Asthma Surveillance

Asthma Surveillance can be defined as the ongoing systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of asthma-related data for use in planning, implementing, and evaluating public health practice.

Asthma in New England

The Asthma Regional Council has been tracking asthma in the New England region over a six year period, primarily analyzing survey data collected through the state-based Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).  The BRFSS is an ongoing state based telephone survey conducted in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and some territories which interviews randomly-selected non-institutionalized adults about their health, preventive health care, health conditions and risk factors.

In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region I (New England), ARC has conducted several multi-state analyses that provide insight into the disease’s prevalence and burden, raise important questions and concerns, and allow the region to explore the potential for collective interventions.

In 2006, ARC issued the report The Burden of Asthma in New England, using data from the 2004 BRFSS and the 2003-2004 National Survey of Children’s Health to provide information on the burden and prevalence of asthma on children and their families in the region. Among other significant findings, this analysis suggested that New England asthma rates are both consistently and significantly higher than in other U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regions of the country.

The Burden of Asthma in New England [Summary | Full Report]

Other ARC Surveillance Publications:

Adult Asthma in New England (2003)
Child Asthma in New England (2004)
ARC’s first report on the status of asthma in New England, issued in two parts in 2003 and early 2004, was based on adult and child results from the 2001 BRFSS.

Using Medicaid Data to Track Asthma in New England: A Status Report by ARC (2004)
This report assesses the value of mining Medicaid data for population-based asthma information.

Regional Surveillance Resources

State-based surveillance reports

EPA Region I (New England) Asthma Maps

Maine Health Information Center

New Hampshire Comprehensive Health Care Information System (CHIS)

The Massachusetts Community Health Information Profile (MassCHIP)

Massachusetts Occupational Health Surveillance Program

National Surveillance Resources

CDC National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program

CDC Asthma Surveillance Data

American Lung Association – Data and Statistics

Work-Related Lung Disease (WoRLD) Surveillance System