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Asthma in Oklahoma


  • In 2012, one in every ten Oklahoma adults 18 years and older (292,000 people) reported they currently had asthma.
  • Females are diagnosed with asthma almost twice as much as males.
  • Oklahoma's asthma mortality rates are similar to the nation's, which has been decreasing in recent years. Non-Hispanic Multiracial individuals have much higher asthma rates than other racial groups.
  • In 2012, the total charge for Oklahomans 15 years and older hospitalized with asthma was $57.9 million
  • In Oklahoma in 2012, about 123,100 children younger than 18 years of age were diagnosed with asthma at some point in their life.
  • Boys are diagnosed more frequently with asthma than girls.
  • In Oklahoma, Non-Hispanic African American children had significantly higher prevalence of lifetime and current asthma than Hispanic children.

The Chronic Disease Service is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop asthma control plans which include disease tracking, science-based interventions, and state-wide partnerships to reduce the burden of asthma in the home, school, and occupational environments.

Current projects include:

  • How to Use an Inhaler (Video); 
  • Asthma Friendly Schools (incorporates two components - Asthma Basic, for teachers, and Open Airways for Schools, for students, in partnership with the local American Lung Association); and 
  • Ready, Set, Go with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, AAFA, (for primary care providers).  

For more asthma in Oklahoma data, see OK2SHARE and the Toolkit Trilogy, specifically the MONAHRQ Data Guide and the Chronic Disease in Oklahoma Data Book.

If you have any questions regarding asthma or are interested in the current projects,
please contact the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion at 405-271-3619 or 1-888-669-5634.

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