IHS Strategic Initiative – Asthma Control in Tribal Communities
According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Indian and Alaska Native people suffer a higher prevalence of asthma than any other specific racial or ethnic group in the United States. Controlling asthma is essential to reducing the burden of asthma-related illness and death among American Indian and Alaska Native people. The IHS has developed the Strategic Initiative - Asthma Control in Tribal communities (ACT).
As part of this initiative, IHS will support federal, tribal, and urban Indian organization programs as they:
- ACT to increase asthma awareness;
- ACT to recognize and diagnose asthma;
- ACT to support asthma control; and
- ACT to improve asthma-related outcomes.
The IHS ACT webpage is now live and includes useful information such as a summary of the ACT Initiative, an easy one-touch Resource Toolbox with helpful public health, provider, and patient/community resources, as well as best practices from IHS sites.