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Advocating for people with asthma and allergies is a great way to spread awareness during National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. We invite you to join us for Advocacy Action Day!

Today, we ask you to help us tell Congress what people with asthma and allergies need to live full, healthy lives. More than 65 million Americans have asthma and allergies. And some people may have one or both of these conditions for which there is no cure.

  • About 25 million Americans have asthma1
  • About 32 million Americans have food allergies2,3
  • About 24 million Americans have rhinitis (hay fever), or nasal allergies4

These numbers paint a picture of how many people in the U.S. are managing asthma and allergies. But they don’t show the overall impact these diseases have on people and communities.

We need Congress to consider our health in all policies, not just health care policies. People with asthma and allergies in the United States need the following to live healthy and full lives:

  • Affordable, accessible, quality health care
  • Clean air
  • Healthy homes
  • Safe food
  • Financial stability
  • Education

One way you can take action today is by asking Congress to support the Elijah E. Cummings Family Asthma Act. If passed, the bill would allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Asthma Control Program (NACP) to serve all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The NACP currently only funds 23 states, Puerto Rico, and Houston, Texas.

The bill directs the CDC to work with state and local health departments to give out information and teach the public about asthma. It would also require states to make plans to address asthma, especially for communities bearing the highest burden of asthma.

Help us work to expand this critical program by taking action now! Use our tool below to send an email to your representative. You can also choose to post your message on Twitter. Then sign up to receive Advocacy Action Alerts so you can continue to help us advocate for people with asthma and allergies throughout the year.

Sign up to receive AAFA’s Advocacy Action Alerts!

Would you like to help us advocate on future issues that affect people with asthma and allergies? We have two ways you can sign up to receive Advocacy Action Alerts.

  • Text “AAFA” to 313131 to receive Advocacy Action Alerts and updates via text.

  • Join our online community. Not only will you receive Advocacy Action Alerts, but you’ll also be able to talk with other people managing asthma and allergies on our support forums. You’ll also get alerts about other news about managing your conditions, research, and more.

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). 2019 National Health Interview Survey Data. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
2, Gupta, R. S., Warren, C. M., Smith, B. M., Jiang, J., Blumenstock, J. A., Davis, M. M., Schleimer, R. P., & Nadeau, K. C. (2019). Prevalence and Severity of Food Allergies Among US Adults. JAMA Network Open, 2(1), e185630.
3. Gupta, R. S., Warren, C. M., Smith, B. M., Blumenstock, J. A., Jiang, J., Davis, M. M., & Nadeau, K. C. (2018). The Public Health Impact of Parent-Reported Childhood Food Allergies in the United States. Pediatrics, 142(6).
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). FastStats: Allergies and Hay Fever. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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