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Minnesota Department of Health
Golden Rule Building
85 E. 7th Place, Suite 220
PO Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
Improving asthma care and quality of life for people who have asthma.
That all people in Minnesota who have asthma will have healthy environments and will be able to enjoy active lives because their asthma is well-controlled.
We work to provide resources to support the diagnosis, treatment, and management of asthma
Advancing the mission of improving asthma care and quality of life for all people who have asthma requires a united coalition of asthma partners and stakeholders. Asthma in Minnesota: A Strategic Framework for 2021-2030 provides strategies and action steps for Minnesota to achieve these goals and improve the health and quality of life for asthma patients and their families.
The program works to align with and build on the following seven goals:
- Advocacy - Build support for people who have asthma
- Partnerships - Build strong community and statewide partnerships to increase linkages to care, education, and community support for people living with asthma.
- Data - Collect, analyze, and use data on asthma, populations, and the environment.
- Health Equity - Work with individuals, communities, and health systems to create health communities to ensure that all people have the resources the need to be healthy.
- Healthy Environments - Reduce environmental factors that trigger asthma episodes.
- Asthma Management - Increase the number of people who have the information, skills, and tools, to manage their asthma successfully.
- Systems Change - Support development and piloting of new systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness of asthma management.
The Minnesota Asthma Advisory Committee
We convene quarterly the Minnesota Asthma Advisory Committee (AAC), a voluntary committee of health professionals, local public health, schools, and non-profit organizations that have a stake or could play a role in asthma control. AAC members provide clinical asthma expertise, input from their sector regarding asthma impacts, input on actions possible within their sector to address asthma, and recommendations on program direction. Members help connect the program to high-level partners who can integrate asthma care into systems and organizations throughout the state.
The MDH Asthma Program works with healthcare systems, local public health, schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations, communities, and other partners from across the state to improve outcomes and quality of life for people in Minnesota who have asthma. The MDH Asthma Program fosters communication and collaboration with existing partners and looks for opportunities to establish new connections and partners statewide.
Minnesota is one of 24 state, territorial, and municipal partners that currently receives funding and technical support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Asthma Control Program. Since 1999, the Asthma Program has maintained an asthma surveillance system to better understand and describe the impact of asthma. We work to build strong community and statewide partnerships to increase linkages to care, education, and community support for people living with asthma.