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.
- Among Connecticut residents surveyed in 2014, 72,000 (9.6%) children and 257,000 (9.2%) adults suffered from asthma. In 2014, 8.6% of US children and 7.4% of US adults had asthma.
- Asthma is the single most avoidable cause of hospitalization, yet it is consistently one of the most common admitting diagnoses in pediatrics.
- In 2014, Connecticut incurred over $135 million acute care charges due to asthma as a primary diagnosis.
- Of the $135 million asthma acute care charges, $92.8 million were for hospitalizations and $42.5 million were for emergency department (ED) visits.
- Of the $135 million, $102 million (76%) were charged to public funds (Medicaid or Medicare).
- Residents from the five largest cities (Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, and Waterbury) account for 18% of Connecticut's total population, yet they account for nearly half (46% or $62 million) of the $135 million asthma acute care charges in 2014.
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: Easy Breathing
Putting on AIRS-Learn about the free home-based asthma program.
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