Government Programs and Asthma Help
When a disease such as asthma strikes so many people – more than 20 million in the United States alone – private groups, hospitals and university research teams alike all dedicate time and money to research designed to help treat and ultimately prevent and cure the disease. While this is happening with asthma every day, there is another component to this issue that's important, and that's the help that's available via public means.
Both the federal and state–level governments have several programs available for people to take advantage of in search of asthma help, and below is just a brief overview of some of those opportunities and options for those who need them.
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
One of the central points of funding and awareness that comes from the government is a program that's part of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program is known as the National Asthma Control Program (NACP), and it provides funding to more than 30 states and the programs these states continue to operate. The NACP, in addition to funding, provides links and contact information to all of the different programs the states offer.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
In addition to the general duties taken on by the United States Environmental Protection Agency by way of providing information regarding asthma and how to avoid the commonly known triggers in the environment, the EPA also promotes and organizes an annual forum that's meant to bring people together for educational and networking purposes in an effort to advance fundraising, awareness and research.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
The NIEHS offers a plethora of information and research relevant to the study of asthma, and also offers many different programs and seminars in partnership with the EPA. The NIEHS is a subsidiary of the National Institute of Health and promotes asthma awareness by way of programming and advertising within every form of media.
Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has published an article that mentions the amendments recently enacted that add to the original list of protected classes under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Among them are asthma sufferers, who now by law cannot be discriminated against because of their overall health conditions. This is an important step towards recognizing the need and the proper course of action towards handling those who have asthma in the workplace.
As you see, there are many programs available for help with asthma. Obviously, the examples above are merely a small sample, but the bottom line is that if you need help with this disease, a lot is out there for you to take advantage of today.