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Addressing Asthma in West Virginia

The West Virginia Asthma Education and Prevention Program (WVAEPP), started in 2001, as a basic funded program from a cooperative grant agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). WVAEPP was successfully funded by CDC for over a decade. In fact, WVAEPP was one of 36 states and territories funded through a cooperative grant agreement through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the WV Department of Health and Human Resources for a five year funding cycle to "Address Asthma from a Public Health Perspective" from 2009 to 2014.

The WVAEPP strives to improve the quality of life for all West Virginians with asthma. We are making this possible by working with agencies, organizations, and non-profits, who have the same goals and who aid us in implementing our State Asthma Plan. We invite you to join us in our efforts to ensure the best health outcomes possible for our citizens with this chronic disease.

WVAEPP works to highlight asthma as a priority health concern and to reduce suffering, morbidity, death, and the economic costs related to asthma by:

  • Expanding the statewide asthma coalition (West Virginia Asthma Coalition - WVAC)
  • Expanding the statewide asthma surveillance system and promulgating to partners and stakeholders information about the prevalence, morbidity, mortality, and costs associated with asthma 
  • Developing and implementing interventions focusing on the disparate priority populations which include: children, adult women, seniors (64 years and older), and the low socio-economic status individuals (SES) who are more adversely affected by asthma.

The WV Bureau for Public Health and WVAEPP also focus activities and efforts in respect to the Healthy People 2020. Healthy People is a set of goals and objectives with 10-year targets designed to guide national health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve the health of all people in the United States. Click here for more information.

Click here for more information on WVAEPP AEPP History

Initiatives WVAEPP Supports 

Healthcare Advocacy 

WVAEPP has always been an advocate for improvement in rules, policy, and legislation that provides improved access, improved care, and improved treatments of asthma. WVAEPP and the WVAC played an instrumental role in the passage of the "inhaler bill" in 2004 into state law - allowing children with asthma to self-administer and carry their quick relief inhaler, and for the "School bus anti-idling" policy to restrict the idling time of school buses in order to improve the air quality around our children. 

For more information and details go to "Policy and Legislation" on this site.

Disease Self-Management

Marshall University Center for Rural Health - Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is an evidence-based program developed at Stanford University. This highly participatory skill-based program teaches people how to deal with the symptoms and emotions of living with chronic conditions. West Virginia has adopted CDSMP and calls it "Help Yourself". The 6-week "Help Yourself" program is co-led by the WV Diabetes Prevention and Control partners, clinic staff, and community/lay leaders. WVAEPP and the WV Arthritis Program have provided support over the years, either financially and/or by promoting this successful program.

Workforce Development

The WVAEPP has provided free training on spirometry, asthma action plans, and asthma education via evidenced-based programs such as Open Airways for Schools, Breathe Well Live Well, and Asthma 101 and by web-based programs such as takeACTION! Addressing Asthma & Diabetes in West Virginia Schools (www.wvde.org), and Asthma Education for the Primary Care Provider (www.camcinstitute.org). WVAEPP continues to develop and fund new and successful programs in West Virginia.


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