As we celebrate World Asthma Day, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is calling on you to take action and help raise awareness in Congress about asthma and allergies.
Advocacy is a key pillar of AAFA’s mission to reduce the burden of disease for the more than 100 million people in the United States with asthma and/or allergies. We can’t do it without your help!
The House Asthma and Allergy Caucus
The House Asthma and Allergy Caucus is a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives. They play an important role in advocating for policies and resources to improve the lives of people with asthma and allergies.
By raising awareness and working together across party lines, the caucus has helped to advance public health efforts related to asthma and allergies and improve the quality of life of millions of people in the United States.
The caucus is co-chaired by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Rep. David Valadao (R-CA). Rep. Dingell and Rep. Valadao introduced House resolution 386 in support of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month at AAFA’s request. A resolution is a show of support for an issue. Their leadership is invaluable to our community. We thank them for their efforts.
Advocacy in Action
On Feb. 2, 2023, members of AAFA’s Board of Directors came to Washington, D.C., to advocate for the asthma and allergy community. They met with their senators and congresspeople to teach them about some of AAFA’s priorities, including the National Asthma Control Program (NACP) and the Protecting Children with Food Allergies Act.
Following the meetings, Rep. Dingell sent out a letter of support asking for more funding for the NACP. This letter was supported by both parties, thanks in part to the advocacy of our board. Twenty-three lawmakers supported the NACP for the first time.
Asthma and Allergy Caucus co-chair
Join Our Advocacy Efforts
We must continue to advocate for policies and programs that improve care and reduce the burden of asthma and allergies. Today, we ask you to take action by contacting your congresspeople and urging them to both join the Asthma and Allergy Caucus and to co-sponsor the House resolution in support of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of millions of people living with asthma and allergies.
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.
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