Children's Hospital Colorado

Addressing Asthma and Respiratory Health

Dr. Robin Deterding, of the Breathing Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado, listens to a kid's lungs with a stethoscope.

Why asthma and respiratory health matters

Nationally, asthma, bronchiolitis and other respiratory illnesses are a leading cause of children’s hospitalizations and missed school and work days with an estimated cost of $56 billion annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 9.3% of children in the United States under the age of 18 had a diagnosis of asthma in 2012. According to our 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment, 8.2% of children in Colorado have been diagnosed with asthma. In 2015, asthma and bronchiolitis were two of the most common causes of emergency department visits at Children’s Hospital Colorado, with 1351 admissions related to bronchiolitis and 651 admissions related to asthma at our facilities.

Let's support respiratory health together

Learn what we're doing to address asthma and respiratory health needs and how you can get involved.

Children’s Hospital Colorado will focus on three major areas of prevention and health promotion to address this health priority area:

  • Goal 1: Increase access to routine care for respiratory illnesses
  • Goal 2: Strengthen support network in clinical and community settings
  • Goal 3: Decrease health impact of environmental exposure to air particulate matter

Step Up Asthma Program

The Colorado Step Up Asthma Program is a school-centered asthma program led by Stanley Szefler, MD., Director of the Pediatric Asthma Research Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado. The program is designed to help improve asthma control for students through educational classes, asthma self-management, environmental trigger awareness/reduction and community partnership with health providers.

The Just Keep Breathing Asthma Program

The Just Keep Breathing Asthma Program is an extension of the pulmonary clinic designed to help patients and families learn how the child's environment influences their asthma. Community health workers, also known as health educators, will do home visits to assess, educate and help the family improve their child’s asthma.

Asthma and respiratory illness significantly impact the health of our community’s children—through hospitalizations and missed schooldays. Learning more about asthma and finding resources to help with treatment are important steps we can take as a community to address these challenges kids face.

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Find resources near you

Children's Hospital Colorado Breathing Institute's mission is to provide comprehensive clinical care and consultation for children with common and complex breathing problems. Learn more about the Asthma Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado. 

Join the Child Health Champions network

Our advocacy efforts rely on the strength and action of Children's Hospital Colorado’s Grassroots Advocacy Network. This is a group of people who care about kids' health and well-being and want to make a difference.

More than four thousand people currently participate in the Network, which joins the voices of physicians, healthcare professionals, patients and families with business leaders and community members to speak up clearly and powerfully for kids when public policy decisions are made. Advocates write letters, make phone calls, and share information when needed to influence public policies. Learn how to join the network today!