New Mexico Council on Asthma

About us

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Vision:

Mission:

 

Communities working together to improve the health and quality of life for New Mexicans with asthma


To reduce asthma health disparities and improve the quality of life for all people with asthma in New Mexico by coordinating statewide efforts, bringing together community organizations and others to achieve sustainable statewide changes in the environment, education and quality of health as they relate to asthma.

 

Goal 1

Coordinate data sharing and efforts from all organizations with asthma interests to obtain a picture of the state of asthma in New Mexico, concentrating on improving the quality of life of New Mexicans with asthma.

Goal 2

Increase asthma education of health care providers and promote the use of NAEPP EPR-3 Guidelines (or any new versions) recommended standards of care.

Goal 3

Educate patients, families, schools, and communities in order to reduce asthma hospitalizations rates and regional and ethnic disparities in asthma health outcomes.

Goal 4

Participate in legislative advocacy for school based health reforms that affect the access to emergency treatment of asthma and anaphylaxis in the school setting.



Administrative Committee

 

Education Committee

Members:
Patricia Marshik (co-chair), UNM: pmarshik@salud.unm.edu
Matthew Cross-Guilen (co-chair), DOH: matthew.cross@state.nm.us
Alice Marosi: amarosi@comcast.net
Francine Caffey, UNM: fcaffey@salud.unm.edu
Michelle Wigley, UNM: ewigley@unm.edu
RuthAnn Begay Goradia, APS: goradia_r@aps.edu

Policy Committee


Supports/Maintains administrative and communications functions
and infrastructure development. 

  • Development of council infrastructure
  •  Maintain NMCOA meeting/communications records, participant roster and maintenance of NMCOA website
  • Evaluates the work of the NMCOA to ensure adherence to strategic plan goals

Education initiatives for professionals or private individuals. 

  • Increasing the number of and demand for certified asthma educators (AE‐C).
  • Implementation of existing or new educational programs.
  • Increase asthma education of health care providers, patients, families, schools and communities

 

Pursue policy initiatives to increase access to medications and education

  • Collaborate with health insurance companies to increase reimbursement rates for asthma self-management education provided by certified asthma educators and other non-physician healthcare providers.
  • Update the state list of certified asthma educators annually
  • Participate in legislative advocacy for school based health reforms that affect the access to emergency treatment of asthma and anaphylaxis in the school setting.