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The prevalence of asthma in the United States has increased over the past two decades, and data suggest trends in New Jersey have followed the same pattern.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has funded the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) to develop asthma control plans that include disease tracking, intervention, and occupational components.

The first step occurred in the fall of 2000, when DOH actively supported the American Lung Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey Thoracic Society in the founding of the Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey (PACNJ) to act as a statewide clearinghouse for pediatric asthma programs and services.

CDC funding under the grant Addressing Asthma from a Public Health Perspective also provided for the publication of Asthma in New Jersey 2010-2012, a comprehensive report describing the effects of asthma on the health of New Jersey residents. The report contains an introductory section on asthma and subsequent chapters highlight the results of asthma surveillance efforts within the state. Annual updates of the charts, tables and executive summary will be a continued function of asthma surveillance efforts as New Jersey seeks to achieve both the Healthy New Jersey 2020 and the national Healthy People 2020 goals of reduced asthma hospitalizations and reduced deaths.

In recognizing the need to respond to the burden that asthma places upon the state, DOH has partnered with other departments within the state to create an Interdepartmental Asthma Plan to serve as a coordinated statewide planning guide. New Jersey Asthma Stategic Plan 2008-2013.



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