About Us

Our Program

The Utah Asthma Program (UAP) is located at the Utah Department of Health in the Bureau of Health Promotion. It began in December 2001 with the intent to develop state capacity to address asthma, including an occupational component.

The UAP is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2014, the program was awarded the Comprehensive Asthma Control through Evidence-based Strategies and Public Health - Health Care Collaboration grant. The cooperative agreement will fund UAP for 5 years to provide comprehensive asthma care by ensuring availability of and access to guidelines-based medical management and pharmacotherapy to all Utahns with asthma, and to link those with poorly controlled asthma to individualized services. The UAP's work plan focuses on three types of strategies to achieve this goal:

  1. Infrastructure strategies to support leadership, strategic partnerships, strategic communications, surveillance, and evaluation.
  2. Services strategies to expand school- and home-based services.
  3. Health systems strategies to improve coverage, delivery, quality, and use of clinical services.

Program Vision

To improve the lives of those with asthma.

Program Mission

To make sustainable connections to improve the lives of those with asthma based on the following principles:

  • Enhance and develop partnerships.
  • Conduct surveillance and evaluation of asthma.
  • Promote use of best practices.
  • Share resources.
  • Facilitate open communication.

Program Staff

  • Nichole Shepard, MPH - Program Manager
  • Savannah Smith, MPH - Program Coordinator
  • Holly Uphold, PhD - Epidemiologist
  • Kellie Baxter - Health Program Specialist