Our History


In 2001 the Cleveland County Health Department received a grant for Preventing and Controlling Childhood Asthma to create an asthma coalition from the NC Department of Health and Human Services.  The objective was to establish a community-based coalition and to develop a three year plan of action to address childhood asthma.

To do this the health department identified major stakeholders, including individuals with asthma, parents of children with asthma, physicians, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, community educators, among others.  Two physicians from Shelby Children's Clinic agreed to be the medical directors of the coalition.  Work began around various data points.  Upon review of these data points the coalition landed on 4 objectives:

  • Expand opportunities for parents, family members and diagnosed asthma patients to learn about asthma
  • Expand opportunities for healthcare providers to enhance their understanding of asthma
  • Develop and implement a community awareness campaign about asthma in Cleveland County
  • Establish the Cleveland County Asthma Coalition as a permanent coalition.

From these 4 objectives the Asthma coalition has created and/or become involved in several community initiatives.  To see what we do, please click here.  



The Asthma Coalition of Cleveland County is a collection of medical professionals (doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists), educators and community partners all working together to educate and empower those with asthma and those living with someone that has asthma.  If you are interested in joining us or finding out more please contact us here.