What are the goals of the NAEPPCC?
The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) was initiated in 1989 to address the growing national health problem of asthma, which remains a significant problem today. According to the latest data, nearly 25 million people in the United States, including more than 6 million children, have asthma. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Coordinating Committee (NAEPPCC) provides a venue for convening diverse stakeholders with an interest in improving asthma management in the context of current standards of care.
The goals of the NAEPPCC are to:
- Raise awareness among patients, health professionals, and the public that asthma is a serious chronic condition.
- Ensure the recognition of the signs and symptoms of asthma by patients, families, and the public and the appropriate diagnosis by health professionals.
- Ensure effective control of asthma by encouraging a partnership among patients, physicians, and other health professionals through modern treatment and education programs.
- Enhance the quality of life for patients with asthma, reduce the burden of asthma, and reduce the number of asthma-related deaths.
To accomplish these goals, the NAEPPCC oversees the development of asthma guidelines, creates tools and materials to put the guidelines into practice, coordinates federal asthma-related activities, and builds partnerships. The membership of the NAEPPCC, a federal asthma advisory committee, comprises representatives from federal agencies, medical associations, voluntary health organizations, and community programs and seeks to educate patients, health professionals, and the public.
AT A GLANCE
- An NAEPPCC expert panel developed clinical guidelines, known as Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR-3), for the diagnosis and management of asthma.
- Selected topic areas in the EPR-3 for the diagnosis and management of asthma were last updated in 2020.
What resources has the NAEPPCC developed?
The NAEPPCC first developed and widely disseminated the guidelines for diagnosing and managing asthma in 1991, followed by revisions in 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2020. The most recent update to these guidelines, the 2020 Focused Updates to the Asthma Management Guidelines, provides guidance on six selected topic areas.
The NAEPP’s former National Asthma Control Initiative (NACI) engaged diverse stakeholders to bring asthma care in line with evidence-based recommendations. NAEPP and NACI resources for patients with asthma and their families and for health professionals are still available.
How is the NAEPPCC administered?
The NAEPPCC consists of representatives from the major scientific, professional, governmental, and voluntary organizations interested in asthma. The Committee’s primary mission is to advise the NHLBI on matters concerning asthma and to facilitate the exchange of information on asthma activities among the member agencies and voluntary health organizations.
The NHLBI administers and coordinates the NAEPPCC. These NAEPPPCC’s meetings are open to the public and include presentations and discussions on a variety of topics concerning asthma, including activities and projects of the Committee. View details about NAEPPCC meetings and materials.
What legislation governs the NAEPPCC?
The NAEPPCC fulfills the charges of 424B of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 285b-7b, as amended:
- Identify all federal programs that carry out asthma-related activities.
- Develop, in consultation with appropriate federal agencies and professional and voluntary health organizations, a federal plan for responding to asthma.
The NAEPPCC also fulfills charges, similar to those above, set forth in the Children’s Health Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-310). In addition, the Children’s Health Act of 2000 tasks the NHLBI, through the NAEPP, with submitting recommendations to Congress on ways to strengthen and improve coordination of asthma-related activities of the federal government.
National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Coordinating Committee (NAEPPCC)
In August 2015, the NAEPPCC was chartered as a federal advisory committee in accordance with 424B of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 285b-7b, as amended. The Committee is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees. The National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provided guidance as the NAEPP continued to function while undergoing the reorganization under the FACA.
National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Coordinating Committee (NAEPPCC)
NATIONAL ASTHMA EDUCATION AND PREVENTION PROGRAM COORDINATING COMMITTEE
Authorized by 424B of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 285b-7b, as amended. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) Coordinating Committee (Committee) is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees.
OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES
The NAEPPCC was created to address asthma issues in the United States. The objectives of the Committee are to (1) raise awareness of patients, health professionals, and the public that asthma is a serious chronic disease and to ensure the recognition of the symptoms of asthma by patients, families, and the public and the appropriate diagnosis by health professionals; (2) continually identify federal programs that carry out asthma-related activities; and (3) develop or update, in consultation with appropriate federal agencies and professional voluntary health organizations, the federal plan for responding to asthma to aid in effective control of asthma by encouraging a partnership among federal agencies, patients, physicians, and other health professionals through modern treatment and education programs.
To accomplish these broad program goals, the Committee is made up of members from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), as well as other federal agencies, and intermediaries, including major medical associations, voluntary health organizations, and community programs; it strives to educate patients, health professionals, and the public. The ultimate goal of the NAEPPCC is to enhance the quality of life for patients with asthma and reduce asthma-related morbidity and mortality.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The Committee’s primary mission is to provide advice to the NHLBI on matters concerning asthma and to facilitate the efficient and effective exchange of information on asthma activities among the member agencies and voluntary health organizations in order to enhance coordination of asthma-related programs and activities. The Committee will assist in increasing public understanding of the member agencies’ activities, programs, policies, and research and will serve as a public forum for discussion of issues related to asthma.
AGENCY OR OFFICIAL TO WHOM THE COMMITTEE REPORTS
The Committee will advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
Management and support services will be provided by the Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science (CTRIS) and the Division of Lung Diseases (DLD) at the NHLBI.
ESTIMATED ANNUAL OPERATING COST AND STAFF YEARS
The estimated annual cost for operating the Committee, excluding staff support, is $68,585. The estimated annual person-years of staff support required are 0.3, at an estimated annual cost of $34,146.
DESIGNATED FEDERAL OFFICER
The director of the NHLBI will assign a full-time or permanent part-time NHLBI employee as the designated federal officer (DFO) of the Committee. In the event that the DFO cannot fulfill the assigned duties of the Committee, one or more full-time or permanent part-time NHLBI or NIH employees will be assigned these duties on a temporary basis.
The DFO will approve or call all of the Committee’s and subcommittees’ meetings, prepare and approve all meeting agendas, attend all Committee and subcommittee meetings, adjourn any meeting when it is determined to be in the public interest, and chair meetings when directed to do so by the director of the NHLBI.
ESTIMATED NUMBER AND FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS
The Committee will meet approximately 2 times per year. Meetings will be open to the public, except as determined otherwise by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in accordance with subsection (c) of section 552b of Title 5 U.S.C. Notice of all meetings will be given to the public. In the event that a portion of a meeting is closed to the public, as determined by the secretary in accordance with the government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b[c]) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, a report will be prepared that will contain, as a minimum, a list of members and their business addresses, the Committee’s functions, dates and places of meetings, and a summary of the Committee’s activities and recommendations made during the fiscal year. A copy of the report shall be provided to the department committee management officer.
Unless renewed by appropriate action, the charter of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Coordinating Committee will terminate 2 years from the date the charter is filed.
MEMBERSHIP AND DESIGNATION
The Committee will consist of up to 15 voting members. Members will consist of federal employees, special government employees (SGEs), and representatives. In addition, one official from the Division of Lung Diseases, and one official from the Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science will serve as co-chairs of the Committee.
At least three members will represent government agencies from among the NIH national research institutes and centers involved in research with respect to asthma, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or any other federal departments and agencies whose programs involve health functions or responsibilities relevant to this disease.
At least three nonfederal members will serve as SGEs selected from the health and scientific disciplines with respect to asthma. These members will be invited to serve terms of up to 4 years.
At least three nonfederal members will be representatives from professional societies, voluntary health organizations, and community programs whose purpose is to enhance the quality of life for patients with asthma and reduce asthma-related morbidity and mortality. These members will be invited to serve terms of up to 4 years. There may be only one representative per organization.
Terms of more than 2 years are contingent upon the renewal of the Committee charter by appropriate action prior to its termination. Members may serve after the expiration of their terms until their successors have taken office. A quorum for the conduct of business by the full Committee will consist of a majority of currently appointed members.
As necessary, subcommittees and ad hoc working groups may be established by the DFO within the Committee’s jurisdiction. The advice/recommendations of a subcommittee/working group must be deliberated by the parent advisory committee. A subcommittee may not report directly to a federal official unless there is statutory authority to do so.
Subcommittee membership may be drawn in whole or in part from the parent advisory committee. Subcommittee members may serve as representatives. All subcommittee members may vote on subcommittee actions, and all subcommittee members count toward the quorum for a subcommittee meeting. Ad hoc consultants do not count toward the quorum and may not vote. A quorum for a subcommittee will be three members. The department committee management officer will be notified upon establishment of each standing subcommittee and will be provided information on its name, membership, function, and estimated frequency of meetings.
Meetings of the Committee and its subcommittees will be conducted according to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, other applicable laws, and departmental policies. Committee and subcommittee records will be handled in accordance with General Records Schedule 26, Item 2, or other approved agency records disposition schedule. These records will be available for public inspection and copying, subject to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552.
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July 08, 2015 /Francis V. Collins/
Date Dr. Francis V. Collins, Director, NIH