Cause for concern
Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by inflammation of the airways and recurring attacks of symptoms such as wheezing and coughing.
Asthma is the most common reason for preventable hospitalizations and emergency department visits by children in Wisconsin and the United States. Asthma is also one of the leading causes of child care and school absenteeism.
In Wisconsin 10 percent of children have been told by a doctor they have asthma. Children age 12-17 years have the highest prevalence of asthma, while children age 0-4 years have the highest emergency department visit and in-patient hospitalization rates.
The Alliance serves as a committed leader and partner in asthma initiatives including:
- Facilitating the creation, revision and implementation of the Wisconsin Asthma Plan.
- Leading the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition (WAC).
- Cultivating and supporting local asthma coalitions.
- Advocating for public policy change.
- Managing an extensive list of asthma resources for individuals or professionals interested in asthma education, treatment and management.