmconference.html

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Clinical Update

New Guidelines Issued for Management of Asthma During Pregnancy 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has issued a practice bulletin for management of asthma during pregnancy. The new recommendations appear in the February issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

For a summary of the guidelines click on:  http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/569862

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Asthma Tools and Resources

NHLBI Clinical Guidelines

NHLBI published over 450 pages of the asthma clinical guidelines in September and has recently made available a Summary Report 2007   which is 70 pages. The AH! Program is updating the asthma clinical guidelines to reflect the changes in the NHLBI guidelines using a simple format to help you to care for your patients with asthma.  We hope to make these available by late spring.   Click here  to see the latest issue of the AH! Asthma Annals which summarizes the new guidelines in less than 33 words!

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