Presentation slides from the Annual MAAP Summit are available, below.
Massachusetts Asthma Action Partnership
Asthma is a chronic disease that can have a significant impact on the quality of life of the person with asthma and his or her family. Uncontrolled asthma can result in wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, tiredness, stress, inability to work or go to school, and in some cases death. Asthma is a complex disease that requires a multi-faceted approach to reduce the burden it places on the residents of Massachusetts. Currently, there is no known cure for asthma.
The Massachusetts Asthma Action Partnership (MAAP) is a program of Health Resources in Action (HRiA), whose mission is to reduce asthma health disparities and improve the quality of life for all people with asthma in the Commonwealth by coordinating statewide efforts. MAAP is the only statewide asthma partnership that links to local efforts across the state and brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to achieve sustainable statewide changes in the environment, education and quality of health care as they relate to asthma.
Healthy Housing: MAAP works with governments, organizations, community health centers, and individuals around the state to work to improve the quality of the indoor home environment. Specifically, the MAAP Healthy Housing subcommittee aims to reduce exposures to factors that cause and/or exacerbate asthma in the home setting.
Healthy Schools: Poor school environments not only impact the health of school and child care staff and students, but they also significantly interfere with learning. Massachusetts needs policy changes that reduce exposure to mold and other asthma triggers in schools and child care settings. The MAAP Healthy Schools subcommittee focuses on outlining policy and education activities to reduce exposures for both children and adults who learn, grow, teach and care take in school buildings and child care settings.
Health: The MAAP Health subcommittee seeks to improve systems of care and outcomes for all individuals with asthma in Massachusetts. To do this, it has developed a multi-pronged approach that includes increasing training opportunities for health professionals, developing additional measures and standards of care for asthma in Massachusetts, increasing the number of people with asthma who receive self-management education, increasing the number of health insurers who cover recommended asthma care, and transitioning to electronic asthma action plans.