The Arkansas Children’s Asthma Center (ARCAC) is a comprehensive asthma program encompassing state-of-the-art clinical care, education, and research. The ARCAC includes a multidisciplinary team of asthma specialists from Allergy and Immunology, Pulmonary Medicine, General Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Pharmacology. Additional expertise is provided by clinical nurse specialists and respiratory therapists.

The clinical programs of the ARCAC have focused so far on providing high-quality care in several settings – inpatient, outpatient, and the emergency department. The Center strives for continuity of care with referring physicians.

Education is a very important component of the Center’s activities. Patient and family education is conducted at each patient encounter regardless of setting. In addition, the ARCAC is involved in comprehensive education programs for physicians and other health care providers across Arkansas. Education-based research endeavors will soon be incorporated into the program’s activities.

For the future, the ARCAC will focus its education and research endeavors to impact two important problems. The first endeavor will be the development of a comprehensive asthma program designed to address the unique problems involved in caring for children with asthma in a rural setting. The second will be the continued development of diagnostic tools for evaluation of infants and very young children with asthma.

Director:  John L. Carroll, M.D.