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Health Indicator Report of Asthma Mortality

Asthma is one of the chronic diseases that affect both children and adults. Asthma specific causes are still unknown but, most of its symptoms' triggers are. Poorly controlled asthma have adverse consequences including impairment and death. In addition to its medical costs, asthma reduces productivity and causes lost of school or work days. Although a cure for asthma is yet to be found, it can be managed and controlled following guidelines-based recommendations that entail taking the right medication, developing and following an asthma self-management action plan, and eliminating irritants and triggers from the surrounding environment.


All population estimates apply to July 1 of the selected year. Estimates include decimal fractions. The sum of population subgroup estimates may not exactly equal the overall state population estimate due to rounding error.   Data have been directly age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population. IBIS calculated this age-adjusted rate using the direct method. If there were fewer than 25 cases in the analysis, the indirect method of age-adjustment should be used. For more information on age-adjustment, please visit []. The National Data: Deaths for persons of unknown age are included in counts and crude rates, but are not included in age-adjusted rates; rates and population figures for years 2001 - 2009 differ slightly from previously published reports, due to use of the population estimates which were available at the time of release; and the population figures used in the calculation of death rates for the age group 'under 1 year' are the estimates of the resident population that is under one year of age. For more information about National data visit [].

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Death Data: Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), New Mexico Department of Health.
  • Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program,
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC WONDER Online Database (

Data Interpretation Issues

New Mexico Data: Results include deaths of New Mexico residents, including those whose death occurred outside of New Mexico. Results do not include non-residents who died in New Mexico. Population Estimates: All population estimates apply to July 1 of the selected year. Estimates include decimal fractions. The sum of population subgroup estimates may not exactly equal the overall state population estimate due to rounding error. ICD-Codes:ICD Stands for International Classification of Diseases. It is a coding system maintained by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics used to classify causes of death on death certificates and diagnoses, injury causes, and medical procedures for hospital and emergency department visits. These codes are updated every decade or so to account for advances in medical technology. The U.S. is currently using the 10th revision (ICD-10) to code causes of death.


Asthma mortality rate is reported as the number of deaths due to asthma per 100,000 persons in the population per year, age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. population


Number of deaths among New Mexico residents due to asthma as the underlying cause of death


Estimated total number of New Mexico residents (NM population).

Healthy People Objective: RD-1, Reduce asthma deaths

U.S. Target: Not applicable, see subobjectives in this category

How Are We Doing?

In New Mexico, excluding the year 2013, the overall asthma death rate remained constant from 2011 to 2015. From 1999 to 2015, in New Mexico an annual average of 23.8 asthma deaths (count-numerator) occurred, with a total of 429 deaths.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

New Mexico age-adjusted asthma death rates have generally fluctuated around 6 to 20 deaths per one million persons from 1999 to 2015, compared with U.S. age-adjusted rates for the same time period that have ranged from 10 to 17 deaths per one million persons. The U.S. rates remained almost constant since 2007.

What Is Being Done?

The New Mexico Department of Health Asthma Program collects, analyzes, and disseminates asthma data in order to identify populations that have high burden of asthma. The Asthma Program also works with partners throughout the state (such as hospitals, physician groups, insurance plans, and schools) to design and implement health interventions to lessen the disease burden. Current interventions include providing asthma self-management education to pediatric patients, supporting indoor air quality assessments of schools to limit exposures to potential asthma triggers, and offering provider training on the NAEPP asthma medical guidelines.

Evidence-based Practices

Asthma and its symptoms can be controlled and related impairments or hospitalizations can be prevented. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) of the National Institutes of Health-National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute had issued guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma. These guidelines translated advances in scientific and clinical research into practical advice for people with asthma, for the health care providers who look after them, and for the communities where they live. The guidelines included the best scientific evidence about comprehensive, long term management strategies designed to prevent and reverse airway inflammation and to manage asthma attacks. They set up standardmethods for doctors to gauge the severity of a patient asthma and monitor treatment progress. The guidelines also noted that people with asthma should use a written action plan with treatment instructions to control their illness and handle worsening asthma. They encouraged partnerships among individuals with asthma, families, and clinicians. They also laid out control measures to avoid or eliminate environmental factors that bring on asthma symptoms or attacks. The NAEPP guidelines were updated in 1997 and 2007 to reflect new research findings, but they marked only the beginning of America road to breathing easier. While caring for individual patients is a crucial step, the road does not end in a doctor office or hospital. Decreasing the burden of asthma also demands a comprehensive and coordinated public health approach. The National Asthma Control Program is working with states to implement appropriate measures for improving asthma outcomes. In summary, evidence-based guidelines suggest effective approaches for asthma management and control. These approaches include taking the appropriate short- and long-term medications, creating asthma self-management action plan, and controlling environmental and comorbid conditions.

Available Services

The Asthma Program works with partners (e.g., hospitals, physicians, insurance plans, and schools) throughout the state to design and implement health interventions to lessen asthma burden, especially in areas of asthma disparities. Current interventions include providing asthma self-management education to pediatric patients and training Community Health Workers for home visits with people with asthma to assist them in identifying and eliminating irritants and triggers from the house. Available Services The New Mexico Asthma Program, funded entirely through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control, supports health intervention activities aimed at increasing asthma awareness in the state, improving asthma self-management through patient education initiatives, and providing health care provider training on the latest National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Asthma Guidelines for medical practice. For more information about the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program's (NAEPP) Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Asthma visit New Mexico Asthma Program Information For information about the asthma program in New Mexico visit Asthma Program, New Mexico Department of Health, P.O. Box 26110, 1190 St. Francis Drive, Suite N1300, Santa Fe, NM 87505.
Page Content Updated On 11/03/2018, Published on 11/02/2018
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