File #: Res 0095-2010    Version: * Name: Declaring the first Tuesday in May as World Asthma Day in New York City.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 3/25/2010
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution declaring the first Tuesday in May as World Asthma Day in New York City.
Sponsors: Mathieu Eugene, Lewis A. Fidler, Robert Jackson, Karen Koslowitz, Annabel Palma, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Michael C. Nelson
Council Member Sponsors: 7
Res. No. 95
Resolution declaring the first Tuesday in May as World Asthma Day in New York City.
By Council Members Eugene, Fidler, Jackson, Koslowitz, Palma, Rodriguez and Nelson
Whereas, According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asthma is a disease that affects the lungs and may cause wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and breathlessness; and
      Whereas, Every year, approximately 504,000 Americans are hospitalized for asthma-related symptoms; and
Whereas, In 2004 asthma contributed to 13.6 million doctor visits, 1.1 million hospital outpatient visits and 1.8 million emergency room visits; and
Whereas, It is estimated that asthma affects 22 million people throughout the United States, including 6.5 million children; and
      Whereas, Asthma is one of the most common long-term diseases in children and accounts for approximately 14.7 million missed school days; 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 one million New Yorkers have been diagnosed with asthma at some point in their lifetime; and
Whereas, DOHMH recommends that patients and providers partner to create a treatment plan, and that providers follow the recently updated National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Guidelines to promote self-management including education and the joint development of treatment goals; and
Whereas, DOHMH administers multiple programs to combat asthma including the New York City Asthma Initiative which is working to improve medical standards to treat asthma patients, reduce triggers in homes and communities, enhance individuals' ability to self-manage their condition, enhance citywide education, create asthma friendly schools and day care centers and monitor individuals with asthma; 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, 2010 marks the 12th year anniversary for World Asthma Day and this year's theme is "You Can Control Your Asthma," with GNA kicking off a campaign to decrease asthma-related hospitalizations by 50 percent in five years; and
      Whereas, Given the prevalence and impact of asthma, specifically on children, New York City should increase all public and private efforts to expand education to ensure that more individuals have an asthma management plan and to 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.
Res. 1960/2009
LS# 721