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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.

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.

Upcoming events

2020 Big Sky Pulmonary Conference
When: March 5-7, 2020 
Where: Fairmont Hot Sprints Resort- Anaconda, MT

The Big Sky Pulmonary Conference is a continuing education conference for health professionals, which will highlight promising methods of preventing and managing respiratory illness and associated risk factors according to evidence-based guidelines. Sessions will be presented by physicians and other health professionals including experts in sleep medicine, pediatric and adult pulmonary care, allergy, and immunology. This year, some of the topics include lung cancer, acute pulmonary embolism, respiratory medication devices for the treatment of asthma and COPD, dyspnea in the outpatient setting, asthma treatment guidelines in the US and throughout the world, pediatric OSA, respiratory issues in Indian Country and more. To learn more about the conference and to register, visit the conference website.

AAE’s National Asthma Educator Certification and Recertification Review Course
When: May 1-2, 2020
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. 

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.