Over the past several decades, the prevalence of asthma has been increasing both nationwide and in Montana. As of 2008, an estimated 70,600 adults and 17,100 children in Montana currently have asthma.
In part as a response to this increase in asthma, the Montana State Legislature provided funding to create the Montana Asthma Control Program in 2007. Shortly thereafter, the Montana Asthma Control Program was created within the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The Montana Asthma Control Program additionally receives funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What We Do
The Asthma Control Program at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human services is committed to improving the quality of life for all Montanans with asthma.
The Montana Asthma Control Program supports:
- Surveillance of asthma and related risk factors in Montana
- Partnerships to increase the reach and efficacy of asthma control efforts statewide
- Quality improvement measures that increase the level of asthma related health care in the state
- School and workplace interventions that create asthma friendly spaces and support the unique needs of persons with asthma
- Environmental interventions that reduce asthma triggers such as tobacco smoke, mold and pests
- Self management education that empowers patients to take control of their disease
- Policy development related to asthma in Montana
For more complete information about all of the activities that the Montana Asthma Control Program is involved in, visit our program on the website of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services by clicking here.