Wisconsin Asthma Program
The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS) has been conducting asthma surveillance activities since 1992 and asthma interventions since 1994. Since 2001 the Wisconsin Asthma Program has expanded its activities under a cooperative agreement with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2003, the Wisconsin Asthma Plan was adopted to provide the blueprint for addressing asthma as a public health priority, and lists the prioritized goals, objectives, and activities recommended for statewide action to reduce the burden of asthma in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Asthma Coalition has been accomplishing many of its goals through various activities addressed within each section of the WAP. DHFS comprehensively addresses the burden of asthma through surveillance, partnerships and interventions. Forming strong collaborations and partnerships with key asthma stakeholders around the state has been one of the program’s greatest strengths over the past 15 years.