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May is Asthma Awareness Month
The chronic lung disease of asthma affects over 25 million people living in the United States. In Texas, more than 2 million people have asthma, including 1 in 11 children. It causes 3 in 5 people living with asthma to limit their physical activity or miss days of school and work. Asthma is also expensive, costing the nation $56 billion each year. Texas asthma hospitalizations cost more than $658.5 million in 2012.
May 5th is World Asthma Day
On World Asthma Day and throughout May, people with asthma and organizations dedicated to asthma control and education join together to increase awareness about asthma and improve the lives of all people with asthma everywhere.
Need ideas for getting out the word about asthma in your community?
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Welcome to the Texas Asthma Control Program (TACP)
||The TACP is located within the Chronic Disease Branch, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). In collaboration with other state organizations and community partners, the TACP strives to improve the quality of life for Texans living with asthma. Activities include conducting asthma surveillance, supporting and promoting state and local partnerships, promoting policies that address and improve asthma outcomes, funding effective interventions that increase asthma self-management and reduce the burden of asthma in Texas, and evaluating activities to guide the use of program resources and interventions.
TACP - Mission
Reduce the severity of asthma symptoms
Decrease preventable asthma morbidity
Decrease the number of emergency department hospital visits and deaths due to asthma in Texas
Improve the quality of life for Texans living with asthma
Many individuals and organizations in Texas are committed to ensuring proper asthma care and management for our population, have worked for many years and continue to work to prevent and reduce poor outcomes and improve the quality of life for Texans with asthma. Our appreciation and recognition is extended to the many asthma champions in Texas.
Texas Asthma Control Program
Texas Department of State Health Services
PO Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
Email the Asthma Program