The Montana Asthma Control Program
The Asthma Control Program at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human services is committed to improving the quality of life for all Montanans with asthma.
Montana state and local public health officials are monitoring the
novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation very closely.
Visit the Montana DPHHS Coronavirus website for information updated daily.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses, you can take simple steps to protect yourself and your family:
- Stay home if you’re sick,
- Avoid contact with sick people when possible,
- Cover your cough and sneezes with the crook of your elbow or a tissue
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and wash your hands frequently
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
People with asthma should take the following precautionary measures:
- Take your long term controller medication as prescribed
- Keep your rescue inhaler on you at all times
- Get your prescription filled to ensure you have enough medication for one month
- Get the seasonal flu vaccine
- Avoid gatherings and crowded places
- If you are feeling unwell and suspect you may have contracted the Coronavirus, before attending any appointments call ahead to talk through your symptoms and find out what you need to do. Please do not expose others to your condition.
- Follow advice from your local county health department and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Trusted Partners & Resources for coronavirus information
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
World Health Organization
Living with asthma
You might be one of almost 94,000 people in Montana who have asthma. Learning more about your asthma can help you take control; with well-controlled asthma, you can live a full, active life and experience few troubling symptoms.
One key component of asthma control is proper inhaler technique. Another is working with your team of health care professionals, including school nurses, pharmacists, and your primary care provider.
If your child has asthma, you may have access to an asthma home visiting program in your area to help you learn more about what his or her triggers are and how to avoid them. Other community programs to help with conditions such as diabetes and arthritis may also be available.
AAE’s National Asthma Educator Certification and Recertification Review Course
When: TBD- Postponed until further notice
Where: Helena, MT
Since 2000, the National Asthma Educator Certification Board has offered licensed health care professionals the opportunity to become certified asthma educators. The Association of Asthma Educator’s National Asthma Educator Certification and Re-certification Review Course will help you prepare to sit for the National Asthma Educator Certification Exam by providing an in-depth review of asthma education based on the National Asthma Educator Certification Exam matrix. Registration information will be available in March.
The Montana Asthma Advisory Group
When: May 7, 2020
Where: Helena, MT
The Montana Asthma Advisory Group, or MAAG, is a diverse team of stakeholders representing more than 25 agencies from across the state who meet regularly to provide guidance and advice on asthma control efforts statewide.
Air quality resources
Check out the Montana Dept of Public Health and Human Services website devoted to air quality resources to learn about staying healthy during poor air quality days all year round.