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Asthma Quality Network Newsletter

March 2010

Table of Contents

  • Program Update 
  • Asthma News
  • Clinical Update
  • Asthma Tools and Resources


Program Update

2009 MaineHealth Asthma and COPD Annual Report
Click here for the PowerPoint which includes FY09 program highlights, outcomes, achievements, innovations and next steps.

Asthma Education Available at Mid Coast
Joanna Fernald, RN, AE-C, with CHANS Home Healthcare at Mid Coast Hospital is a certified Asthma Educator. Joanna is available to provide asthma education to patients referred by their provider. Click here for the asthma education
fax referral form which includes Joanna's contact information.

Asthma:  Caring for Yourself or a Family Member
The long-awaited asthma patient education guide is expected to be available in the summer of 2010. Watch for the June AQN newsletter for more details.

Asthma News

Upcoming Conferences:

Asthma Educator Institute
This annual two-day training provides attendees with the knowledge and skills to provide asthma education and to sit for the national certification exam. Don't miss it!

  • April 29th and April 30th, 2010
  • Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield Maine
  • Click here for more information 

Topics include:

  • Asthma overview
  • Factors contributing to asthma exacerbations
  • Edcuation pricipals for a partnership in asthma care
  • Patient and family assessment
  • Case studies using spirometry
  • Tobacco treatment in Maine
  • Asthma medicine devices and demonstration
  • Asthma management: Pharmacological therapy
  • Barriers to asthma self-management
  • Barriers to adherence and compliance
  • Asthma action plan: Management plan development
  • Your role as an asthma educator
  • Exam preparation

Health, Culture and Literacy:  Solutions for Clear Health Communication
A one-day skill building conference for healthcare providers and staff. Sponsored by MaineHealth and the University of New England.

  • Friday, April 30th, 2010
  • 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Maple Hill Farm, Hallowell, Maine
  • Click here for more information or contact the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center at 1-866-609-5183

Motivational Interviewing (MI) for Clinicians to Promote Healthy Behavior/Weight
Workshop to focus on tools and hands-on activities for brief patient-centered communications that result in a teaching framework for working with the "whole person/family". Workshop presented by Let's Go Healthcare.

  • June 7th, 2010, Portland
  • June 8th, 2010, Augusta
  • June 9th, 2010, Bangor
  • Click here for more information

Smoke Free Housing Coalition of Maine Webinar Series 2010
Join the Smoke Free Housing Coalition of Maine for a six part series on smoke free policy adoption in multi unit residential housing. The series includes the foundations of smoke free policy adoption, financial and health benefits of going smoke free, legality and further justification of policy implementation, to drafting policy language and enforcing an existing policy.  

All presentations are held on Thursdays from 2:30 3:30pm by GoTo Meetings. Participation is free. Contact Amy Olfene for more information.

Upcomong Dates and Topics:

  • Thursday, April 8, 2010
    It's about the Smoke, not the Smoker: Dispelling Myths about Smoke Free Housing
  • Thursday, April 22, 2010
    Language and Provisions: Guide to Drafting a Smoke Free Policy in
    Multi Unit Housing
  • Thursday, May 6, 2010
    Ensuring Compliance: A Guide to Enforcement of a Smoke Free Policy and Reporting Violations
  • Thursday, May 20, 2010
    100% Smoke Free  and Cost Free: Utilizing the Smoke Free for ME website and Free Materials available to Support Your Smoke Free Policy
  • Thursday, June 3, 2010
    Advocating for Smoke Free Policies: A Guide for Community Organizers and Public Health Professionals


Clinical Update


FDA Mandates New Safety Controls for Long-Actiong Beta Agonists
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces that manufacturers of long-acting beta agonists (LABAs) must now state on product labels that asthma patients must not take LABAs on a long-term basis unless their condition cannot be adequately controlled with other medications such as inhaled corticosteroids. Click here for more information.

Associations Between Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Sleep Patterns in Children
Kimberly Yolton, Yingying Xu, Jane Khoury, Paul Succop, Bruce Lanphear, Dean W. Beebe and Judith Owens. Pediatrics published online Jan 18, 2010; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2009-0690
OBJECTIVE:  To investigate the relationship between exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) and child sleep patterns among a group of children with asthma who were exposed regularly to tobacco smoke at home. Click here to read this article.

The impact of uncontrolled asthma on absenteeism and health related quality of life.
J Asthma. 2009 Nov;46(9):861 6.  Dean BB, Calimlim BM, Kindermann SL, Khandker RK, Tinkelman D
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of uncontrolled asthma on the absenteeism and health related quality of life (HRQOL) of adults and children with asthma and the caregivers of pediatric patients. Click here to read this article.

Asthma Tools and Resources              

New Tools:

Healthy Homes Checklist
The Maine Asthma Council Homes Workgroup with support from the Maine CDC Asthma Program has created a brochure to help people with asthma and their families take steps to reduce asthma triggers in their homes.  The brochure has a question and answer format and includes make-at-home cleaning recipes. This brochure is available to order on the
J.S. McCarthy website or by emailing Angela Mowatt.

You Can Control Your Asthma Book
Now available in an 8.5x11 version perfect for exam rooms, visiting nurses and asthma educators. Visit J.S. McCarthy to order copies or
email Angela Mowatt.

COPD Fact Sheet
This fact sheet developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute provides a brief overview of COPD statistics and highlights 4 reasons for patients to learn more about COPD. Visit J.S. McCarthy or
email Angela Mowatt to order copies of this tool.

MaineHealth Electronic Adult Asthma & COPD Toolkit for Physician Practices
Click here for a package of MaineHealth adult asthma and COPD tools. Accessible via the MaineHealth AH! and COPD clinical tools webpages.

MaineHealth website shortcuts
Click here for a list of the MaineHealth website shortcuts for easier access to tools and resources for the AH! and COPD Programs.

Smoke Free Homes  is for pediatric clinicians to support making children's homes smoke free. This site includes resources, information, ideas and opportunities for collaboration in the battle against secondhand tobacco smoke exposure of children.


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