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Asthma Alliance of North Carolina

The CDC is no longer funding the NC Asthma Program, but the Asthma Alliance of North Carolina is still active, meets regularly, and presents the NC Asthma Summit each year.

Asthma Alliance of North Carolina

Quarterly AANC Meetings

2024 NC Asthma Summit: Asthma Management with a SMARTT Approach


May 9, 2024 | 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM


The optional pre-Summit AAE Educational Activity is the afternoon of May 8, 2024, 12 - 4 PM. Becoming an Asthma Educator and Care Manager (BAECM) For more information and to register, go to the AAE course weblink.

Register for the Summit here:


 Previous Asthma Summits and Events

2021 Asthma Summit: Reimagining Asthma Care in a Digital World

2019 N.C. Asthma Summit: Team-Based Asthma Care

The 2019 N.C. Asthma Summit was held on May 1, in Burlington, N.C. Details

2019 Asthma Alliance Quarterly Meetings

Asthma Alliance Meeting, January 16, 2019: NC Asthma Statistics (PPT, 6 MB)

2018 N.C. Asthma Summit: Population Health and Personalized Asthma Management

The 2018 N.C. Asthma Summit was held on Tuesday, May 8, in Burlington, N.C. Details

2017 Asthma Summit

May 24, 2017

North Carolina Regional Asthma Summit and Healthy Homes Environmental Exposures Symposium

September 13, 2016

A forum for bringing public health, housing, and environmental stakeholders together to build strong partnerships to deliver effective in-home asthma interventions including exploring sustainable reimbursement mechanisms by health care insurers and more.

2016 North Carolina Asthma Summit

May 17, 2016

The 2016 Asthma Summit provided attendees an opportunity to study national guidelines for asthma, discuss population-based healthcare, and explore many more topics that focus on providing good asthma care in North Carolina.

2015 North Carolina Asthma Summit

March 3-4, 2015

Explore Evidence-Based Strategies in Asthma Management

The two-day summit included a full-day training (day one) on healthy homes for community health workers and showcased some of the evidence-based multi-component, multi-trigger asthma home assessment programs implemented in North Carolina on day two. An expert panel on challenges with implementing an asthma home assessment program, specifically looking at environmental, legal and health care challenges was also presented on day two. The second day included breakout sessions on environmental, clinical and public health resources.

2014 North Carolina Asthma Summit

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
7:45 AM - 3:30 PM
NC Biotechnology Center, Research Triangle Park

The 2014 North Carolina Asthma Summit featured a healthcare provider panel discussing "Thorny Issues for Asthma Care". Dr. Teresa Bratton, MD, FAAAAI, FAAP, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Bratton is the American Academy of Pediatrics Asthma Chapter Champion for North Carolina.

The Asthma Summit is held annually and provides an excellent opportunity for asthma champions throughout North Carolina to showcase success stories and strategies for addressing the burden of asthma in various communities.

2013 North Carolina Asthma Summit

North Carolina Asthma Success Stories

Asthma Coalition Update: 2013 North Carolina Asthma Summit (PDF, 1.5 MB) - The Asthma Summit is an annual event sponsored by the Asthma Alliance of North Carolina.

 2013 North Carolina Asthma Summit Presentations

2013 North Carolina Asthma Summit

NC Environmental Challenges and Strategies:
Help Eliminate and Minimize Exposure for the Asthma Population
May 7, 2013

Program Schedule

8:00 - 8:30: Registration and Exhibits  

8:30 - 8:45: Welcome/AANC Information: Asthma Alliance of North Carolina; Lisa Johnson, Karin Yeatts

8:45 – 9:45: Keynote: Reducing Environmental Exposures for Patients with Asthma (PDF, 905 KB); Dr. Betsey Tilson, MD, MPH; Medical Director, Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties

9:45-10:15: Plenary: Asthma, Allergies and Air Quality: Current Science and Educational Tools (PDF, 2.2 MB); Amy MacDonald, MS; Neasha Graves, MPA; UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility, Community Outreach and Engagement Core

10:15 – 10:30: Break - Storyboards and Exhibits

10:30 – 10:40: Asthma Champion Award Presentation; Asthma Summit Planning Committee

10:40 – 11:40: Healthcare Providers Panel: NC Environmental Challenges and Strategies; Dr. Margaret Donohoe, Melinda Shuler, Dr. Ceila Loughlin, Dr. Marzena Krawiec, Ann Nichols

11:45 – 12:30: Breakout Session I

12:30 – 1:30: Lunch - Storyboards and Exhibits

1:30 – 2:15: Breakout Session II

2:15 - 2:25: Break - Storyboards and Exhibits

2:25– 3:25: Asthma Strategies and Resources Panel; Elaine Loyack, Gabrielle Steele, June Blotnick, Kamona Herring, Pam Hines Orr, Merle Price

3:25-3:45: Wrap-up and Evaluations; Lisa Johnson, Karin Yeatts



For more information or if you are interested in joining the AANC, please contact either Karin Yeatts or Lisa Feierstein by email. We have a member listserv, all are welcome. Soon we will also have a Facebook option. The State Asthma Program number is 919-707-5213.

Who We Are

The Asthma Alliance of North Carolina (AANC) is a partnership of local and state government agencies, academic institutions, local asthma coalitions, non-profits and private industry working collaboratively to address asthma.


To reduce asthma morbidity and mortality for all people in North Carolina through a comprehensive public health approach.


The Asthma Alliance of North Carolina was born out of another statewide asthma initiative – the North Carolina Childhood Asthma Management Task Force. In 1998, the state health director convened the Task Force in response to the rising number of children with asthma symptoms. Its charge was to assess pediatric asthma and recommend ways to more effectively address this disease from both state and local levels. The resulting Task Force report became the foundation for building a comprehensive, cohesive system of care for children and adults with asthma.

In spring of 2000, the Task Force broadened its focus to include adult asthma, established a more formal organizational structure, and changed its name to the Asthma Alliance. The Alliance serves as an “umbrella” group to ensure coordination and collaboration among the many asthma-related organizations in this state. Our partner, the NC Division of Public Health, has established a program infrastructure that is helping to move the Alliance forward and strengthen the relationships between this statewide effort and local initiatives. Most recently, the Alliance played a key advisory role in the development and now in the implementation of the North Carolina Asthma Plan 2007-2012.


Asthma Alliance members work in 3 committees centered around education for health professionals and patients, reducing environmental asthma hazards, changing public and private asthma-related policies, collecting data, and building local asthma coalitions.

More Committee Information

Several committees form the backbone of the Alliance – Education and Public Awareness, Environmental, and Medical Management. Alliance members work in committees centered around education for health professionals and patients, reducing environmental asthma hazards, changing public and private asthma-related policies, collecting data, and building local asthma coalitions. While Asthma Policy and Surveillance do not have standing committees at this time, these two crucial elements are addressed as part of each Alliance Committee meeting. Committees are dedicated to implementing the goals, objectives, and activities that each helped develop for the North Carolina Asthma Plan 2007-2012.

Education and Public Awareness

Goal: Assure appropriate, population-based asthma care education, programs and resources for persons with asthma and parents of children with asthma. This committee is working to:

  1. improve asthma education for child care staff, teachers, school nurses, parents and patients;
  2. identify, design and disseminate appropriate patient and parent educational materials; and
  3. publicize national, state and local asthma resources.


Goal: Identify, develop and promote effective asthma-related environmental interventions. This committee is working to:

  1. ensure indoor air quality assessment and management training is available for local environmental health specialists, schools, homes and others;
  2. identify and reduce exposure to outdoor asthma triggers;
  3. explore correlations between environmental exposure and health impact;
  4. test effectiveness of low-cost environmental interventions in homes, schools and child cares; and
  5. monitor Sanitation Rules governing child care centers, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other institutional facilities to include environment trigger control requirements.

Medical Management

Goal: Ensure the appropriate diagnosis and management of asthma by health professionals. This committee is working to:

  1. increase number of qualified health professionals serving areas with high asthma prevalence;
  2. promote the use of best practices, guidelines and data related to the diagnosis and management of asthma;
  3. train and certify health care professionals in asthma education and identify “asthma champions” within healthcare offices and clinics;
  4. create supportive measures to help clinicians incorporate asthma guidelines into their practices;
  5. increase the number of individuals with asthma who have written asthma actions from their healthcare provider; and
  6. improve the quality of asthma care for all patients, especially Medicaid enrollees and the uninsured.







Updated: April 13, 2021