About the Montana Asthma Control Program
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
In August 2010, the Montana Asthma Advisory Group and the Montana Asthma Control Program released the Strategic Evaluation Plan. The Strategic Evaluation Plan is a document designed to assess the direction, feasibility, and significance of the projected projects and their associated objectives to be completed over the next five years. The Strategic Evaluation Plan is considered to be a living document, and will be updated on an annual basis.
In January 2009, the Montana Asthma Advisory Group and the Montana Asthma Control Program released the Montana State Asthma Plan. The Montana State Asthma Plan outlines a public health approach to addressing asthma in Montana over the next three to five years. The plan acknowledges that asthma is a complex public health problem that must be addressed within a multidimensional framework. The plan includes goals, objectives and strategies to address asthma through:
To access state and national data on asthma follow these links:
For more information on Montana asthma data, please contact Jessie Fernandes.
The Montana Asthma Control Program now has a website specifically dedicated to addressing asthma issues in school and childcare settings: http://asthmamontana.com
The Montana Asthma Control Program has created a resource guide for schools in Montana seeking to create asthma friendly environments. This guide, now in its second edition, is called Creating Asthma Friendly Schools in Montana. In addition, you can also view the accompanying Creating Asthma Friendly Schools PowerPoint presentation. The recommendations in both the guide and presentation for ensuring that students with asthma can participate in school activities are in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. If you are interested in having a presentation at your school about creating an asthma friendly environment, please contact Jeanne Cannon.
A Montana state law, MCA 20-5-420, allows students in Montana who have a Medication Authorization form on file with the school to carry and self-administer their rescue asthma medication. The law also allows for back up medication to be kept at the school. Schools cannot deny students the right to carry their asthma medication if this form is completed and on-file at the school. Follow this link to the Asthma and Severe Allergy Medication Authorization form.
Click here for the most updated version of the Montana Asthma Action Plan for kids.
School Nurse Mini-Grants
The Montana Asthma Control Program provides $500 mini-grants to school nurses to carry out evidence-based, asthma-related activities. To learn more, click here.
Athletes with Asthma and Wildfires
Athletes with asthma competing in Montana may have exacerbations of their asthma during wildfire season. The Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Department of Environmental Quality and the Office of Public Instruction have approved recommendations for when to cancel outdoor sporting events due to wildfire smoke. School administrators, coaches and other staff can use this information to make informed decisions during wildfire season. For more information on air quality in Montana, visit the Today's Air web page run by the Department of Environmental Quality, and the University of Montana's pollen and spore count page.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) has a national asthma friendly schools Initiative. To learn more, visit their Creating Asthma Friendly Schools website.
Based on both the CDC's Community Guide effective program recommendations and on the EPR-3 asthma management guidelines, the Montana Asthma Project (MAP) is a home-based, multi-component program which targets children and their families, and which includes both environmental and educational aspects. The first MAP pilot sites signed onto contracts in March, 2011. Since receiving training and program materials in the spring, the the site staff have been recruiting enrollees to participate in the 12-month program.
In order to be eligible for the program, children aged 0 to 17 years of age with a diagnosis of asthma must:
Currently, MAP services are available through the Missoula City-County Health Department, the Lewis & Clark City-County Health Department in Helena, and the Bullhook Community Health Center in Havre. Check out the MAP curriculum that they're using. You can learn more about the program by reading articles that were published in the Helena Independent Record and Havre Daily News, by listening to a story on Montana Public Radio, or by contacting Jeanne Cannon.
The Montana Asthma Control Program supports healthcare providers in Montana who seek the national certified asthma educator credential (AE-C). The program provides support for studying for the AE-C exam through:
Want to share some asthma-friendly cleaning tips with your clients and patients? Take a look at this great resource for inexpensive, asthma-friendly ways to dust, clean windows, control pests, and more.
The Montana Asthma Control Program is committed to helping healthcare providers in the state improve their clinical outcomes. To this end, we provide:
- Free, asthma-related patient education materials geared toward adults and children for Montana healthcare providers.
Our program has a free clinical registry, the Asthma Care Monitoring System (ACMS), for clinics in the state to track their asthma patient populations.
If you have any questions related to improving clinical outcomes in your patient population, please contact Jeanne Cannon, RHIA, CPhT, CWPM.
The Montana Asthma Advisory Group is a diverse team of stakeholders representing more than 25 agencies from across the state who meet regularly to provide guidance and advice on asthma control efforts statewide. Below are links to presentations and handouts from previous workgroup meetings.
May 10, 2013: Asthma and the Environment
- Public Health Impacts of Coal-Robert Merchant, MD, FCCP
- Outdoor Asthma Triggers in Montana-Michael Zacharisen, MD
- New Funding Announcement- Jeanne Cannon, Program Manager
- Discussion Questions about MAP Participant Recruitment-Jeanne Cannon, Program Manager
November 7th, 2012: MetNet meeting
- Big Sky Pulmonary Conference Save the Date
- Breathing Easier in Montana (advocacy factsheet)
- Asthma Advocacy Factsheet
- Update on CHEST Asthma Coalition Meeting in Atlanta, GA- Dewey Hahlbohm
- Surveillance and Partnership Evaluation Findings - Jessie Frazier
August 24th, 2012: Topic- Healthy Homes in Montana Location- Helena, Montana
- Montana Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Fact Sheet
- Overview of MT Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program - Jeanne Cannon, Program Manager
- Provider Practices to Identify Childhood Lead Poisoning-Survey Results - Jessie Frazier, MTHHLPP Epidemiologist
- Local Lead Poisoning Prevention efforts - Anaconda Deerlodge - Hill County
- Results of the Montana Asthma Home Visiting Program - Year 1 - Katie Loveland, Asthma Control Program Manager
- Lead Poisoning Prevention Protocols and Handouts
April 27th, 2012: Missoula, Montana
- Welcome and Partnership Evaluation Introduction - Katie Loveland
- Wood Stoves and Clean Burn Practices - Curtis Noonan, PhD, University of Montana
- Health effects of weather inversions - Jake Morgan, Montana State University
- Coordinating statewide chronic disease efforts in Montana - Katie Loveland
December 7th , 2011: via MetNet
- Overview of the Montana Healthy Homes and Lead Prevention Program - Jeanne Cannon, RHIA, CPhT, CWPM, Program Manager, Montana Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
- Healthy Homes Issues in Your Community - Mike Vogel, PhD, MSU Extension
- MTUPP Multi-unit Smokefree Housing Project - Elizabeth Andrew, Project Consultant, Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program
August 26, 2011: Helena, Montana
- Montana Asthma Advisory Group Meeting - Katie Loveland, MPH, MSW
- Update on the Montana Asthma Project - Katie Church, RN, MSN, MPH; Brandi Baker, RN; Michelle Much, RN, BSN; and Josy Jahnke, RN, BSN
- Environmental Asthma Triggers Consensus Paper - Matthew Herington, JD, MPH
- Asthma and Smoking Campaign Evaluation - Jessie Frazier, MPH
- Spirometry in the Primary Care Setting - Dewey Hahlbohm, PA-C, AE-C
April 15, 2011: Bozeman, Montana
- Montana Asthma Advisory Group Meeting- Katie Loveland, MPH, MSW
- Preliminary Analysis Of Statewide Asthma Emergency Department Data- Cody Custis, MS
- Montana Asthma Data Factsheet
- Diesel Clean-up Campaign- Lilly Tuholske
November 17, 2010- MetNet Meeting: Environmental Asthma Triggers
- Montana Asthma home visiting Project (MAP)- Matthew R. Herington, JD, MPH, CHES, CPH, AE-C
- Medical/Legal Collaborations and Asthma- Deborah Anspach, JD
- Data on Montana Environmental Asthma Triggers- Jessie Frazier, MPH, CPH
- Asthma Triggers Consensus Paper Overview- Matthew R. Herington, JD, MPH, CHES, CPH, AE-C
August 20, 2010 meeting in Missoula: Evaluation and Asthma Education
- Successes from Year 1 of the CDC Cooperative Agreement and Plans for Year 2- Katie Loveland, MPH, MSW
- Strategic evaluation plan overview- Jessie Frazier, MPH
- Overview of asthma education reimbursement- Jeanne Cannon, RHIA, CPhT, CWPM
- Brainstorming session: Planning our strategy to secure reimbursement for asthma education
March 19th, 2010 meeting in Helena: Uncontrolled Asthma and Asthma Disparities
- Epidemiology and the health effects of uncontrolled asthma- Jessie Frazier, MPH
- Asthma related ED visits: A closer look at the data, what we are doing well, where we can improve- Laurie Barten, PharmD
- The Xolair (Omalizumab) for subcutaneous experience- Dewey Hahlbohm, PA-C, AE-C
- New Initiatives: The Montana Asthma Control Program
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
- American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
- American Lung Association- Asthma
- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
- MedlinePlus- Asthma (an interactive tutorial)
- National Institutes of Health- Asthma
- United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Asthma
- United States Environmental Protection Agency- Asthma
- Winning With Asthma (a resource for coaches)
- World Health Organization- Asthma
Disclaimer: The above links to external websites are provided in the hope that users will find helpful material on asthma-related subjects. Because the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services cannot control those sites, we cannot be held responsible for content included in them. Moreover, in no way should an external link be considered any form of endorsement by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
February 28, 2013: Pediatric Asthma (Not Just Little Adults). -Michael Zacharisen, MD, Clinical Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine. View a recording of the webinar here. Slides for the presentation are available here. Respiratory therapitsts are eligible to receive CE credit after viewing the recorded webinar. For more information, contact Jeanne Cannon .
- August 23rd, 2012: United Airway: The Clinical Significance of Upper and Lower Airway Linkage. -Dewey Hahlbohm, PA-C, AE-C, Medical Consultant for the Montana Asthma Control Program. View a recording of the webinar here. Or download a copy of the slide presentation here. Respiratory therapitsts are eligible to receive CE credit after viewing the recorded webinar. For more information, contact Jeanne Cannon .
- January 26th, 2012: Difficult asthma over the age of 12 (Part 1 / Part 2) - Dewey Hahlbohm, PA-C, AE-C, Medical Consultant for the Montana Asthma Control Program. (The slides for this presentation are also available here.) Respiratory therapists are eligible to receive CE credit after viewing this webinar. For more information, contact Jeanne Cannon .
- August 25, 2011: Environmental Control of Asthma, Part 2 of 2: Advanced Techniques for the Whole Home - Maureen George, PhD, RN, AE-C with Brian Scott Oliver (The slides for this presentation are also available here.) *Respiratory therapists are eligible to receive CE credit for this webinar. For more information, contact Jeanne Cannon.
- January 27, 2011: Environmental Control of Asthma, Part 1 of 2: Getting Your Patients Started - Maureen George, PhD, RN, AE-C (The slides for this presentation are also available here.)
- August 26, 2010: Psychological Impacts of Asthma on Youth and Their Caretakers - Kristen Kullgren, PhD (This is a large file and may take several minutes to load.)
- August 25, 2010: Controlling Asthma: Helping You or Someone You Love Breathe Easy - Katie Loveland, MPH, MSW
- May 26, 2010: Inhaled Steroids and Childhood Asthma - Part 1: Jerrold M. Eichner, MD , Part 2: MaryLynn Donnelly, RN
Jeanne Cannon, RHIA, CPhT, CWPM
Quality Improvement Coordinator
Phone: (406) 444-4592
Jessie Fernandes, MPH, CPH
Phone: (406) 444-9155
Carolyn A. Linden
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