Get to know MAAP
Who are we?
- The Massachusetts Asthma Action Partnership (MAAP) is a program of Health Resources in Action that was established in 2009 with support from the MA Department of Public Health
- MAAP brings together state agencies, local health and human service organizations, health care providers, and housing and education stakeholders to reduce asthma health disparities and improve the quality of life for all people with asthma in the Commonwealth.
- MAAP is the only statewide asthma partnership that links local efforts across the state and brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to achieve sustainable statewide changes in the environment, education and quality of health care as they relate to asthma.
Why are we needed?
- In 2012 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 8% of adults and 9.3% of children in the United States have asthma. In 2013, 11.4% of adults in Massachusetts reported having asthma. Massachusetts has one of the highest rates of asthma in adults and children among the United States.
What do we do?
- The focus of MAAP's efforts is improving asthma for adults and children across the Commonwealth, especially in those regions with high asthma hospitalization rates.
- Currently MAAP and its members are working to support the goals and objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan for Asthma in Massachusetts: 2015-2020.
- On May 1, 2018, MAAP hosted an event at the MA State House entitled "Making Asthma Uncommon in the Commonwealth: Commemorating World Asthma Day." We convened a range of stakeholders and MAAP members to raise awareness of asthma as a priority at the State level, and Sen. Jason Lewis announced the proclamation of May as Asthma Awareness Month in Massachusetts.