This coalition assists with providing tools for a range of asthma advocates such as physicians, school nurses, daycare providers, respiratory therapists, and families affected by asthma. The yearly conference shares a wealth of knowledge for all providers and educators on current guidelines and ideas on how to become successful with asthma education & care provided at schools to clinic settings. As a mother of a child with asthma, I appreciate all the hard effort, passion, and care that all the board members & volunteers of this coalition provide. I highly recommmend anyone to join this coalition to help fight asthma in Arizona!
The Coalition has a thoughtful and dedicated leadership that is serving Arizona to attempt to promote awareness about the triggers for asthma in the community and interventions to avoid these triggers. Great work!
The Arizona Asthma Coalition (AAC) has been a valuable partnership for our Tobacco Asthma Coalition. They have provided us with the resources, technical assitance and guidance with coalition activities such as the Asthma Camp and the Wind Advisory Flag program. We truly appreciated all that you do to improve the quality of life for Arizonans living with asthma through education and awareness.
The Arizona Asthma Coalition serves such a wonderful cause and continues to help educate health professionals seek ways to better improve the health of our communities. I feel priviledged to have become a part of this coalition. They will continue to serve our communities and keep us informed on the latest evidenced-based research. Great job!
Having a state asthma coalition has greatly helped our local county coalition not "reinvent the wheel". Because of the AAC we have up-to-date news on legislative and policy issues and access to useful user friendly tools and resources online.
The Arizona Asthma Coalition is a very special nonprofit organization. It is made up of physicians, Residency Directors, pediatricians, certified asthma educators, nurses, parents of asthmatics, state officials,health plans, industry and many concerned citizens who want to improve the delivery of healthcare and the lives of asthmatics. All of these individuals work tirelessly and pro bono to educate and advocate for asthmatics. This organization has worked to: develop public awareness programs, develop educational toolkits for healthcare providers and parents, advocate and pass legislative acts and develop outreach programs to improve the identification of children with asthma. This organization actually delivers the goods!The State of Arizona does not have a department targeting asthma despite spending over a 100 million dollars a year on healthcare dollars on asthma. This coalition is the one organization where parents, concerned citizens and providers can go to, to find information and access the people who have the knowledge on how to improve asthma outcomes. The AAC helps to identify resources of information and people who are working on advocacy issues and delivery of services. Each year the AAC puts on a state wide meeting where national thought leaders discuss outstanding issues in asthma. This meeting is always well attended and brings together the many counties of Arizona to help improve and educate concerned providers about asthma, whether it is about adherence to medications or access to healtcare. The AAC fosters building relationships to cast a large net to help as many asthmatics as possible. This coalition is valuable because it gives voice to the voiceless!
Although my involvment was short-lived, I could see that this group was very inclusive of diverse groups with a vested interest in improving quality of life and access to services for patients (especially children) with asthma in our state. Most impressive to me was how informed the group was from a political stand point. One area of improvement for the group would be to be more open to new and fresh ideas!
A venue for collaboration among diverse groups all devoted to improving asthma care and education throughout AZ, the AAC is an outstanding and effective organization.
I am a professional who works in the area of asthma management. These conferences provided valuable information to the community to improve the overall management of asthma.
I appreciate the resources and knowledge gained from becoming a member of the Arizona Asthma Coalition. This coalition has the intregity, drive, and goals to obtain high results for improving quality of life for people living with asthma in Arizona and for preventing deaths!
I have working with the Arizona Asthma Coaltion since 2005. I was asked to be the chair of the first annual asthma conference. I was truly honored and it was a great success and has continued to be for the past five years. This conference boasts specialists from all areas of the country and all fields of expertise. The conference has received great positive feedback and has been helpful in attempting to manage asthma in AZ. I am pleased that I am still able to be a part of the coaltion.
This organization has wonderful and very informed people. They have provided a very helpful toolkit with useful information to children (and their families) with asthma.
I worked with other volunteer individuals, including physicians, nurses, members of other community agencies and organization all working collaboratively to help improve the problem of asthma. It is a great way to knock down barriers!
The Arizona Asthma Coalition provides expert advice and relevant information for asthmatics and parents of asthmatic children. Asthma is epidemic, affecting 6% of children nationally with rates as high as 28% in urban centers (Centers for Disease Control 2006, Nicholas et al. 2005). Asthma results in $14 billion in treatment costs and 12.8 million missed school days annually, leading to poorer educational outcomes and reduced prospects of success for children and communities (National Institute of Health 2002, American Lung Association 2005). The coalition acts as an important resource for many professionals working in diverse areas and with diverse groups. I am very grateful for the work they do.
I have found the information shared by the AZ Asthma Coalition is very helpful and have shared much with nurses in my own school district as well as across the state as the President of the School Nurses Organization of Arizona. I am not able to make it to the Phoenix Coalition meeting because I live in Yuma, AZ (a 3 hr trip each way, I feel that the Coalition is working hard to make sure those of us in the trenches with asthma students are benefiting by all the programs that the Coalition has put in place across the state. I know that our local Coalition always struggles to raise money to hold the annual Asthma Camp (Camp-Not-A-Choo) and the Air Quality Flag program, we are all trying to do the best we can at at the same time having many successes along the way.