|Michael F. Easley
|Carmen Hooker Odom
For Release: IMMEDIATE
|Contact: Carol Schriber|
New report spotlights the problem of asthma in N.C.
The Burden of Asthma in North Carolina 2006 looks at asthma in terms of morbidity, mortality, health care use, disease management and quality of life. It includes race, gender, age and geographic information, and identifies groups in North Carolina that are at the greatest risk for being adversely affected by asthma.
The report will help decisionmakers determine where state and local asthma prevention and treatment efforts should be focused.
“Asthma is a chronic disease of tremendous public health importance here in North Carolina,” said State Health Director Leah Devlin. “It poses both a health burden and an economic burden to individuals, families and the state.”
“The North Carolina Asthma Program and its largest partner, the Asthma Alliance of North Carolina, will use the data in this report to develop a five-year plan to reduce the burden among our populations that are most affected by the disease of asthma,” Devlin said.
The Asthma Alliance is a statewide partnership of local and state government agencies, academic institutions, local asthma coalitions, non-profits and private industry working collaboratively to address asthma.
Among the findings of the report are the following:
The Burden of Asthma report also found that some groups are disproportionately affected by asthma in North Carolina, including:
For more information about asthma and the state’s asthma program, see www.asthma.ncdhhs.gov.
|Public Affairs Office
101 Blair Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603