Asthma can be controlled. There are safe medications available and simple steps people can take to reduce their exposure to environmental asthma triggers.
Asthma is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases among Alaska's adults and children. Yet, its heavy burden on the economy of Alaska in terms of absenteeism, unnecessary emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths is largely preventable.
Based on its work over the past two and a half years, the broad-based Alaska Asthma Coalition has determined that this impact can be significantly reduced with a modest annual investment of $500,000 for an Asthma Control Program within the Alaska Division of Public Health.