Monthly Newsletter from the Arizona Asthma Coalition

Asthma Education for the Community Health Worker

Association of Asthma Educators

Association of Asthma Educators has developed this program to prepare entry-level community health workers to effectively provide basic asthma management education. The program is available to community and healthcare organizations with an interest in enabling staff and volunteers to improve the care and understanding of the disease for patients and families living with asthma.

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Request a Mentor for Your Asthma Program

Asthma Community Network

Did you know that offers mentoring from award-winning asthma programs tailored to your program’s needs?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management honors programs that deliver excellent environmental asthma management as part of their comprehensive asthma care services, and these programs have many successful strategies to share with you.

You can request a mentor, and a Network representative will identify the perfect mentor for your program. Take your asthma program to the next level! Request a mentor today!

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Wildfire Smoke Brings Breathtaking Sunsets — and Asthma Attacks

Yale Climate Connections

In 2020, wildfires throughout the Western U.S. blanketed the country in smoke from coast to coast. People as far away as New York, Boston, and Washington were photographing exceptionally brilliant sunsets and posting them on social media. But the same smoke that tinted the sun a brilliant orange was tainting lungs, with 50 times more people in the U.S. exposed to dangerous levels of wildfire smoke than 10 years earlier.

Wildfires, much like storms such as hurricanes, are increasing in severity due to climate change. And winds can carry the health risks of smoke for thousands of miles. So emergency rooms and clinics far from the fires must respond to more people suffering from asthma and other respiratory conditions.

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How Smoking, SES Are Linked With Allergic, Nonallergic Asthma Risks

American Journal of Managed Care

In addition to independent risk factors, the interaction between smoking and socioeconomic status (SES) was found to be associated with risk of respiratory illnesses, such as asthma, according to a new study.

“This study found putative interactions between smoking and different measures of SES in relation to the probability of having respiratory diseases,” wrote the study researchers. “Education and occupational classification, as different measures of SES, presented different patterns of smoking association with asthma, when the latter is divided by allergic status.” 

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America's Shortage of Asthma Medication, Explained

The Week

An ongoing shortage of albuterol, an asthma medication primarily used by hospitals, may be exacerbated by the recent closure of one of the country's two domestic producers of the medicine. 

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Predictive and Prognostic Value of Leptin Status in Asthma


Asthma is closely associated with inflammation. We evaluated the predictive and prognostic value of leptin status in asthma. We searched the electronic databases for articles that determined the leptin level in asthma cases through May 2020. We compared the differences of leptin level between asthma and non-asthma controls, as well as between severe and mild asthma cases. We also investigated the impact of age and gender on these differences by using meta-regression analysis.

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Triggering Bitter Taste Receptors Could Someday Treat Asthma, COPD

Science Daily

Surprisingly, bitter taste receptors are not only located in the mouth, but also elsewhere in the body, including the airways. Activating those receptors opens up lung passageways, so they're a potential target for treating asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Now, researchers report that they have designed a potent and selective compound that could lead the way to such therapies.

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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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