Asthma

Asthma is a major burden to the quality of life of Oregonians with asthma, their family and friends, and society as a whole. Asthma is a chronic lung disease involving ongoing inflammation and narrowing of airways due to spasm of the muscles surrounding the airway walls.

There is no cure for asthma, but it can be controlled with quality medical care and good patient self-management. Almost all people with asthma can lead active, healthy lives if their asthma is well-controlled.

OMA Involvement

The OMA has partnered with the state's Oregon Asthma Program to provide physicians with the latest resources, tools and other information available to improve the quality of life for Oregonians living with asthma.

Resources and Tools

The Oregon Asthma Program (OAP) works with partners from the public and private sectors to improve the quality of life for people with asthma in Oregon. The OAP supports the state's public health infrastructure in three key areas of asthma management:

  • increasing support for self-management (the ability of people with asthma to manage their condition),
  • strengthening health systems to ensure highest quality asthma care, and
  • developing and maintaining an asthma data tracking system to enhance the understanding of asthma in Oregon.

Working with our partners in the Oregon Asthma Network, the OAP has identified the following priority areas:

  1. Partnerships to Address Asthma: the Oregon Asthma Network
  2. Self-management of asthma
  3. Public awareness of asthma
  4. Healthcare Resources
  5. Air Quality and Asthma
  6. Schools and Asthma
  7. Worksites and Asthma

The American Lung Association of Oregon website includes local news, events and programs and ways to get involved in your community.

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