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Res. No. 214


Resolution declaring the first Tuesday in May as World Asthma Day in New York City.


By Council Member Eugene

Whereas, According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asthma is a disease that affects the lungs and may cause wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and breathlessness; and

Whereas, According to the American Lung Association, approximately 26 million Americans have asthma, including more than 7 million children; and

Whereas, In 2010, an estimated 1.8 million people with asthma required treatment in the emergency department with 439,000 hospitalizations; and

Whereas, Asthma is the leading chronic illness among children and accounts for 10 million lost school days annually in this country; and

Whereas, Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 years; and

Whereas, This disease disproportionately affects minorities, low-income populations and children living in inner cities; and

Whereas, Asthma can be controlled by adhering to a medical management plan and by avoiding contact with certain environmental triggers, including dust, mold, smoke, insects, and other chemicals; and

Whereas, According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), approximately 13 percent of children and 11 percent of adults in New York have been diagnosed with asthma at some point in their lifetime; and

Whereas, DOHMH recommends that patients and providers partner to create an asthma action plan and promote self-management, including education and the joint development of treatment goals; and

Whereas, DOHMH administers multiple programs to combat asthma, including Open Airways For Schools, an educational curriculum for children diagnosed with asthma to help them control their own asthma more effectively resulting in reduced absences and hospital visits; and

Whereas, Due to the impact of asthma throughout the City and the country, many advocacy groups both nationally and internationally have emerged to reduce the negative impact of this disease; and

Whereas, The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) began in 1993, in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the United States National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization, to partner with health care officials and professionals throughout the world to reduce asthma prevalence, morbidity and mortality; and

Whereas, Notably, GINA commemorates World Asthma Day, a day to raise awareness and advocate for ways in which asthma can be better treated and managed; and  

Whereas, Given the prevalence and impact of asthma, specifically on children, New York City should increase all public and private efforts to expand outreach and education to ensure that more individuals have an asthma management plan to help reduce the factors that trigger or contribute to asthma; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York declares the first Tuesday in May as World Asthma Day in New York City.




LS 997/Res. 162/2014

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