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Asthma Control Program

People living with asthma can lead healthy, active lives.  Our goal is to reduce the burden of asthma and improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania residents who are affected by asthma in any way.

Here you will find information and assistance on:

What is Asthma?

What Causes Asthma?

How is Asthma Diagnosed?

How is Asthma Treated?

Asthma Triggers

Getting Help to Quit Smoking and Using Tobacco

Use of Asthma Inhalers in Schools (Pa. Law - Act 187)

Links to More Information on Asthma

Local and Regional Asthma Programs in Pennsylvania

The Burden of Asthma in Pennsylvania (Asthma Surveillance)

Asthma Publications

School Asthma Action Plan


For asthma data requests, please fill out and submit the following form: click here.

For general questions about asthma, contact us. (please copy and paste the following email address into your email program and send): askasthma@pa.gov  



Since its inception in July 2007, the Pennsylvania Asthma Partnership (PAP) has been working diligently to reduce the burden of asthma throughout Pennsylvania.   To assist consumers, community organizations, and healthcare workers alike the Partnership has developed a new website www.PAasthma.org. This website features:

  • Downloadable Pennsylvania Pediatric Asthma Toolkit, updated for the new NHLBI/NAEPP  EPR-3 Guidelines
  • Partnership activities updates
  • Online resources
  • Basic asthma information
  • Spanish information links 
  • Medication assistance resources
  • List of local programs and state-wide programs for Pennsylvania
  • 2006 Pennsylvania  Asthma Action Plan 
  • Pennsylvania Burden Report
  • Information on the Partnership
  • List of Partnership members

Pennsylvania ’s Plan to Reduce the Burden of Asthma:

The 2008 Pennsylvania Asthma Focus Report: Inpatient Hospitalizations with a Primary Discharge Diagnosis of Asthma describes the burden of asthma on Pennsylvania’s population for 2003-2006 through a detailed and comprehensive analysis of inpatient hospitalizations with the primary discharge diagnosis of asthma. The report provides information concerning age-adjusted asthma hospitalization rates, average and total hospitalization charges, and average length of stay by sex, race/ethnicity and age group throughout the state as well as in Pennsylvania counties and districts.  It is anticipated that the report will assist public health programs and policy makers to design solutions for the reduction of asthma hospitalization rates.  


The Pennsylvania Asthma Action Plan 2012 (2.12 MB) is a comprehensive statewide plan created to reduce the burden of asthma in Pennsylvania.  It was developed by a coalition of over 20 private and public groups around Pennsylvania under the coordination of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  It is a ‘blueprint’ to be used by all who share the vision of coordinating efforts to improve asthma control in Pennsylvania.


The 2012 Pennsylvania Asthma Burden Report (2.44 MB) is a key source that illustrates and defines the burden of asthma in Pennsylvania.  It presents data associated with asthma prevalence, health care, hospitalization and deaths related to asthma in the Commonwealth.


The 2006 Pennsylvania Mold Management Task Force Addendum.  Pennsylvania adopted, as minimal standards, the 2000 New York City (NYC) Guidelines on the Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments.  These Guidelines were updated by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in 2008.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health, in its pursuit to prevent disease and assure the safe delivery of quality healthcare to all commonwealth citizens, has adopted the 2008 NYC Guidelines.



Contact the Pennsylvania Asthma Control Program:

Asthma Control Program 

Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction
Telephone:  (717) 787-5876    Fax:  (717) 425-5373                                                                                                                      
Pennsylvania Department of Health
625 Forster Street

Health and Welfare Building, Room 1000
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120-0701

The Pennsylvania Asthma Control Program is funded by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to “Address Asthma from a Public Health Perspective”