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About Our Asthma Initiative

Asthma is a common, deadly, expensive and disruptive lung disease. However, it can be managed and controlled. The Asthma Initiative impacts health care professionals, educators and families across Wisconsin by providing key resources, training and information to reduce asthma disparities, enhance quality of life and prevent asthma-related deaths.

In 2001, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin received a contract through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to create the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition (WAC) and assist in efforts to create the first Wisconsin Asthma Plan. In 2003, WAC had its first formal statewide meeting to unveil the plan and build coalition membership.

The Wisconsin asthma initiative is funded in part by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, through a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement.

In Wisconsin…

Wisconsin Asthma

Half a million children and adults have asthma.

Asthma Statistics

1 person dies every 5 days because of asthma.

Half of children with asthma will miss a day of school.

Asthma Statistics

1 in 4 adults with asthma will miss a day of work.

What We Do

We provide education, resources and tools to support asthma-awareness and reduce the burden of asthma in Wisconsin. We implement evidence-based asthma programs and advocate for the inclusion of asthma self-management education, home assessments and remediation in Medicaid financing.

Wisconsin Asthma Coalition

The Wisconsin Asthma Coalition is a diverse group working to improve asthma management by implementing best practices for reducing asthma disparities, contributing to policy discussions, enhancing quality of life and preventing asthma-related deaths.

Walkthrough Programs

Our child care, school and home walkthrough programs decrease asthma symptoms in children and adults by reducing exposure to environmental triggers.

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Medication Assistance Programs

Find no-cost or reduced-cost medications for asthma management with our public listing of asthma-related coupons and prescription assistance information.

Southeast Wisconsin SAMPROTM

Improving school-based asthma management is a team effort. Southeast Wisconsin School-based Asthma Management Program (SAMPRO™) Our role is to connect partners, educate school personnel and encourage the use of asthma action plans. These measures decrease asthma-related missed school days and emergency calls.

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Join the Coalition

Help us improve asthma management and prevent asthma-related deaths in Wisconsin.

Contact Staff

Langston Verdin
Program Leader
Strategic Partnerships
(414) 337-4569

Brittany Farrell, MS
Project Manager
(414) 337-4570

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