Who We Are Asthma Program - Minnesota Department of Health

Who We Are
Asthma Program

Our mission

Improving asthma care and quality of life for people who have asthma.

Our vision

That all people in Minnesota who have asthma will have healthy environments and will be able to enjoy active lives because their asthma is well-controlled.

Serving Minnesota

The MDH Asthma Program serves all Minnesotans by:

  • Collecting and analyzing data that describe the impact of asthma in Minnesota.
  • Working to establish and maintain partnerships to explore new data sources and identify research opportunities.
  • Engaging public health, health systems, and health care professionals by using the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) Asthma Guidelines to help people who have asthma achieve and maintain optimal asthma control.
  • Providing information and the educational tools necessary for people to successfully manage their asthma.
  • Providing technical assistance and encouraging our partners to use effective strategies that help reduce asthma triggers and improve air quality.
  • Partnering with the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) to provide the online High School Coaches Asthma Training "Athletes and Asthma: The Coaches Role" on the league's continuing education coach's portal.


The MDH Asthma Program works with partners across the state from healthcare systems, local public health, schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations and communities with the goal to improve outcomes and quality of life for people who have asthma in Minnesota. The MDH Asthma Program works to foster communication and collaboration with existing partners and looks for opportunities to establish new connections and partners statewide.


Minnesota is one of 25 states/territories that currently receives funding and technical support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Asthma Control Program. Since 1999, the MDH Asthma Program has maintained an asthma surveillance system to better understand and describe the impact of asthma. We’ve worked with partners to create asthma-friendly indoor environments and developed resources and tools for people living with asthma to increase their ability to self-manage their asthma through collaborative partnerships with health professionals.

Asthma Staff

Wendy Brunner, Program Manager and Epidemiologist • 651-201-5895 • wendy.brunner@state.mn.us

Catherine Diamond, Evaluator • 651-201-3969 • catherine.diamond@state.mn.us

Kathleen Norlien, Environmental Research Scientist • 651-201-4613 •kathleen.norlien@state.mn.us

Kelly Raatz, Communications and Program Planner • 651-201-5899 • kelly.raatz@state.mn.us

Susan Ross, RN Clinical Advisor • 651-201-5629 • susan.ross@state.mn.us

Asthma Program
Minnesota Department of Health
Golden Rule Building 
85 E. 7th Place, Suite 220  
PO Box 64882 
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882 
Telephone Number:  651-201-5909 

Updated Tuesday, 05-Mar-2019 14:40:35 CST