New York's Action Against Asthma

Although there is no cure for asthma, much more is known about it today than was known 20 years ago. Much of the fight against asthma involves education, improving access to quality asthma care and changing lifestyles to eliminate environmental factors that trigger asthma (For more information: Frequently Asked Questions ).

New York has many programs aimed at reducing the burden of asthma, such as the Regional Asthma Coalitions, Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP), Medicaid, The NYS State of Health Official Health Plan Marketplace and School Based Health Centers.

Together with providers of medical care, researchers, community-based organizations, professional societies, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, businesses, federal, state, local and tribal government agencies, and people with asthma and their families, New York will continue the fight against asthma. The New York State Asthma Plan 2006-2011 provides the blueprint for action.

Asthma Plan and Initiatives


New York is committed to improving the quality of life for those with asthma and their families.

The goals of the NYS Asthma Plan for 2006-2011 are:

  • Seamless, evidence-based, patient/family centered asthma care exists for all New Yorkers with asthma.
  • Disparities in asthma diagnosis, treatment and outcomes are eliminated.
  • "Asthma-friendly" communities exist in New York.
  • Policy makers, health care providers and consumers have an increased understanding of asthma and treat and manage asthma effectively.
  • A statewide public/private collaboration exists to shape, implement and monitor New York's action which will improve asthma outcomes in New York.

Working in close collaboration with our statewide partners, especially in New York City, where asthma hospital discharge rates are the highest, there are many initiatives underway to meet these goals. The NYS Asthma Program has four focus areas:

  1. Surveillance and Program Evaluation;
  2. Health Care;
  3. Community-Based Initiatives;
  4. Environmental and Occupational Health.