Partnership for Asthma Action

Partners for Asthma Action is a community collaborative in the Twin Cities to improve the health and quality of care for children (0-18 yrs). Throughout the cities, the project has 15 different interventions with broad scope to make an impact in the lives of kids with asthma. The Project began in 2001 to provide leadership, direction, and infrastructure to address the needs of children with asthma and their families. The Project strives to bring a multi-disciplinary approach to asthma, actively seeking out opportunities for partnerships and linking people together. Visit Partners for Asthma Action website.

Controlling Asthma Project Gets Published
The American Lung Association in Minnesota and Partners for Asthma Action (formerly Controlling Asthma Project) is please to share two peer-reviewed journal articles based on the eight year Controlling Asthma in American Cities Project. These areticles were release in the CDC-led February 2011 edition of the Jounral of Urban Health.

1. Population-based Assessment of Asthma Symptom Burden in children: by Angie Carlson and Jill Heins Nesvold

2. Building a Partnership with Health Plans: The Minneapolis and St. Paul Controlling Asthma in American Cities Project Experience: By Jill Heins Nesvold, Angie Carlson, and Janny Brust

 Click here for a final pdf for both of these articles. 


Spirometry Trainings
The American Lung Association in Minnesota in partnership with the Minnesota COPD Coalition is hosting a Spirometry webinar series. These webinars are available at no charge and will be on a variety of topics. The kick-off of the series was held on the first World Spirometry Day on October 14, 2010. 

  1. Basic Spirometry
  2. Differential Diagnosis: Asthma and COPD
  3. April, 2011


 Upcoming Meeting  Date   Time  Topic
 Peer Discussion
 Thurs January 20  8:15 - 9:45 a.m.   Role of the certified asthma educator
 Joint School Nurs Training meeting & Webinar
 Tues March 29    
 Peer Discussion
 April  8:15 - 9:45 a.m.  Asthma care packages
 Peer Discussion
 October  8:15 - 9:45 a.m.  TBD

Partnership Organizations

  • Children's Hospitals and Clinics
  • Health Partners
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Medica Health Plans
  • Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support
  • Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Minneapolis Urban League
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • Saint Paul Public Schools
  • Saint Paul-Ramsey County Department of Public Health
  • UCare of Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Individual Partners

  • Gail Brottman, MD
  • Molly Ekstrand, RPh, AE-C
  • Brenda Guyer, MD
  • Peter Harper, MD, MPH

To get involved with the Partnership for Asthma Action please contact Cynthia Piette at or 651-268-7587.