Learning as we grow : evaluation highlights from National Asthma Control Program grantees
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Learning as we grow : evaluation highlights from National Asthma Control Program grantees

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      Asthma is a major health concern. Almost 26 million people have asthma in the United States, and the costs to society are estimated to be over $56 billion annually. Asthma is controllable, and since 1999, the National Asthma Control Program (NACP), in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch (APRHB), has been working with national and state-level partners to promote strategies and programs that will reduce this burden and help persons with asthma lead healthy, productive lives.

      To highlight the importance of good evaluation and to recognize states for their achieve- ments, the NACP Evaluation Award program was created. Starting in 2013, and repeated in 2014, state asthma programs nominated evaluations that demonstrated valuable use of findings. These nominated evaluations underwent a standardized review process that included both internal (within NACP) and external (outside NACP) reviewers. This compendium showcases the awarded evaluations that exemplify the value and utility of evaluation. Also included are summaries of high quality evaluations that, although not nominated for an award, deserve recognition for their merit. On the following pages you will read stories written by state asthma programs illustrating how the asthma programs evaluated their work and used their findings to improve and enhance their efforts to better serve persons with asthma. The stories are grouped into sections by the type of initiative they were evaluating (partnerships, surveillance, interventions).

      The NACP is honored to present these state achievements in evaluation and hopes as you read this document you will begin to appreciate the commitment that asthma programs have shown to achieving the best for persons and communities most in need. The stories in this compendium will hopefully serve to inspire more evaluation and program innovation.

      Suggested citation according to format of Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learning As We Grow: Evaluation Highlights from National Asthma Control Program Grantees. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch, May 2015.


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