Monthly Newsletter from the Arizona Asthma Coalition

Job Alert: Community Outreach Professional I (Extended Temporary) - Greater Phoenix Area

This is a 1-year position under the Asthma & Airway Disease Research Center and Stock Inhaler for Schools Program funded by Mercy C.A.R.E.S. The successful candidate will serve as a program outreach & training coordinator with our community partner, the statewide Arizona Asthma Coalition. This project aims to increase access to stock albuterol inhalers in Arizona’s schools. The program outreach & training coordinator will assist in the activities associated with monitoring the on-going implementation of the Stock Inhaler for Schools program, conducting outreach to schools and county health departments and providing training and technical support to school personnel. Remote work available. 

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Many Asthma Patients Don’t Follow Their Medication Plans. Here’s How to Change That

In 2017, an expert commission organized by the Lancet examined the current state of asthma care. That commission identified poor medication adherence as one of the principal barriers standing between people with asthma and improved disease outcomes. Adherence is “the biggest elephant in the room,” the commission wrote. “Although lip service is paid to optimizing basic management, in practice often very little is done beyond asking the patient if they are taking treatment.”

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La Jolla Institute researchers find missing piece of the asthma puzzle

Shared from La Jolla Institute for Immunology

An inflammatory molecule called LIGHT, appears to be the cause of life-threatening airway damage in patients with severe asthma. According to the new research from scientists at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI), therapeutics to stop LIGHT (which is related to tumor necrosis factor) could reverse airway and lung damage in patients—and potentially offer a long-term treatment for asthma.

“This is a very, very significant finding,” says LJI Professor Michael Croft, Ph.D., senior author of the new study and member of the LJI Center for Autoimmunity and Inflammation. “This research gives us a better understanding of the potential of therapeutic targeting of LIGHT and what we might do to relieve some of the symptoms and some of the inflammatory features seen in patients who have severe asthma.”

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Risk of Severe Asthma Attacks Increased After Relaxation of COVID-19 Restrictions

Shared from AJMC

The relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions and decreased use of face coverings coincided with a significant increase in asthma and acute respiratory illness (ARI) exacerbations, according to recent study findings.

This population-based study, whose findings were published in Thorax and presented at the British Thoracic Society meeting, observed the risk of asthma exacerbations in association with the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, and how it compared to the risks associated with COVID-19 and non–COVID-19 ARIs.

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Open Seat on the Arizona Asthma Coalition Board

We are interested in adding a member to our board who has skill and experience in public policy and advocacy. As part of our effort to improve the health and quality of life for all asthmatics in Arizona, this new board member’s portfolio will include:

  • Networking and building relationships with coalitions and partners
  • Informing the Board and stakeholders about emerging public policies that would have an impact on people with asthma
  • Advocating for public policies which support clean air, access to healthcare and best practices for preventing and treating asthma

The successful candidate will bring a strong public health policy perspective to our board. It currently includes physicians, nurse practitioners, a school nurse manager, respiratory therapists, asthma educators, program administrators and academic faculty in pharmacy and public health.

Relevant types of experience may include:

  • Participation in local and/or statewide public health coalitions and partnerships
  • Analyzing and summarizing public policy issues in writing
  • Sharing information about policies with a statewide audience
  • Tracking proposed legislation and sharing its relevance with stakeholders
  • Representing your organization’s policy positions in presentations, media or testimony

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send a cover letter and CV to Lisa Rascon at

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