Northeast Medical & Scientific Branch - Resources
American Lung Association Resources for Health Professionals
- Better Breathers Clubs are the American Lung Association's support group meetings taking place throughout the Northeast for peer support and patient education.
- Find out more about the facilitator-led Freedom From Smoking® small group sessions and the Freedom From Smoking® Online Program.
- Download a complete overview of New England Smoking Cessation Resources
- American Lung Association Tobacco Control Policy Resources
- The American Lung Association's Lung HelpLine is an essential information resource for health professionals and patients, staffed by Registered Nurses and Registered Respiratory Therapists. 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872), M-F 8 am - 10 pm EST
- Find out about the American Lung Association’s research awards and grants and discover what professional grant opportunities are currently available.
- The American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network is the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma treatment research.
- Lung Cancer Clinical Trials Call to Action is a free, confidential, personalized service to help those diagnosed with lung cancer understand more about available clinical trials.
- For 13 years, the American Lung Association has analyzed data from the state air quality monitors to compile the State of the Air Report. The report includes in-depth updated data and references related to the health effects of air quality.
- The American Lung Association has a new online resource on the issue of smokefree multi-unit housing, Smokefree Policies in Multi-Unit Housing: Steps for Success. The primary audience for this course is public health advocates who are new or fairly new to this topic. It can also serve as a resource for property managers, residents and others. The online course is hosted at Lung.org/smokefreehousing. A username and password is needed for the course which can be requested by emailing [email protected]. The course takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete, depending upon how many sections you explore. It isn’t necessary to complete it in one sitting.
- Download the American Lung Association’s policy brief, Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing, Bring Healthy Air Home.
- The American Lung Association has released guidelines to aid physicians and their patients in discussions about lung cancer screening, based on the National Cancer Institute National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST) findings. Read more and access the CT Lung Cancer Screening recommendations.
- An American Lung Association Online Toolkit - Tobacco Cessation and the Affordable Care Act
External Links and Resources for Health Professionals
- Immunization Action Coalition – Vaccination Information for Healthcare Professionals
- Flu.gov for Health Professionals offers guidance, checklists and information to assist healthcare providers and service organizations in planning and responding to seasonal flu or pandemic flu outbreak.
- Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2011 This document provides updated guidance regarding vaccine strains for the 2011-12 influenza season, the vaccination schedule for children aged 6 months through 8 years, and considerations regarding vaccination of persons with egg allergy.
- The Massachusetts Department of Public health has put together a flyer summarizing their flu resources to promote vaccination among the general public, and includes some selected resources from the CDC. Download the flyer here.
- The National Association of Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP) Medical Directors COPD Resource Center is designed to provide medical directors, practicing physicians and patients with the most up to date information on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) diagnosis and treatment and features several tools that can help both physicians and patients manage the disease.
- The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) works with health care professionals and public health officials to raise awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The site includes the GOLD pocket guide and the spirometry guide.
- The NHLBI COPD Learn More Breathe Better® Campaign Website has a range of resources for health professionals and patients.
- The NHLBI coordinates the National Asthma Control Initiative and The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP).
- National Asthma Educator Certification Board website is a resource for currently Certified Asthma Educators (AE-Cs) and those considering certification.
- Download the American Lung Association’s Asthma Action Plan - a valuable, individualized worksheet developed between healthcare providers and patients.
- Asthma resources and tools are available to help school nurses prepare students and their families for the school year. See Lung.org/asthma to find out more about available resources and tools for school nurses.
- CDC resources for health professionals on asthma and TB
- Connecticut DPH TB Control Program providing full information about the department’s free provision of nucleic acid amplification (NAA) testing on tuberculosis clinical specimens using the GEN-PROBE® AMPLIFIED™ Mycobacterium tuberculosis Direct (MTD) Test for the rapid and reliable detection of M. tuberculosis.
- ASTHMA IQ for Primary Care is free to any health care provider taking care of patients with asthma. This HIPAA-compliant Web-based clinical decision support tool allows health professionals to guide and track the care of patients with asthma and to generate reports to satisfy pay-for-performance requirements. It also includes a CME educational module on the EPR-3 asthma guidelines, and a Practice Improvement Module (PIM) approved for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV credit by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).
- Asthma Among Older Adults is a bulletin from the Massachusetts Asthma Prevention and Control Program which provides an epidemiologic overview of asthma among adults aged 65 and older in Massachusetts. The report highlights the disparate burden of asthma experienced by older adults in Massachusetts and the need for effective interventions.
- Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.
- The American Lung Association of the Northeast has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to produce a brochure geared at patients who may have work-related asthma. Download the preview brochure here. All diagnoses of work-related asthma in Massachusetts should be reported to MassDPH using this confidential reporting form.
- The Environmental Protection Agency’s Science & Technology Health Gateway provides a number of resources for those interested in the health impacts of environmental exposures.
- The AIRNow website can provide your patients with real-time ozone air quality maps and gives access to their air quality email alert service.
- Climate Change and Respiratory Health Webinar from the American Lung Association in California.
- Climate Change and Human Health ATS Official Workshop Report.
- Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine including the Smoke-Free Housing Coalition of Maine, the Maine Tobacco-Free College Network and the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network
- A new Guidance Document from the Connecticut Department of Public Health aims to explain the relationship between indoor mold exposure and illness, assist clinicians with the diagnosis of mold-related illness and summarize current recommendations for clinical and environmental testing.
- A guide for Citizens Affected by Mold and Moisture in New Hampshire Buildings "Standard of Care for the New Hampshire Mold Industry."
- ActionToQuit is a tobacco control initiative sponsored by Partnership for Prevention. It urges all sectors – health care systems, employers, insurers, government agencies, quitlines, and policymakers – to work together to develop and promote sound tobacco control policies. Action to Quit has added a Behavioral Health Resource section to their website in recognition of the critical need for information and cessation services for those who live with mental illness.
- Legacy is the national public health organization dedicated to building a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. The site includes a wealth of tobacco related data, research and fact sheets including The Hidden Epidemic: Tobacco Use and Mental Illness. The publication seeks to call attention to the issue of the high prevalence of tobacco use and nicotine dependence among people with mental illnesses and to highlight barriers to effective tobacco-cessation efforts to help people with mental illnesses quit.
- The University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention’s practical guide for hospitals “Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence in Hospitalized Patients” is here.
- SmokefreeTXT is a free text message cessation service led by the National Cancer Institute that provides 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to teens trying to quit smoking. Teens can sign up online at teen.smokefree.gov or by texting QUIT to iQUIT (47848).
- Trinkets & Trash is an online surveillance system and archive of tobacco products and tobacco industry marketing materials. The website is a useful online resource to educate the general public about the types of tobacco industry practices, as well as a tool for scholarly research into tobacco industry products and practices.
- Sleep Section Article regarding delayed school start times for adolescents
- Further information on Shisha/Hookah from Cardio Wellness: Booklet and Leaflet.
- The American Public Health Association's website on health reform has recently been updated with some useful new content and resources.
Insurance and Prescription Assistance Resources in the Northeast - Signposting for your Patients
Clinical Research and Evidence-based Resources
- The National Guideline Clearinghouse is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.
- A registry and results database of federally and privately supported clinical trials can be found at ClinicalTrials.gov.
- PubMed comprises more than 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
- The American Thoracic Society – dedicated to advancing the clinical and scientific understanding of pulmonary diseases, critical illnesses and sleep-related breathing disorders.
- The American Association for Respiratory Care – the professional society for respiratory therapists in hospitals and with home care companies, managers of respiratory and cardiopulmonary services, and educators who provide respiratory care training.
- Northeast Societies for Respiratory Care can be found here: Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York.
- COPD Foundation
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Do you have links or resources that would be valuable to your health professional colleagues in the Northeast? Email [email protected] with your contributions.