DPH: Asthma Program

Asthma Program

  Mission Statement
The mission of the program is to reduce asthma associated morbidity and mortality and improve the quality of life for Connecticut residents living with asthma.

Asthma in Connecticut

Asthma is a chronic disease of the respiratory system that is characterized by reversible obstruction of the airways and airway hyper-responsiveness to a variety of stimuli. In Connecticut, it has been found that the following population subgroups are disproportionately affected by asthma: children, females, Hispanics, non-Hispanic Blacks, and residents of the state's five largest cities.



  • The prevalence of CT adults reporting current asthma increased from 7.8% in 2000 to 9.2% in 2010.
  • Asthma is the single most avoidable cause of hospitalization, yet it is consistently one of the most common admitting diagnoses in pediatrics.
  • In 2009, Connecticut spent over $112 million for acute care due to asthma as a primary diagnosis.
  • Also in 2009, $80.3 million spent on hospitalization charges and $32.6 million on emergency department (ED) visit charges. 

Information about Connecticut's Five Largest Cities:

Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, and Waterbury

  • Residents account for 41% ($46 million) of the $112 million cost of asthma acute care costs in 2009. 
  • Of the $112 million, $78 million (69%) were paid for by public funds (Medicaid or Medicare).  In Connecticut’s five largest cities, 79% ($36 million) of asthma hospitalizations and ED visits were paid by public funds. 
  • In contrast, public funds paid for 63% ($42 million) of asthma hospitalizations and ED visits of residents from the rest of the state. 

What You Need To Know
What is Asthma?-Learn about the basics of asthma such as signs/symptoms, common triggers, and much more
Asthma Action Plans-Learn the importance of having an asthma action plan as well as find a printable Asthma Action Plan (AAP)
Educational Materials-Find materials and resources to educate those with asthma, parents, or caregivers

Kids' Corner-Find links to kid friendly websites where children can learn all about asthma through fact sheets, games, videos, and activities

Healthcare Resources-Learn how you can get insurance and which companies offer patient assistance programs to get medication

Regional Activities-Learn about state-funded activities: Putting on AIRS, Easy Breathing, & CCEJ

Healthy Homes-Learn about the Healthy Homes Initiative, Putting on AIRS, and other resources to learn how you can maintain a clean and healthy home

Environment-Learn how environmental factors affect your health as well as organizations that work to protect the environment

Day Care-Learn how to manage asthma in child care facilities, preschool educational program, and other resources

Schools-Learn about programs and initiatives for schools, resources to managing asthma in school-aged children, asthma reporting forms, and links to additional resources

Coaches' Corner-Find out about tips on how to manage exercise-induced asthma as well as other resources for coaches

Statewide Asthma Partnership-Learn about the partnership and find links to resources about policies and advocacy organizations as well as read the statewide asthma plan

Asthma Surveillance-Read the burden report, school-based asthma reports, data briefs, fact sheets, and find links to EPA map tracker and more

Publications-Read published journal articles

National Asthma Educator Certification Board-Find an asthma educator or learn how you can become a certified asthma educator


Asthma Educator Institute-Those who qualify to take the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) examination, learn more about the American Lung Association's (ALA) 2-day prep course for the exam

 The Asthma Program can be reached at: 860-509-8251

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