The American Lung Association (ALA) of DC, DC Control Asthma Now (DC CAN), the Maryland Asthma Control Program (MACP) and the Virginia Asthma Control Project (VACP) have partnered to address the burden of asthma within the National Capital region. This partnership provides a unified effort in addressing asthma in numerous jurisdictions, in which geographical boundaries are shared. Joint surveillance and programmatic activities by DC CAN, MACP and VACP will allow for the greatest reach to those affected by asthma where they live, work and play.
To further this partnership, ALA of DC, DC CAN, MACP and VACP will jointly sponsor a one day conference to address many of these issues. This regional asthma conference during Asthma Awareness Month in May 2010 will enable regional asthma stakeholders to come together and establish priorities for reducing the burden of asthma within the National Capital region. The conference will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to understand the issues associated with asthma in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, while brainstorming how efforts can jointly create a solution. Topics that will be discussed include provider education, healthy homes and asthma educational outreach efforts. Virginia Asthma Coalition www.virginiaasthma.org