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AAFA and Rabbit Air Team Up to Help At-Risk Children With Asthma

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Rabbit Air have teamed up to help children in San Diego, California, and St. Louis, Missouri, have better indoor air quality to improve asthma management. AAFA is currently working with Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. We are helping them grow and expand their severe asthma clinic by providing funding, education support, and building their community network. AAFA staff meet with members of the Rady Children’s severe asthma clinic...

AAFA Teams With OMRON Healthcare to Provide Nebulizers to Vulnerable Patients With Asthma

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is working with OMRON Healthcare to distribute medical-grade nebulizers and expand access to asthma management technology to underserved communities nationwide through AAFA's regional chapters . We appreciate Omron's support of AAFA's mission to address health disparities across the U.S . PRESS RELEASE OMRON Healthcare, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) Join Together to Provide More Respiratory Medical Care to Underserved...

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With the Latest Issue of freshAAIR™ Magazine

The Spring 2021 issue of freshAAIR™ Magazine – our digital magazine for people with asthma and allergies – is available! This special issue includes tips and information to help you improve your indoor air quality for a healthier home. It also highlights our asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program . The Certification Program helps people make informed purchases for a healthier home. Even if a product is labeled “hypoallergenic” or “asthma and allergy friendly,” it doesn’t mean...

AAFA's Experts Help FDA and NIH Address Safety of Asthma Medications During Pregnancy and Lactation

Asthma is one of the most common medical problems that occurs during pregnancy. It can be potentially serious. Asthma can get worse during pregnancy and lead to problems like high blood pressure, early labor and delivery, and low birth weight. Asthma can even cause death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracks pregnancy-related deaths (from any cause) in the United States in a system called the Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System (PMSS) . The rate of maternal deaths...

AAFA Supports Bills Aimed at Saving and Improving the Lives of Black Mothers

Update as of March 2, 2021: Advocacy Action Alert! Ask your representatives to support the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act. Use our simple tool at the bottom of this blog post to email a letter or share your message on Twitter. On Feb. 8, 2021, Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL), Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and other leaders of Congress introduced the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act . The act is made up of 12 bills introduced by Black Maternal Health Caucus members.

2021 Allergy Capitals™ Report: Where Does Your City Rank?

Does a change in season cause you to have a stuffy nose and watery, itchy eyes? Do you find yourself sneezing a lot during the spring and fall? If so, you may live in an Allergy Capital™. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has released the 2021 Allergy Capitals™ report . This report ranks the top 100 most challenging cities in the continental United States to live with seasonal pollen allergies. The report includes both spring and fall data to create a ranking of the top 100...

AAFA Advocacy Recap and What’s Next in 2021

The year 2020 was unlike any other – filled with loss and uncertainty for so many. With the nation still rocked by a global pandemic, this year is proving to be no different. Despite many obstacles, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) remains committed to advocating for the asthma and allergy community. Last year, we led and took part in more than 20 different coalitions working together to move bills through Congress and state governments. Four of the bills AAFA championed...

Asthma and Allergies in 2020: Hope and Support During Uncertainty

Like many organizations, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The asthma and allergy community has been heavily impacted by several events of 2020: The public health emergency and economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic Loss of health care or delayed access to medications due to the pandemic Record-breaking wildfires and health impacts related to natural disasters and air pollution Widespread upheaval over racial...

A Kind Heart: One Mom Shares Her Daughter’s Legacy to Help Prevent Asthma Deaths

It shouldn’t have happened. Not to Urainia Bendter. Not to her ex-husband. Not to her partner Lamont Sykes. Not to her grieving son. Not to her newborn daughter. And not to Adaora Elikwu. At only 12 years old, Adaora was destined for greatness. She knew what she wanted − to go an Ivy League school and be a lawyer one day. She was well on her way, having been accepted into the DREAM Specialized High School Institute to earn a seat at a specialized high school in New York City. Talkative and...

Asthma Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment in the U.S. Is Changing – What the New Guidelines Say

On Dec. 3, 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced updates to the clinical guidelines used to diagnose and manage asthma. The new guidelines are titled "The 2020 Focused Updates to the Asthma Management Guidelines: A Report from The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Working Group." The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the NIH, oversaw the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Coordinating Committee (NAEPPCC) and...

AAFA and Other Groups Ask New Administration to Protect People With Pre-Existing Conditions

The countdown to Inauguration Day has begun. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has joined 32 patient groups to represent millions of people with pre-existing conditions. We are urging lawmakers to spend their first 100 days in office working to make sure people have access to high-quality, affordable health coverage. “ The 100 Days Agenda: A Patient-First Blueprint ” outlines specific steps the president and other elected officials can take to protect patients. The first...

AAFA Receives CDC Funding Award to Improve Asthma Care and Outcomes for At-Risk Populations Through Comprehensive Community Health Interventions

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is spearheading yet another new venture geared toward improving health outcomes for our nation’s most at-risk groups affected by asthma. These groups include Black, Hispanic and Indigenous Americans, senior adults, expectant mothers, children with asthma, and our nation’s military who have developed asthma while in service.

Will You Help Prevent a Flu/COVID-19 “Twindemic”?

As we continue to fight COVID-19 , we are now in flu season too. Get your flu shot and join the staff at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to prevent a “twindemic.” What Is a “Twindemic” and Why Should You Be Concerned? A “twindemic” is a word used to describe the spread of the flu and the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 at the same time. As we have seen, COVID-19 spreads easily. So far, it has been responsible for millions of infections and hundreds of thousands of...

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