Mission: To reduce the burden of asthma and improve the health and quality of life for all persons affected by asthma through effective control of the disease.
Asthma affects an estimated 24 million people in the United States and is characterized as the most common chronic childhood disease. According to the 2013 Georgia Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS), Georgia’s asthma prevalence rate of children ages 0-17 was 10.8%, and higher than the U.S. rate (9.2%).
In 2015, there were 2,069 ER visits (1136.7 per 100,000) and 150 asthma-related hospitalizations (82.4 per 100,000) within the 0-17 age group in Cobb County. Douglas County had 634 asthma-related ER visits (1,691 per 100,000) and 33 hospitalizations (88 per 100,000) within the same age range. In Cobb County, children between the ages of 0-4 had the highest rates of asthma-related emergency room visits although the Georgia prevalence for the disease is nearly two times greater in the 5-9 age group.
Through education, awareness, and policy development, Cobb & Douglas Public Health works to ensure asthma management starts early. In collaboration with the Georgia Asthma Control Program, CDPH partners with schools and childcare centers to help create and maintain an asthma-friendly environment which helps children affected by the chronic disease learn and thrive.