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The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) today released the New Jersey Asthma Strategic Plan 2008-2013, which focuses on reducing asthma disparities and increasing awareness of the management and treatment of this chronic respiratory disease.
“Asthma represents a serious and compelling public health problem in
Asthma is the most common chronic disease for children in
Although asthma cannot be cured, it can be controlled so that people are able to lead active and healthy lives. Missed school days, lost work days, Emergency Department visits, hospitalizations and deaths can be prevented by recognizing the warning signs of an attack and avoiding things that could trigger an attack such as tobacco smoke, dust mites and outdoor air pollution.
By controlling asthma, individuals can reduce symptoms like wheezing or coughing; reduce work and school-related absences and increase physical activities.
The Strategic Plan recommends ways to address asthma disparities and implement initiatives that provide individuals with the tools they need to manage their disease.
The Plan identifies the following strategies to reduce and eliminate asthma in
The Strategic Plan offers guidance to state government, healthcare and community stake holders. It has been designed in partnership with: The DHHS Division of Family Health Services, Division of Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health, the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program and the Center for Health Statistics; the New Jersey Departments of Environmental Protection, Education and Human Services; the Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey; and community-based/faith-based organizations.
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