The Easy Breathing Program

One in eight children living in Connecticut has asthma. Many children have asthma but are under diagnosed and under treated. The Easy Breathing© Program helps to diagnose and treat asthma in children.

The goal of Easy Breathing is to improve the health of children with asthma and decrease unnecessary medical services utilization and school absences due to asthma.  A user-friendly and evidence-based program, Easy Breathing uses a set of tools to improve recognition of asthma, classification of asthma severity and asthma treatment. Easy Breathing adheres to the 2007 National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Guidelines and translates them into a standardized approach to managing asthma.  

Easy Breathing has screened more than 125,000 individuals in Connecticut.  As a result more than 35,000 individuals receive appropriate asthma therapy. People enrolled in Easy Breathing© experience decreased emergency room visits, hospitalizations and urgent outpatient visits for asthma. These decreases translate into improved care and sustained cost-savings to Medicaid for children with asthma.

Connecticut Children’s Asthma Center provides the tools and training that primary care practices need to administer Easy Breathing. Through onsite and web-based training by Connecticut Children’s staff, primary care providers can learn how to provide better asthma care to children. For training or to learn more about the Easy Breathing program, contact Jessica Hollenbach, PhD, 860.837.5333.

Additional services:

  • Asthma educational materials - Easy Breathing has developed and validated asthma educational materials for clinicians to distribute to their patients. These materials are available in English and Spanish. Click here to access and download these materials.
  • Maintenance of Certification - Easy Breathing is approved by the American Board of Pediatrics as a Quality Improvement project to fulfill Part 4 of Maintenance of Certification. Physicians who complete Easy Breathing Part 4 MOC will receive 25 points towards recertification and 8 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Click here for more information.
  • Continuing Medical Education - The Easy Breathing training qualifies as 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians will be awarded one credit; physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses will have one credit approved for award. Click here for more information.
  • Spirometry - Easy Breathing offers spirometry training for practices interested in learning how to conduct and interpret spirometry tests. For training, contact Jessica Hollenbach, PhD, 860.837.5333.