The Alabama Department of Public Health established the Alabama Asthma Program (AAP) in 2009 as part of the Chronic Disease Programs Branch of the Bureau of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease. Alabama was awarded a five-year grant which created a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), facilitating the creation of the AAP. Reducing the burden of asthma on the citizens of Alabama is the goal of AAP.

ADPH is in the process of collecting new asthma data for the state as part of this grant and will release new data soon. Data from the 2007 Alabama Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System reports that 8.8 percent of adults have been told by a healthcare provider that they currently have asthma. The 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System reports that 18.2 percent of youth in grades 9-12 have asthma.

Alabama Asthma Facts

  • One in 10 residents of Alabama have asthma.
  • Rates of asthma are increasing among both males and females in Alabama.
  • All age groups and races in Alabama are experiencing an increase in asthma rates.

Source: 2009 Alabama Asthma Burden Document

Page last updated: April 10, 2017