The WV Asthma Education and Prevention Program (WVAEPP) is working to ensure that all of the state's asthma education and prevention organizations - from state government programs to non-profits - are working together to educate using the same message on -early diagnosis, treatment per national clinical guidelines, improved instruction on using and the need for medication, education on recognizing and avoiding asthma triggers, and improving the quality of life for those affected by asthma.
WVAEPP is working to increase cooperation between asthma health-related programs and organizations throughout the state. By joining foces, our goal is to improve access to reliable information and resources while promoting education and improved adherence to the guidelines from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP).
How can I learn more about Asthma efforts in West Virginia?
Contact the WVAEPP to learn more and to see how you can help.
Join the West Virginia Asthma Coalition (WVAC). Participate with this volunteer group to raise awareness of asthma. Membership is free and we encourage the public and all healthcare providers to join us in our efforts. To find out more about the WVAC or to become a member click here.
View the event calendar to find activities and training events in your area.
- WV Asthma Updates - for a quick list of upcoming health screenings, trainings, and events.
- View NEW* items listed on this site to keep informed of recent asthma trends!
Click here for A Strategic Plan for Addressing Asthma in West Virginia 2010-2014.
May 22-23, 2013 - Asthma Educator Institute - Mon General Hospital, Morgantown, WV - a two-day professional development course for clinicians committed to providing National Institutes of Health (NIH) asthma guidelines-based care. The Institute also serves as a preparatory course for those qualified to take the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) exam. This is the 2nd annual event hosted by the American Lung Association in WV, the WVAC, and the WVAEPP. See flier for details.
To register to attend this event please go to www.lunginfo.org/aei.
How Can You Raise Awareness of Asthma?
Apply by May 15th! Asthma Friendly Business Award The WVAC and WVAEPP are recognizing businesses, communities, and organizations in WV that focuses on the health and well-being of their employees and customers.
Apply by May 9th! The Asthma Friendly School Award Is your school asthma friendly? The WVAC and WVAEPP recognize schools in WV who are excelling in asthma care.
How to Manage Your Asthma Better - helpful tips and resources to improve your health
WV's Asthma Education for Coaches, PE Teachers, support staff, and student athletes.
Are your Asthma or COPD Medications being discontinued by the FDA some popular inhalers will not be made any longer - see the list for more details
Fact Sheets In WV, Children, Adult Women, Seniors, and those who have low income and low education suffer more from asthma. See how those groups are affected.
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Health Tips and Resources
Tips From Former Smokers Campaign - learn why you should avoid tobacco smoke - many health benefits and saving money
FLU Updates - CDC's site on seasonal flu virus. Please view the West Virginia Immunization Program's website http://www.wvflu.org/ for specific information for WV.
Medication Assistance Programs - Many Pharmaceutical Companies offer deep discounts, and coupons for asthma and other medications for free for those who qualify. Look under our Links tab for more information.
Asthma Reporting Requirements - Uniform Data System (UDS) Reporting Requirements for Federally Qualified Health Care Centers on Asthma. This specifically impacts the application for "Patient Centered Medical Home" for these centers and Quality of Care requirements - click here for more details (PowerPoint).
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Website last updated on Jan 15, 2013 by Cynthia Keely-Wilson