Monthly Newsletter from the Arizona Asthma Coalition

Registration Now Open for the 14th Annual School Healthcare Training Event

Saturday, February 11, 2023

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

UA College of Pharmacy, Tucson, AZ

The University of Arizona Pediatric Pulmonary Center is hosting the 14th Annual School Healthcare Training Event. Topics include Student Health Management in Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, Medications, and more! 

Continental breakfast and lunch are included. Participation certificates will be provided. Registration is $35.00 + fees.

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American Lung Association and American Academy of Pediatrics Partner to Help Teens Quit All Tobacco Products

According to the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey, more than three million middle and high school students use at least one tobacco product and more than 2.5 million use e-cigarettes. To further health equity among the adolescent population, especially for those at highest risk, and to help healthcare providers, community-based youth leaders and school officials identify teens who use tobacco and help them quit, the American Lung Association and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) launched Ask, Counsel, Treat (ACT) to Address Youth Cessation.

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NIH study links specific outdoor air pollutants to asthma attacks in urban children

Shared from National Institutes of Health

Moderate levels of two outdoor air pollutants, ozone and fine particulate matter, are associated with non-viral asthma attacks in children and adolescents who live in low-income urban areas, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health has found. The study also identifies associations between exposure to the two pollutants and molecular changes in the children’s airways during non-viral asthma attacks, suggesting potential mechanisms for those attacks. The observational study is one of the first to link elevated levels of specific outdoor air pollutants in particular urban locations to distinct changes in the airways during asthma attacks not triggered by respiratory viruses, according to the investigators.

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Gas stoves are contributing to childhood asthma in Massachusetts, study finds

Shared from The Boston Globe

Gas stoves are responsible for 15.4 percent of childhood asthma cases in Massachusetts, suggesting the Commonwealth could avoid more than one in seven childhood asthma cases by getting rid of the appliances, a new peer-reviewed study says.

That number is above the 12.7 percent of childhood asthma cases nationwide that are attributed to gas stoves, according to the research published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

The research provides “yet more evidence of why we need our regulators and our policymakers to be protecting us from these consumer products,” said Brady Seals, a manager at RMI who co-authored the study.

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What is Asthma Remission and How is it Accomplished?

Shared from European Respiratory Journal

Controlling symptoms and asthma attacks (exacerbations) is currently the primary focus of asthma treatment rather than achieving remission. Remission is not the same as being cured, although it is much closer. Current definitions of remission in asthma are discussed, along with its prevalence and determinants, pathogenesis, the feasibility of establishing remission with the currently known treatment choices, and future avenues for research.

To be in remission from asthma means to have achieved an extremely high level of disease control, with or without continued therapy, such that symptoms and exacerbations have been eliminated and lung function has been normalized or optimized. 

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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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