Monthly Newsletter from the Arizona Asthma Coalition

Fight for Air Climb

April 1, 2022 • ASU Sun Devil Stadium

This event provides critical funds for lifesaving lung disease research, early lung cancer detection initiatives, and pandemic defense and prevention through our COVID-19 Action Initiative. The Fight for Air Climb will be just over 2,500 stairs around the lower bowl of Sun Devil Stadium to represent the estimated 2,580 people in Arizona who died from lung cancer in 2021. If you really want a challenge - we have the elite climb, which will be about twice that number of stairs! Whether you're new to stair-climbing or a veteran Climber, how you climb is up to you. 

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Learn More Breathe Better

Shared from Asthma Community Network

With the new year come new resources from the Learn More Breathe Better® program! Learn More Breathe Better is a national health education program that increases awareness and understanding of lung diseases and conditions, including asthma. The new materials are all available in English and Spanish and for free download to help patients and caregivers understand more about living with asthma.

People with asthma use a variety of devices to deliver their medications. To support proper device usage, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) developed tip sheets on using three common devices: metered-dose inhalers, dry powder inhalers and nebulizers.

NHLBI also has published new worksheets, fact sheets and tips for monitoring and treating asthma, including an Asthma Action Plan. To access all of the resources that the Learn More Breathe Better program has to offer, visit

Learning how to control asthma is the key to leading a full and active life. Breathe better! 

View the latest Asthma Community Network newsletter here

2022 American Thoracic Society Conference

May 13-18, 2022 • San Francisco

Registration for the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Conference is now open. ATS 2022 offers you a unique opportunity to connect, engage, and collaborate with colleagues from diverse regions of the world, specialty areas, and career levels, all of whom are helping to shape the future of respiratory medicine. The Conference will have a wide array of programming featuring scientific sessions, our poster hall, an exhibit hall and industry sessions, specialty events, and unique networking opportunities. Through their diverse programming, ATS will continue the tradition of presenting the latest clinical and scientific advances and offering practical solutions to your on-the-job challenges. 

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ATS 2022

[WEBINAR] Managing Student Asthma in School During COVID-19

Recording Now Available

The Arizona Department of Education in partnership with the University of Arizona Pediatric Pulmonary Center and the Arizona Asthma Coalition hosted a webinar on February 2nd for School Nurses and School Health Office Staff. View the recording of the webinar here.

You can also download the presentation slides here.

Following your viewing of the webinar, please complete the webinar evaluation here. Your feedback is important to help us plan future professional development offerings.


Reliever-triggered inhaled glucocorticoid therapy in among Black and Latinx adults with asthma

Repost from The New England Journal of Medicine

Black and Latinx populations in the United States bear disproportionate asthma morbidity and mortality. Asthma-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations are higher among Black and Latinx persons than among White persons. Mortality from asthma is also twice as high among Black and Latinx persons compared to White persons. While current recommendations include the use of inhaled glucocorticoids for asthma-controller therapy, there is a gap in knowledge as to understanding the effectiveness of this strategy among Black and Latinx patients, as few trials have included substantial proportions of these populations. This study found that providing an as-needed glucocorticoid inhaler and one-time instruction on its use significantly decreased severe asthma exacerbations among Black and Latinx adults with asthma.

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Respiratory Virus Infections and Pediatric Asthma Exacerbations

Repost from Pulmonology Advisor

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a natural experiment to study how changes in respiratory virus transmission affect PAE. In the current study, investigators hypothesized that social distancing and other nonpharmaceutical interventions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have reduced viral triggers for asthma exacerbation, thus leading to a reduction in critical asthma that is unrelated to changes in allergens and pollutants. To test their hypothesis, the investigators conducted a retrospective analysis of PAE and respiratory virus testing at a quaternary hospital system from January 2014 through June 2021. PAE was identified in electronic medical records using continuous albuterol administration as a surrogate marker of critical asthma.

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Arizona Asthma Coalition is now on Facebook! Head over to Facebook and like AAC to keep up to date on asthma, allergy and organizational updates in between our monthly newsletters. 

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As a nonprofit partnership since 1996, AAC has worked together with concerned stakeholders including public health, environmental quality, managed care, education, individual physicians and nurses, hospitals, foundations, families and other colleagues. Become a member of the Arizona Asthma Coalition or renew your membership and help us continue this important work.

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