Award Winner: Genesee County Asthma Network

Genesee County Asthma Network

Focused on inner-city children in the Flint, Michigan area, the Genesee County Asthma Network (GCAN) is a comprehensive community-based program that delivers high quality asthma care through asthma and allergy specialists, physicians, and two registered nurses who are certified asthma educators. The asthma educators complete up to 200 home assessments each year where they identify asthma triggers, while an accompanying social worker identifies potential barriers to successful asthma management such as financial hardship, transportation, or family issues. Incentives and awards motivate patients and families to follow through with self-management advice. Classroom assessments (that identify and encourage schools to fix environmental problems) often complement home inspections and ensure that patients are well prepared to address their environmental asthma triggers. Asthma educators accompany patients on clinical visits to review medications and help develop a personalized asthma action plan. With the support of Hurley Medical Center and working with numerous partners in the community— including the American Lung Association, faith-based organizations, health providers and payers, and Habitat for Humanity, which built an asthma-friendly home for one patient’s family—GCAN has produced dramatic results. Asthma-related emergency department visits have dropped by 45 percent; hospitalizations by 25 percent.

Gina McCarthy, then Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. EPA, and Lisa Jackson, then Administrator, U.S. EPA, present Award to (from left to right) nPauline Sidiropoulos MSW, Michelle Cox RRT, Jan Roberts RN, Joni Zyber RN, and Lori McQuillan CHES of the Genesee County Asthma Network

May is Asthma Awareness Month

Participate in Asthma Awareness Month!

Each May, thousands of organizations across the U.S. join together for Asthma Awareness Month (AAM) to increase public awareness and improve the lives of children and families with asthma. Be part of this national effort to get asthma under control in communities nationwide!

Use the tools and resources identified below to plan and promote your program's AAM activities and events.

Become a Network Member

Joining is free!

Become a member and gain year-round access to resources, tools and cutting-edge strategies to drive your program. Register here!

Find and Share Resources

Visit the Resource Bank to find asthma action plans, evidence-based studies, outreach materials and other resources to help your program. Share educational material with your community during AAM.

Check out these Top 3 Resources:

  1. The Breathe Easies
    EPA Asthma Team
  2. Putting Together the Pieces to Manage Childhood Asthma
    Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc.
  3. Help Your Child Gain Control Over Asthma
    EPA Asthma Team

Plan AAM Events

Download EPA's AAM Event Planning Kit for ideas for outreach and awareness activities, media tips and much more. Then add your activities to the Events Calendar! Share your AAM stories about events and activities on the Blog.

Identify Partners in Your Community

Find partners in your area by searching the Community Program Profiles on

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