The purpose of this AsthmaToolkit Program is to increase the capacity of primary care clinicians to provide evidence-based care to patients with asthma. Solid evidence from previous research shows that bringing asthma management practices in line with current evidence-based guidelines results in improved symptom control and decreases in hospitalizations, emergency room visits, and impaired school and work performance.

Time to Complete: 8 hours total, including in-person and online training. If a participant cannot complete an online activity in a single session, he/she can log out and log back in at a later time; responses and progress will be saved.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how a standard asthma visit should proceed.
  • Perform spirometry accurately.
  • Correctly interpret spirometry patterns.
  • Define how NHLBI guidelines diagnose asthma.
  • List the side effects of inhaled corticosteroids.
  • Explain the 2A’s and R approach to smoking cessation.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of primary care providers, family medicine physicians, hospitalists, er physicians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, registered nurses, and medical assistants.

Accreditation Statement

National Jewish Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. National Jewish Health designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. National Jewish Health is a provider approved by the California Board of Nursing, Provider Number CEP 12724. This activity is approved for a total of 8.2 Nursing Contact Hours.

Program Support

This activity is supported by a grant from Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment. Previous support provided through the generosity of Jesse Ball DuPont Fund, Caring for Colorado, COPIC medical Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and National Jewish Health.

Requirements for Successful Completion

In order to receive credit, participants must complete the online course, live in-person training, in-practice follow-up visit, and view the activity and complete the posttest and evaluation form. There are no pre-requisites and there is no fee to participate in this activity or to receive CME credit. Statements of Credit are awarded upon successful completion of the posttest with a passing score of ≥ 70%, and evaluation form.

Faculty & Disclosure / Conflict of Interest Policy

In accordance with ACCME requirements, National Jewish Health has a conflict of interest policy that requires faculty to disclose relevant financial relationships related to the content of their presentations/materials. Any potential conflicts are resolved so that presentations are evidence-based and scientifically balanced.


  • Bruce G. Bender, PhD
    • Professor of Pediatrics
    • Department of Pediatrics
    • National Jewish Health
    • Dr. Bruce Bender discloses he is a consultant for National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, American Thoracic Society, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Teva, and Kyorin.
  • Barry Make, MD
    • Professor of Medicine
    • Department of Medicine
    • National Jewish Health
    • CO-Director, COPD Program
    • Dr. Barry Make discloses he is on the advisory board for CSL Bering, Boehringer Ingelheim, Forest, Novartis, Theravance, and a consultant for AstraZenecca.  He is also a DSMB member for Spiration and discloses a relationship with GlaxoSmithKline in the form of grants.
  • Andy Liu, MD
    • Professor of Pediatrics
    • Department of Pediatrics
    • National Jewish Health
    • Dr. Andy Liu discloses no financial interests related to this activity.
  • Steven Lommatzsch, MD
    • Assistant of Medicine
    • Department of Medicine
    • National Jewish Health
    • Dr. Steven Lommatzsch discloses no financial interests related to this activity.
  • Deborah Fending, RN, BSN, AE-C
    • Staff Development Nurse
    • Department of Nursing
    • National Jewish Health
    • Ms. Deborah Fending discloses no financial interests related to this activity.

Faculty Reviewer

  • Esther Langmack, MD, FCCP, CHCP
    • Associate Professor
    • Department of Medicine
    • Medical Director, Office of Professional Education
    • National Jewish Health
    • Dr. Esther Langmack discloses no financial interests related to this activity.


  • Andrea Harshman, MHA, CHCP
    • Director, Office of Professional Education
    • National Jewish Health
    • Ms. Harshman has no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

CME/CE Disclaimer

National Jewish Health (“NJH”) and its officers, Board of Directors, faculty, employees, representatives, and other agents (collectively, “NJH Parties”) shall not be responsible in any capacity for, and do not warrant any content whatsoever, in any NJH publication or other product (in any medium), or the use or reliance on any such content, and expressly disclaim any and all liability for such content. All such responsibility for content and use of product solely rests with the authors or the advertisers, as the case may be. By way of example, without limiting the foregoing, this disclaimer of liability applies to the accuracy, completeness, effectiveness, quality, appearance, ideas, or products, as the case may be, of or resulting from, any statements, references, articles, positions, claimed diagnosis, claimed possible treatments, services, or advertising, express or implied, contained in any NJH live meeting, publication, online course or other product. Furthermore, the content should not be considered medical advice and is not intended to replace consultation with a qualified medical professional. Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall any of the NJH Parties be liable for any DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL or CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, or LOST PROFITS that result from any of the foregoing, regardless of legal theory and whether or not claimant was advised of the possibility of such damages.

Hardware/Software Requirements

To access these activities, users will need:

  • A computer with an Internet connection.
  • Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox 8 or higher, Safari 6 or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser.
  • Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML5 capable browser for video playback.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • For optimum results we recommend a device that has a display capability of 1024 x 768 or better. Mobile devices are not recommended for this activity.

Contact Information

For questions regarding this activity, please contact the Office of Professional Education at National Jewish Health: 303.398.1000 or