To reduce the overall burden of asthma, with a focus on minimizing the disproportionate impact of asthma in racial/ethnic and low-income populations, by promoting asthma awareness and disease prevention at the community level and expanding and improving the quality of asthma education, management, and services through system and policy changes.


Floridians with asthma will achieve optimal health and quality of life.

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Hilton Garden Inn Fort Myers

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Start Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023

End Date: Friday, June 16, 2023

Last Day to Book: Thursday, May 25th

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2023 Florida Asthma Coalition Summit

We Hear You!

Using Shared Decision-Making in Asthma Care


Florida Asthma Coalition Co-Chairs

John Prpich,  MD, FAAP

Debra Weiss, EdD, CHES

Summit Host


Joi Lucas, MD


Sienna Ruiz, BA

Nina C. Ramirez, MD, FAAAAI, FCCP

John Prpich, MD, FAAP

JoJo O'Neal 

Sagar Naik, MD


Keynote Speaker

The times presented are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Florida Asthma Program Manager

Wanda Rodríguez-Donham, DrHSc, RRT-NPS

June 16, 2023

June 16th, 2023

AAE's 2022 Virtual Mini Review Course 

(with new topics, different than 2021) 

and Digital Review Course

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Special Thanks to our Principal Sponsors:

Call for Poster Submissions

Submissions will be peer reviewed by the FAC Summit Poster Committee, and selected authors will be invited to present a poster at the FAC annual virtual conference on June 23-24, 2022.
The Florida Asthma Coalition (FAC) invites submission of research/project poster abstracts on any aspect of asthma diagnosis, treatment, management, or education for the annual FAC Virtual Summit held on June 23-24 2022.
The deadline for submission is June 3rd.
Please review the instructions for poster submissions: 2022 FAC Poster Submission Instructions (PDF).

With Presentations from the following Faculty Presenters:

Welcome and Introduction from AAE President:

Melinda Shuler, MHS, RRT, RCP, HHS, CTTS, AE-C

1:00pm-2:00pm: Asthma Pathophysiology

Karen L. Gregory, DNP, APRN, CNS, RRT, AE-C, FAARC  

2:00pm-3:00pm: PFTs with Interpretations 

Kevin Collins, PhD, RRT, RPFT, AE-C

3:00pm-3:15pm: Break

3:15pm-4:15pm: Identifying Asthma Control, Risks, Classifications and Management

Teresa M. Summe, BS, RRT, AE-C

4:15pm-5:00pm: Networking, Questions, Answers

Keynote Speaker

8:00 - 8:30 AM 

Registration & Networking, Breakfast in U Building Auditorium

We at AAE wish to provide intensive support beyond this course for all interested individuals and are committed to your success as you become certified and move forwards with this vital professional status. Registrants will receive asthma-specific continuing educations applicable to their professional licensure, and a self-paced comprehensive course complete with digital reference book, plus all the mentoring support at AAE can offer. ($250 Value) NOTE: The special price of this course reflects group pricing developed in partnership between AAE and FAC
Please Click Here to Register and Pay for Training
Don’t forget to also register for the Association of Asthma Educators half-day AE-C course on Thursday, June 23rd from 1-5pm for $200!


Asthma Educator Review Course

Half-day Session (1:00-5:00pm, Eastern) followed by complimentary access to AAE's On-Demand Review Course to Prepare for the NAECB Certification Exam (asthma specific CEs that are applicable for re-certification as well). This includes the 2021 FAC bonus material as well as the self-paced course. A maximum of 18 CE credits are offered. 

Credits Available:

FAC 2022 Summit

AAE's 2022 Course

  • 4.5 CEU for Nurses, Social work (certificate can be provided for FL based pharmacists for their submission)
  • 4.5 CEU for Respiratory therapists
  • 2.25 CMEs for Physicians
From Everglades AHEC (for CEU and CME credits):
From NCHEC (for CHES credits):
4.5 CHES credits for the Summit
From Everglades AHEC (for CEU and CME credits):
  • 3 CEU for Nurses, Social work (certificate can be provided for FL based pharmacists for their submission)
  • 3 CEU for Respiratory Therapists
From NCHEC (for CHES credits):
3 CHES credits for the Mini Review Course

Manager, Asthma/COPD Management

Teresa M. Summe, BS, RRT, AE-C


To register as a virtual attendee, please fill out the form below.




Florida SouthWestern State College 8099 College Pkwy, U-102         Fort Myers, FL 33919

Date and Time:

June 16, 2023

8am-5pm EST

Please note that schedule is subject to change.


In-person summit attendees are allowed to park in lot 11 or 12 for the event, both of which are next to the U-building.

Please download map for details.


Xan Nowakowski, PhD, MPH

Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, MD

Karen L. Gregory, DNP, APRN, CNS, RRT, AE-C, FAARC

Debra Weiss, EdD, CHES

FREE in-person event!


Principal Sponsors

To learn more about our sponsors, please click on their logos.

Major Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Ebrahim Ahmadisharaf, PhD

8:30 - 8:45 AM 

Welcome, Introduction, & Wellness Wake-Up Activity

Led by: Wanda Rodriguez – Donham DrHSc, RRT-NPS (in-person host);
Xan Nowakowski, PhD, MPH (virtual host); John Prpich, MD, FAAP (co-chair); Debra Weiss, EdD, CHES (co-chair)

8:45 - 8:50 AM 

Emad Salman, MD

Welcome Message from Golisano Children’s Hospital

8:50 - 9:15 AM 

Wanda Rodriguez – Donham, DrHSc, RRT-NPS 

Florida Asthma Program Manager

FAP Overview

9:15 - 9:45 AM 

Nina C. Ramirez, MD, FAAAAI, FCCP 

The Current Misperception of Asthma Control: Using Evidence-based Tools to Advance the Identification and Management of Uncontrolled Asthma Across Disease Severities 

Sponsored by AstraZeneca

10:15 - 11:00 AM 

Sagar Naik, MD

Asthma & Pregnancy

11:00 - 11:30 AM 

Exhibition Hall

Principal Sponsors: AstraZeneca, Fasenra & Simply Healthcare Plans 

Major Sponsors: CareSource & Dupixent

Supporting Sponsors: Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, Humana Healthy Horizons FL, Solarus Medical & Sunshine Health

11:30 - 12:00 PM 


In Addition to a Presentation by John Prpich, MD, FAAP 

Sponsored by Fasenra

2:45 - 3:30 PM 

Joi Lucas, MD 

Keynote Speaker

The Asthma Multiverse – Shared Decision Making in Pediatric Asthma Care

12:30 - 12:40 PM 

Transition to Breakout Rooms 

12:45 - 1:30 PM 

Breakout Sessions

U Building Room 109

Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, MD

Shared Decision Making – The Cure to Many Ills

U Building Auditorium

John Prpich, MD, FAAP

A Practical Discussion About Shared Decision Making in a Busy Clinical Setting

1:30 - 1:45 PM 

Featured Posters Session (U Building Auditorium) 

1:45 - 2:30 PM 

Breakout Sessions

U Building Room 109

Debra Weiss, EdD, CHES

Exercise and Asthma

U Building Auditorium

John Prpich, MD, FAAP

A Practical Discussion About Shared Decision Making in Busy Clinical Setting

2:30 - 2:45 PM 

Transition to U Building Auditorium 

12:00 - 12:30 PM 

JoJo O’Neal

My Personal Asthma Journey

3:30 - 4:00 PM 

Ebrahim Ahmadisharaf, PhD

Mold Growth, Allergy, and Asthma Risk in the Residential Buildings in the Aftermath of Hurricanes

4:00 - 4:30 PM 

Florida Asthma Coalition Workgroup Updates

Led by: Wanda Rodriguez – Donham DrHSc, RRT-NPS; Debra Weiss, EdD, CHES; Teresa M. Summe, BS, RRT, AE-C; Allison Peters, RRT; Annette Thomas, Ph.D, MPA

4:30 - 5:00 PM 

Award Announcements (Asthma Champions and Asthma Friendly Recognition) & Closing Remarks

5:00 PM 


9:45 - 10:15 PM 

Networking & Coffee Break