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February is Black History Month!
TACP would like to draw your attention to the disproportionate burden of asthma on the African American population across the country and in Texas. According to the CDC, Black children are twice as likely to be hospitalized and four times as likely to die from asthma as white children in the U.S. overall. Texas data shows that our hospital discharge rates for children are more than three times higher among blacks than among whites, as demonstrated on the graph below. The rates were also higher for adults at 11.8% for Blacks, 8.6% for Whites, and 4.2% for Hispanics in Texas.
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). It is supported by a Cooperative Agreement, Addressing Asthma from a Public Health Perspective with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 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
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