Public-Health in the 406

Montana Asthma Control Program

The Montana Asthma Control Program is committed to improving the quality of life for all Montanans with asthma. To address the burden of asthma in Montana, the Asthma Control Program (MACP) was created in July 2007 with funding allocated by the MT State Legislature. The MACP was awarded additional funding in the form of 5-year competitive grants from the CDC’s National Asthma Control Program in 2009, 2014, and 2019. The program is housed within the Public Health and Safety Division (PHSD) of the MT Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS).

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.

Asthma News

Montana Asthma Home Visiting Program (MAP) Expansion 
As of May of 2022, the MAP is accepting referrals from providers and individuals for Montanans living in all 56 counties. 9 local MAP sites will continue to provide in-person home visiting services in as many as 25 counties, while virtual home visiting is available in the remaining 31 counties. Participants receive asthma education, a home environmental assessment, asthma trigger reduction tools, and referrals to community services. All participants must have a confirmed asthma diagnosis. Providers can refer patients in a number of ways and individuals can self-refer to the program using the referral portal in the right hand menu section of this website. See the Asthma Home Visiting Program page for more details. 

Asthma and COVID-19
State and local public health officials are monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely. 
The MACP is following state guidelines and working with partners at the local, state, and national level to communicate consistent and accurate information with the public.
Visit the Montana DPHHS Coronavirus website for information updated weekly.

Upcoming events   

Montana Asthma Advisory Group Meeting 
When: January 19th, 2023 
Where: Virtual

Check back later for more details

Big Sky Pulmonary Conference

When: March 2-4, 2023

Where: Fairmont Hot Springs and online via Zoom

For more information check out the Big Sky Pulmonary website

Air Quality Resources

Visit the Montana Dept of Public Health and Human Services website devoted to air quality resources  to learn about how you can stay healthy during poor air quality days year round.