Website Review and Summary

Ebonie Franks
University of Phoenix

Asthma is a serious lung condition that causes individuals to have serious problems with breathing, frequent coughing, and wheezing. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute defines asthma as a “common chronic disorder of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, airflow obstruction, bronchial hyper responsiveness (bronchospasm), and an underlying inflammation” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: National Institutes of Health, 2011).   Asthma is a serious medical issue that is addressed on the national, state and local levels of government through different agencies. This paper will discuss an agency on each level of government. Also discussed will be the structure between the levels of government, the functions seen at each level of government, and how each level of government works together. In addition, the definition of public and community health will be defined.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a national agency that addresses asthma. Within this agency there are other agencies on the local and state level that address asthma as well. The structure of the CDC is traditional and divisional. “Traditional Structures are based on functional divisions and departments. These are the kind of structures that precisely follow the organization’s rules and procedures and are characterized by having precise authority lines for all levels in the management. Divisional Structures is the kind of structure that is based on the different divisions in the organization” (Types of Organizational Structures, 2010).
On a national level, the CDC has programs such as the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) that provides information nationally about asthma. It gives out statistics and awareness about asthma on a global level. “CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) supports state, territorial, and local agencies and tribal governments to help...