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• An estimated 7.3% of adults and 9.1% of children have asthma. This means that more than 1.4 million adults and 617,000 children have asthma in Texas.
• Asthma Medicaid expenditures totaled $28.7 million among adults and $91.9 million among children in 2013.
• Adult asthma prevalence is highest among females, blacks, current smokers, persons with medical insurance, persons with a lower household income, and those who were obese.
• The asthma mortality rate decreased from 11.5 per 1 million people in 2002 to 7.8 per 1 million people in 2012.
• Most pediatric asthma emergency department patients didn’t have an asthma action plan. The prevalence was highest among uninsured patients.
• About 36.0% of adults with current asthma missed one or more days of work due to their asthma in the past 12 months.
• Half of children with current asthma missed one or more days of school due to their asthma in the past 12 months.
Welcome to the Texas Asthma Control Program (TACP)
|| The TACP is located within the Chronic Disease Branch, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). It is supported by a Cooperative Agreement, Addressing Asthma from a Public Health Perspective with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In collaboration with other state organizations and community partners, the TACP strives to improve the quality of life for Texans living with asthma. Activities include conducting asthma surveillance, supporting and promoting state and local partnerships, promoting policies that address and improve asthma outcomes, funding effective interventions that increase asthma self-management and reduce the burden of asthma in Texas, and evaluating activities to guide the use of program resources and interventions.
TACP - Mission
Reduce the severity of asthma symptoms
Decrease preventable asthma morbidity
Decrease the number of emergency department hospital visits and deaths due to asthma in Texas
Improve the quality of life for Texans living with asthma
Many individuals and organizations in Texas are committed to ensuring proper asthma care and management for our population, have worked for many years and continue to work to prevent and reduce poor outcomes and improve the quality of life for Texans with asthma. Our appreciation and recognition is extended to the many asthma champions in Texas.
Texas Asthma Control Program
Texas Department of State Health Services
PO Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
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