Asthma prevention and control
Asthma education and support for Boston residents. Support includes free home-based services, community outreach, and training.
Questions about our work? Want to learn more?
About the Program
Asthma is a serious problem in our community, but it can be controlled. Asthma is a cause of preventable hospitalization among children. Caring for children and loved ones with uncontrolled asthma often leads to missed workdays for caregivers. This page offers important asthma prevention and control resources for Boston residents.
Our program brings Boston’s schools, child-care, medical and housing providers, City, State, advocates and national agencies together to address asthma.
We work with individuals and agencies to address the medical, environmental, social, and economic factors that affect the high asthma rates in Boston.
Asthma information & services
Free Asthma Home Visit Services
Is my home making my asthma worse?
Our living environment can impact our asthma and we can work with you and your doctor to figure out the best plan to ensure a healthy living environment for you and your loved ones.
Check out our free asthma services and ask your doctor to make a referral to one or both programs. Having support from your medical providers is essential for proper asthma management and control.
Asthma Education & Home Support
Speak with a trained Community Health Worker about your questions and create a plan together.
Community Health Workers provide asthma help to Boston families. They address the conditions in homes that can trigger asthma symptoms. They are available by phone or video call. *Please Note: Asthma Home Visits will be conducted BY PHONE until further notice.
They help residents:
- Understand asthma, medications, and how to use them
- Understand and follow your Asthma Action Plan
- Understand your asthma triggers and how to address them
- Connect to other resources and support your needs
- Drop off asthma management and prevention supplies to your doorstep
Residents, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. More info here.
Providers, please complete this referral form. More info here.
Provider login to Breathe Easy Program (requires login with credentials to register).
Call BEAH coordinator at 617-534-2635 or email email@example.com.
Breathe Easy at Home
Works with your landlord to make repairs they are responsible for.
Sometimes home environments can trigger asthma in children. Medical professionals can refer these patients for housing inspections. These inspections are available for Boston renters. Breathe Easy at Home Update: ISD has been conducting virtual inspections. They remain in regular contact with both residents and landlords to correct violations.
The program addresses issues that a landlord may need to fix. Issues can include:
- Pests (rodents and roaches)
- Holes where pests enter
- Broken bathrooms/kitchen and vents
Keep Asthma in Check
Download our flyers to learn how to keep your asthma in check.
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- ABCD HeadStart Boston Health Nutrition Staff
- American Lung Association
- Asthma Allergy Foundation of America
- Asthma Educator Certification (AE-C)
- Asthma Swim (Boston Children's Hospital)
- Asthma Triggers (AAFA)
- Asthma Wellness: Keeping Students with Asthma in School and Learning
- Back to School Asthma Checklist
- Boston Children's Hospital Videos
- Boston Hospital Clinical Provider List - Asthma Contacts
- Boston Medical Center (Sickle Cell Disease)
- Boston Public Schools (BPS) Medication Authorization Form
- BPS Nursing Assignments by School
- BPS Superintendent's Circular - Asthma
- CDC Asthma and Flu
- Center for Disease Control
- Concussion Guide
- Exercised-Induced Asthma Fact Sheet
- Healthy Homes Checklist (AAFA)
- Health of Boston
- Health of Boston Chronic Disease - Asthma
- HIPAA-FERPA BPS English Release of Information
- How Asthma Friendly is your School?
- Immigration Assistance Referral List
- Is the Asthma Action Plan Working? A tool for School Nurse Assessment
- Managing Asthma: A Guide for Schools
- Massachusetts Asthma Action Plan (English)
- Massachusetts Asthma Action Plan (Spanish)
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- More Information on Exercised-Induced Asthma
- NAECB Asthma Guidelines - Quick Reference
- Oral Health Resources Brochure (Spanish)
- Parent Asthma Leaders, PAN
- Steps to Make Your Home Asthma Friendly (EPA)
- Teen Depression Fact Sheet Fall 2015
- Youth and Young Adult Asthma Flyer 2018
Covid-19 related resources
Renters should complete a Federal Eviction Moratorium Declaration Form and submit a signed copy to their landlord. The federal eviction moratorium expires January 31, 2021, and ensures that no judge can order a tenant to leave their home if they have been unable to pay rent due to COVID-19.
Visit the Boston Office of Housing Stability website to download fillable PDFs of the declaration in 11 languages.
- ABCD (List of ABCD Locations) - Contact ABCD to find child care in your area. Residents outside of Boston can contact the ABCD location nearest them for referrals to local childcare agencies in their area
- Child Care Choices of Boston - Access support related to finding childcare and using and renewing child care vouchers
- Licensed childcare search (MA Dept of Early Education and Care) - Access a list of licensed child care programs across Massachusetts
- Federal Child Care and Development Fund (US Dept of Health and Human Services) - Assistance for low-income families who need child care due to work, work-related training, and/or attending school
- Boston Public Schools remote learning resources
- Contact your child’s school
- MA Dept. of Education - Find a list of resources to help access the Internet and practice Internet safety for households with children enrolled in remote learning
- Tech Goes Home - Access COVID-19 resources for families and students in Boston in need of Chromebook setup, Internet access, digital learning courses, and Zoom support
- EveryoneOn.org - Find out if you qualify for low-cost internet access and computers
- MassHire - Job search, training, and skill-building for job seekers
- Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development - Job search, networking, educational and job training programs, workshops, recruitment events
- MA Department of Unemployment Assistance – Access unemployment insurance and temporary income assistance