May is Asthma Awareness Month

SANTA FE, NM –  The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports uncontrolled asthma leads to nearly 8,000 emergency department visits every year, according to data collected and analyzed by the NMDOH Epidemiology and Response Division (ERD).

During National Asthma Awareness Month this May, the NMDOH urges New Mexicans to learn about asthma control and the variety of approaches NMDOH and its partners deliver to help improve and sustain asthma control services throughout the state. 

“Wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing are serious asthma symptoms,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage the disease by reducing and preventing asthma-related hospitalizations.”

The department’s ERD works to provide online public health information on asthma and air quality education for New Mexico communities in several ways:  

For asthma related questions, email the Asthma Control Program at