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Indiana State Department of Health

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The mission of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Chronic Respiratory Disease Section is to reduce the burden of asthma in Indiana.

The Chronic Respiratory Disease Section works to implement the State Asthma Plan. The State Asthma Plan guides the development and implementation of interventions that improve the health and quality of life of Hoosiers with asthma. The program also maintains a comprehensive surveillance system for the ongoing, systematic collection of asthma data. In addition to data collection, the system also allows for analysis and interpretation of asthma data, which is essential to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the program. 


Asthma's Impact on Indiana [Infographic]

The first Indiana infographic on asthma.


Click here for a printable 11x17 version of the Impact of Asthma in Indiana infographic.



2014 School Nurse Training Schedule



Region 1
Southern Indiana Education Center
Judy Bueckert, Director
1102 Tree Lane Drive
Jasper, IN 47546
V: (800) 264-6641 or (812) 482-6641
F: (812) 482-6652

April 8, 9am-3pm


Region 2
The Wilson Education Center
Dr. Phil Partenheimer, Director
2101 Grace Avenue
Charlestown, IN 47111-8644
V: (800) 326-5467 or (812) 256-8000
F: (812) 256-8012

April 3, 9am-3pm


 Region 3
West Central Education Center
Valerie Buchanan, Executive Director
P.O. Box 21
Greencastle, IN 46135
V: (765) 653-2727
F: (765) 653-7897

April 22, 9am-3pm


 Region 4
East Central Educational Service Center
Larry D. John, Executive Director
1601 Indiana Avenue
Connersville, IN 47331
V: (800) 669-3010 or (765) 825-1247
F: (765) 825-2532

April 21, 9am-3pm


Region 5
Wabash Valley Education Center
Dr. Dennis Cahill, Director
3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906
V: (765) 463-1589
F: (765) 463-1580

April 25, 9am-3pm


Region 6
Northwest Indiana Education Center
Edward Schoenfelt, Executive Director
48 W. 900 N.
Chesterton, IN 46304-9357
V: (219) 926-5555
F: (219) 926-5553

April 17, 9am-3pm


Region 7
Northern Indiana Education Center
Ted Chittum, Executive Director
56535 Magnetic Drive
Mishawaka, IN 46545
V: (800) 326-5642 or (574) 254-0111
F: (574) 254-0148

April 16, 9am-3pm

Source: IDOE Education Service Centers


Region 8
Region 8 Education Service Center
Joshua O. Wenning, Executive Director
251 West 850 North
Decatur, IN 46733
V: (260) 724-6200 or (800) 669-4565
F: (260) 724-6201

April 23, 9am-3pm


Region 9
Central Indiana Educational Service Center
Dr. Michele Moore, Interim Executive Director
6036 Lakeside Boulevard, Bldg. A
Indianapolis, IN 46278
V: (317) 759-5555
F: (317) 489-0328

April 29, 9am-3pm



 2014 Healthy Lung Expo Indianapolis

The Healthy Lung Expo is a program designed for patients and healthcare providers to learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding COPD, asthma and lung cancer. Speakers from a variety of fields will present current medical based research on topics that have the most impact on those whose lives are touched by these conditions.

This year we introduce the Asthma Education Program, featuring Asthma Education and Management.  Asthma Management and Education, is a 2-hour program that recognizes the critical role allied health professionals play in educating and caring for the patient with asthma and allergies. Nurses earn 2.6 continuing education credits and respiratory therapists earn 2 CRCE credits while learning the latest information on the pathophysiology of asthma and allergy; current treatment methods; effective techniques for patient education; ways to prevent asthma episodes; and hands-on experience with peak flow meters and demonstration of medication delivery devices.

The importance of establishing a patient/clinician partnership for asthma management and patient education is also emphasized.  The program reflects the most current standards from the 2007 National Asthma Education and Prevention Program’s (NAEPP) Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

Attendees will be treated to a relaxing day full of inspirational messages, education, exhibits, luncheon and door prizes.

  • Patient Program is $5
  • Early Bird Professional Education Program registration is $60 - deadline March 15th, 2014
  • Early Bird Asthma Education Program registration is $60 - deadline March 15th, 2014
  • Professional Education Program registration is $75 after March 15th
  • Asthma Education Program registration is $75 after March 15th
  • Student/Senior registration is $25

For more information including registration click here


Asthma Emergency Care Plan for Schools

Examples of Asthma Emergency Care Plans for the 2013-2014 school year provided by the Environmental Protection Agency and Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation.   

My Asthma Wallet Card

Free wallet size action plan card for patients. Provided by the National Heart, Lung,and Blood Institute.

Indiana Chosen for AAFA Honor Roll 2013

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has selected Indiana for their State Honor Roll for a second year in a row! Every year, AAFA identifies states with the most comprehensive state wide public policies that support people with asthma, food allergies, anaphylaxis risk and related allergic diseases in elementary, middle, and high schools. For more information about the Honor Roll and why Indiana was chosen, please visit the AAFA website.   

Educational Brief on Children's Environmental Health

Click here to review a briefing paper and fact sheet on the connections between the environment and children's health.  

Burn Wise Program

It is important to protect your home, health, and the air we breathe. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency's Burn Wise Program, for information on proper wood burning procedures for the home.                                     


Contact Us

If you would like to know more about the program or you have a specific need for asthma information or services, please contact the program at

Indiana State Department of Health
Chronic Respiratory Disease Program, Chronic Disease Division
2 North Meridian Street, Section 6B
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Telephone: (317) 234-7631
Fax: (317) 233-7805