What's New with AAFA

AAFA Announces Departure of CEO Dr. Cary Sennett

April 3, 2017, Landover, MD – Today, the Board of Directors of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) announces the departure of Dr. Cary Sennett, MD, PhD, FACP. “It is with extreme gratitude that I thank Dr. Sennett for his service to the asthma and allergy community,” said Board Chair, Heidi Bayer. “Dr. Sennett helped us create a vision for the future of AAFA which puts our constituents in the forefront of every program and policy decision with a goal of helping them to live a lif

Join Us for Patient Centered Outcome Research Trainings for Asthma Research

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is training people affected by asthma to learn about research. If you have asthma, or are the parent or caregiver of someone with asthma, learn about the different types of research and how research can help people make future health care decisions. In this interactive training, participants will learn about: asthma management clinical research and the clinical research process patient centered outcomes research how to become involved in research...

Pledge Your #TealLove to Someone With Asthma or Allergies This Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day can be a challenge for people with allergies and asthma. Many traditional gifts and activities can be allergy and asthma triggers. #TealLove means choosing gifts that are allergy- and asthma-friendly. How can you pledge your #TealLove to someone with asthma and allergies on Valentine's Day? Show your asthma and allergy awareness with our #TealLove awareness image. Download the image to use as your profile pic and share on social media. Choose asthma- and allergy-friendly...

AAFA St. Louis’ RESCUE® Program Keeps Kids with Asthma in Class

What happens when a child has an asthma attack while at school? If they’re lucky, they have asthma rescue medication at school that they can use. Unfortunately, many students do not. For these unlucky students, an asthma attack often means making a trip to the hospital or going home. Why don’t all students who need it have this medication at school? Sometimes they do not have a prescription for it. Other times the problem is money: their parents cannot afford to buy the medicine. Getting a...

Thank You to Our Donors, Supporters and Partners

On behalf of all of us at AAFA—and the many, many millions we hope to serve—our sincere thanks for your support this past year. Every day, we help families learn to manage their asthma and allergies, and we fight to keep patients safe and healthy. Thank you to our donors, supporters and partners! You are making a difference in the lives of millions of children and adults living with asthma and allergies. From all of us, best wishes to you and yours for a happy and healthy holiday. We look...

Student Raises Asthma Awareness Through Senior Project About AAFA

Chelsea Johnson was diagnosed with asthma in the fifth grade. So when the senior at Plain Dealing High School in Plain Dealing, Louisiana, started to work on her senior project, she knew she wanted to help an asthma organization. For her project, Chelsea decided to raise money for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). She also had to write an eight-page paper. With the help of her English teacher, Kimberly Shelton, Chelsea searched for asthma organizations online. AAFA’s...

AAFA Names 15 States to 2016 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools

The 2016 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR) report identifies states that make it a priority to create healthy school settings for students with asthma and allergies. This annual report lists states with comprehensive laws and policies aimed at keeping children with asthma and allergies healthy at school.

A Family Gives Meaning to a Life Lost to Asthma

Michelle lost her sister, Tiffany, when she died from asthma in 2014. Tragically, Tiffany had suffered her first-ever exercise-induced asthma attack. After the devastating loss of her sister, Michelle and her family wanted to make sure that no other family had to lose a loved one like their family did. Michelle and her family now raise awareness about asthma and support AAFA because of AAFA’s mission to improve the lives of people with asthma and allergic diseases through education, advocacy...

The 2016 Fall Allergy Capitals: How Does Your City Rank?

Did you know that fall allergies can be just as bad as spring allergies? Our 2016 Fall Allergy Capitals TM report identifies the most challenging places to live with fall allergies among the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. This report is your guide to help prevent and manage allergy symptoms if you live in one of these cities. Here is our top five national list of the most challenging cities: Jackson, Mississippi Memphis, Tennessee McAllen, Texas Louisville, Kentucky Syracuse, New...

Help People With Asthma and Allergies Through Federal Workplace Giving

If you are a federal employee, consider making a difference in the lives of people with asthma and allergies with an easy donation through your paycheck. You likely know someone with asthma and allergies – or perhaps you are affected. According to the CDC, 1 in 14 people have asthma. In children, asthma is the leading cause for missed school days. Allergic disease is rising, affecting as many as 30% of adults and 40% of children. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) was...

Honor Student Holds Concert to Raise Awareness for Asthma and Allergies

As a lifetime patient of both asthma and allergies, I am all too familiar with the late night ambulance trips to the emergency room because of an asthma attack or the rude interruption of a peanut or tree nut in my body at a classy restaurant. Such unfortunate circumstances are a constant fear in my life—just like they are for many others with asthma and severe allergies. Though my asthma has improved since I was a young child (I am now a passionate long distance runner—still running with my...

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