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House Passes Bill Protecting Students With Asthma and Allergies, Moves to Senate for Vote

On Sept. 29, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act (H.R. 2468) . If passed by the Senate and signed into law by the president, this bill will help millions of U.S. school children with asthma and food allergies. This bill includes many of the policy recommendations from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation’s (AAFA) State Honor Roll for all public elementary and secondary schools. It would encourage states to put into place:...

Asthma Disparities in America: It’s Time for Real and Lasting Change

Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native people have the highest rates of asthma , hospital visits and asthma-related deaths. This has not changed since we first reported on it in 2005. It’s time to take bold steps to reduce disparities in asthma. Asthma Disparities in America Report Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released its Asthma Disparities in America report. This report looks at how asthma affects Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native...

Back to School: Creating a Healthy Environment for Students and Staff With Asthma and Allergies (Webinar)

School staff and parents are dealing with many challenges this school year because of COVID-19 . Policies and procedures may affect students and staff with asthma and allergies. Join the MedicAlert Foundation and Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), for a webinar on how parents and school staff can prepare for the new school year. RSVP now to join us for the MedicAlert LIVE Healthy Hour on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. ET.

AAFA Appoints Melanie Carver Chief Mission Officer

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is excited to announce Melanie Carver has been named Chief Mission Officer of the organization. As Chief Mission Officer, Carver will continue to lead AAFA’s programmatic work as a community-focused organization. Included in that community focus, she will oversee AAFA’s community outreach, marketing and communications, education, and asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program relations. She will also continue to help provide...

Advocacy Update: Funding for Asthma Programs and Food Allergy Research, Protections for Students, and Action on Sesame Allergy

Great Strides in July 2020 for People With Asthma and Allergies AAFA has made great strides this month in advocating for policies that protect people with asthma and allergies. The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act (H.R. 2468) and the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research (FASTER) Act (H.R. 2117) . These have been top priority issues for our organization and we're excited for this progress! UPDATE...

Asthma and Allergy Research With You as an Equal Partner

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) conducts and promotes patient-centered research to help you. This means your beliefs, preferences and needs are at the center of our research. Your input drives our advocacy work, guides our education programs and supports our community. Recently, we’ve studied the following topics: Symptoms of anaphylaxis in infants and toddlers Eczema burdens and people’s experiences with treatments Impact of COVID-19 on people with asthma and allergy Air...

Healthline Names AAFA Blog as One of the Best Blogs on Asthma for 2020

We are honored that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s blog has again been named one of the best asthma blogs by Healthline for 2020! Healthline is a health site with information on many health topics. We have received this honor since 2015 when we started our blog! Comment below to tell us what you want to see more of on our blog. We could not have received this honor without all of our supporters and members. Our blog will continue to bring you information about asthma and...

Letter to the FDA: Require Food Manufacturers to Post Substitutions

On May 22, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relaxed labeling guidelines for food companies . This is a temporary measure because of food supply issues due to COVID-19 (the new coronavirus). The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) met with the FDA to talk about how this will affect the food allergy community. After the meeting, we organized a joint letter with other food allergy advocacy organizations to send to the FDA. The letter addresses the FDA’s short-term food...

Carry Your Emergency Medicines Everywhere You Go When You Have Asthma and Allergies

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and MedicAlert have teamed up to help you manage your asthma and allergies prevent life-threatening emergencies. Make a pact to “ACT” to manage your asthma and allergies: “A” means have an action plan for asthma or anaphylaxis . “C” reminds you to carry emergency medicines and wear a medical ID to alert others of your condition. “T” calls for having a treatment plan that includes when to...

Join Our Twitter Chat to Learn How to Take Control of Your Asthma Health

Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at noon ET for a Twitter chat on how to take control of your asthma health. Follow @AAFAnational and @AAAAI_org and use the hashtag # asthmahealth to join the conversation. AAFA, AAAAI and other experts will answer questions about: What are common asthma symptoms? How is asthma diagnosed? What are common asthma triggers? What are some ways...

How an Action Plan Can Help You Treat Asthma and Allergic Reactions

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and MedicAlert have teamed up to help you manage your asthma and allergies prevent life-threatening emergencies. Make a pact to “ACT” to manage your asthma and allergies: “A” means have an action plan for asthma or anaphylaxis. “C” reminds you to carry emergency medicines and wear a medical ID to alert others of your condition. “T” calls for having a treatment plan that includes when to...

Easy Ways to Raise Awareness About Asthma and Allergies

Help us raise awareness about asthma and allergies during May, National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month . About 25 million people in the U.S. have asthma. And around 32 million Americans have food allergies. Asthma alone causes 1.8 million emergency department visits each year. And severe allergic reactions cause 30,000 emergency department visits. With the right education and treatment, we can help people manage asthma and allergies to reduce medical emergencies. The Asthma and Allergy...

ACT for Asthma and Allergy: AAFA and MedicAlert Team Up for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

More than 65 million people in the United States live with asthma or allergies to food , drugs or other allergens . About 3,600 people die each year from asthma – deaths that can often be prevented . COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) poses even more danger to people with asthma and allergies. To kick off National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and for World Asthma Day , the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the MedicAlert Foundation have partnered to raise awareness and...

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