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This year, on World Asthma Day, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) celebrated the 25th anniversary of the National Asthma Control Program (NACP) on Capitol Hill.

AAFA co-hosted a congressional briefing with the American Lung Association (ALA), the Allergy and Asthma Network (AAN), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

Speakers at the briefing included Asthma and Allergy Caucus co-chair, Rep. David Valadao (R-CA); Michigan Asthma Prevention and Control Program Manager, John Dowling; and Director for the National Center of Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Aaron Bernstein.

The briefing highlighted the many successes of the program over 25 years. By working with state health departments on community-based care since 1999, the NACP has helped reduce the number of asthma-related:

  • Deaths
  • Hospital stays
  • Emergency department visits
  • Missed school and workdays
  • Other limits on activity

The briefing also highlighted the need for more resources to expand the program. The NACP only has enough funding to work with 25 states, territories, and communities. You can help change that.

Join AAFA today in asking your House representative to support the Elijah E. Cummings Family Asthma Act (H.R. 5749). This is a bill that would allow NACP to serve all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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