Researchers at The The George Washington University (GW) School of Public Health and Health Services Department of Health Policy conducted an exhaustive review of the nation’s data collection framework for childhood asthma and identified both barriers and opportunities to improve the quality of care for children with asthma. The new brief, supported by the RCHN Community Health Foundation and Merck Childhood Asthma Network (MCAN), is titled “Addressing the Challenges of Reporting on Childhood Asthma in a Changing Health Care System: Building Better Evidence for High Performance.” The authors put forth recommendations for standardizing surveillance measures and expanding existing reporting functions and systems to improve data collection on children with asthma.

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Appendix I – Surveillance Background and Context
Appendix II – List of variables Collected at the State Level
Appendix III – State data table