Asthma Awareness in the Community- Minnesota Department of Health

Asthma Awareness in the Community

To improve the quality of life for all Minnesotans who have asthma, we need to raise asthma awareness, increase educational outreach in every community, and continue to work together to improve community capacity to provide social services and medical care for those with asthma.

Minnesota communities can do this by:

  • Encouraging patients to participate in effective and user friendly asthma programs.
  • Forming collaborative partnerships with community organizations to support and develop interventions that fill gaps in needed services.
  • Organizing internal and community organizations to provide ongoing asthma self-management support to patients and families.
  • Advocating for policies that improve patient care and asthma-friendly community environments (e.g., no smoking policies).

Find local and national resources to raise awareness and get involved in your community

  • Allergy & Asthma Network - Allergy & Asthma Network is a non-profit organization whose mission is to end the needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies, and related conditions through outreach, education, advocacy and research.

  • Asthma Community Network- Communities in Action - Share - Learn - Connect - this online Network is designed for community-based asthma programs and organizations that sponsor them - including representatives of health plans and providers, government health and environmental agencies, nonprofits, coalitions, and schools and more.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Asthma - CDC's National Asthma Control Program (NACP) was created in 1999 to help millions of people with asthma in the United States gain Control over their disease.

Community Health Worker webinars

The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and the MDH Asthma Program partnered to host a series of four asthma webinars for Community Health Workers.

They have been recorded and can be accessed here:

April 2017
Lessons from the Field: Asthma and the Home Environment (42:25)
This webinar presents three separate case studies on asthma home visits provided by Andres Flores Fioravanti, formally with the Minnesota Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. Fioravanti provides examples of home visit situations, and approaches to working with families of children with asthma on how to improve their home environment.

September 2017
Circles of Support in Management of Children's Asthma (37:53)
This webinar presents the process and results of the "Circle of Support in Management of Children's Asthma" project by Rachelle Menanteau Peleska, Sustainable Resource Center. The webinar highlights the grant received by the four partners to test a culturally-specific intervention process with African American families designed to improve the health of children and enhance learning outcomes at Maxfield (Magnet) Elementary School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

March 2018
Cracking the Code: A Case Study on the Role of the Community Health Worker (CHW) in Managing Pests for Clients with Asthma (34:14)
This webinar presents a case study on the role of the Community Health Worker (CHW) in managing pests for clients with asthma. Megan Nieto, CHW Solutions speaks about her experience as a community health worker and a situation she worked on where a family was experiencing negative health impacts due to a pest infestation in their home.

October 2018
Pathways to Asthma: Creating Your Community Health Worker (CHW) Lane (46:52)
This webinar presents how CHWs can utilize the Ohio Pathways Model (a patient centered tool) to identify and translate patient risks. The tool addresses social determinants of health and uses 20 different pathways to guide CHWs in their work with families and people with asthma.

Additional Community Resources

Asthma Sports Posters

These posters are designed to increase awareness and spark conversations about asthma; that a child who has asthma can compete equally with those who don’t. These posters are designed to be displayed in schools, places where community members may gather (recreational centers, ice arenas, and athletic sports facilities, etc.) and clinic offices.

Posters are available for download here. Click the image or link below. File types and sizes are displayed following the link.

Horiztonal image of asthma sports poster

Horizontal "Play With Asthma" poster - 10x20 inches (JPG)

Vertical image of the poster to be displayed in community, schools and clinic offices.

Vertical "Play With Asthma" poster - 14x20 inches (JPG)

Ordering Posters from MDH

If your a Minnesota organization, agency, school, clinic, or community center and would like to order larger quantities of the Asthma Sports Posters, please email your request to the MDH Asthma Program at or call us at 651-201-5909. Please provide your name, quantity you wish to order, and your shipping address in the email. MDH Asthma Program staff will contact you to confirm your request or seek additional information.

Updated Thursday, 10-Oct-2019 15:18:35 CDT