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Re: Our Commitment to Bridging the Gap In Racial Disparities

MPH ·
I know exactly how it feels to say and feel “I can’t breathe”. How people would do nothing to help. Do everything to cover it up. Because Doctors under my care did so on purpose to me. Soon my living heck will be over. No more covering it up. No more mental abuse. No more physical abuse. Because as a Doctor said “no one cares about you”.
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Our Commitment to Bridging the Gap In Racial Disparities

AAFA Community Services ·
U.S. systems have historically failed Black Americans and other marginalized groups. AAFA's goal is to dramatically reduce the burden of asthma and allergies for underserved groups within five years.
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Asthma Disparities in America: It’s Time for Real and Lasting Change

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

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

ElleBJ01 ·
CHI-ASMA sounds like a perfect partner for our project Breathe IE, here in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in California. We are a non profit that has been funded to help children, aged 3-18 years old, with asthma and their families to recognize and reduce triggers in the home environment. Community Health Workers, such as myself, work with these families, either virtually or in-home, using a curriculum that is engaging and interactive, so that children and their families are excited...
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Re: AAFA Receives CDC Funding Award to Improve Asthma Care and Outcomes for At-Risk Populations Through Comprehensive Community Health Interventions

Kathy P ·
Welcome ElleBJ01 - that sounds like a great program! Someone from the AAFA team will be in touch to learn more about your program.
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Re: AAFA Receives CDC Funding Award to Improve Asthma Care and Outcomes for At-Risk Populations Through Comprehensive Community Health Interventions

Lorene ·
Hi @ElleBJ01 - thank you for reaching out regarding our program! I sent you an email to the address on file. Looking forward to learning more about your work in the Imperial Valley. Lorene
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Asthma Impacts on American Indian/Alaska Native People

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America report on Asthma Disparities in America looks at the burden of asthma on racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Health disparities are preventable health differences between groups of people. Health disparities are higher burdens of illness or death linked to social, economic, and environmental disadvantages. For example, if one group of people has a higher rate of asthma than another group of people, it is an asthma disparity. This month is...
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Re: Asthma Impacts on American Indian/Alaska Native People

Bamidele ·
Even in africa here..it's total war to survive as an individual let alone an asthmatic individual.
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It Never Should Have Happened: Recognizing Racial Bias in Asthma Could Have Saved Valerie’s Husband

AAFA Community Services ·
On Sept. 16, 2020, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released our Asthma Disparities in America report. This report looks at how asthma affects Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native groups in the United States. After coming across this report, Valerie Vison reached out to share her story. In the essay below, you’ll hear from Valerie, who lost her husband, Jordan, to asthma on July 22. In a World of “What If” – Could Racial Bias Have Contributed to My 30-Year-Old...
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A Kind Heart: One Mom Shares Her Daughter’s Legacy to Help Prevent Asthma Deaths

AAFA Community Services ·
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...
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Re: It Never Should Have Happened: Recognizing Racial Bias in Asthma Could Have Saved Valerie’s Husband

Linsley Fernandes da Silva ·
I'm sorry about your husband. It wasn't your fault. Asthma is realy dangerous and is a trouble for who have It and for who give us support to survive. He is thankfull of you, wherever he is now. Keep living and remmembering yours good moments lived together.
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Re: A Kind Heart: One Mom Shares Her Daughter’s Legacy to Help Prevent Asthma Deaths

Shea ·
I am heartbroken to hear what happened to Urainia. I will do as much as possible to advocate for those with asthma and I keep her and her family in my heart and thoughts and prayers. My son and I both face life-threatening allergies and I have asthma as well, and big reactions can come at any time-- these diseases are beyond tough, and we need our human team to bring greater awareness to the severe nature of reactions, and to preparedness, to protect our families.
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Re: A Kind Heart: One Mom Shares Her Daughter’s Legacy to Help Prevent Asthma Deaths

cassalia ·
Thank you @Shea ! Stay healthy and safe and let us hope for a wonderful 2021!
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Re: A Kind Heart: One Mom Shares Her Daughter’s Legacy to Help Prevent Asthma Deaths

Iris1971 ·
I'm so sorry for the sudden loss of this beautiful child who held so much promise. As a person with uncontrolled asthma and life-threatening food and drug allergies, I've struggled all my life with trying to have my health challenges taken seriously by those around me. I support the work of AAFA and other organizations involved with the advocacy of asthma patients and their treatment. The recognition of asthma as a serious disease has come a long way. However, there's much work to do yet. I...
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Re: A Kind Heart: One Mom Shares Her Daughter’s Legacy to Help Prevent Asthma Deaths

Mikki Buckland ·
I found this so sad. My heart goes out to her family and friends. Mikki Buckland.
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Asthma and Black Americans: A Closer Look at Disparities and Solutions For Change

AAFA Community Services ·
Asthma disparities among Black communities in the United States have existed for many decades. Experts have studied and noted the causes in great detail. Recently, the focus finally started to shift from talking about the problem to changing it.
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Town Hall: Black Americans and the COVID-19 Vaccine

AAFA Community Services ·
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Black Americans hard. According to The COVID Racial Data Tracker , the COVID death rate of Black Americans is 1.5 times that of white people. We now have two COVID-19 vaccines , with more on the way. While the vaccines offer hope overall, they raise other concerns. Many Black Americans may not be able to get it. Or they may choose to not to get it. The National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) held a virtual town hall on Jan. 25, 2021, to examine barriers that may...
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Re: AAFA Advocacy Recap and What’s Next in 2021

lori1022 ·
Thank you for this summary. Such important initiatives to Champion! Pets/ESA/manipulative use of animal in public use business spaces by the public and animal owners in AIRLINERS (especially closed spaces) and event store/shop/retail/restaurant space businesses. Has been long, long, overdue. This has been extremely harmful for the disability population as we have seen. An application of service animal needed to be made OR ENFORCED. By large business associations and large companies, only way...
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Re: Health Care Disparities in the Asthma and Allergy Community (Videos and Resources)

JR ·
The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are both appropriate for adults over the age of 18 (Pfizer's can be given to teens/adults at 16 years old and up). Now, if you're coughing and choking because you have COVID, you should hold off on getting the vaccine until you feel better ( per the CDC ). If you are coughing and choking because you have an allergies (e.g., pollen, peanuts, pineapple, etc), you can still get the vaccine. That said, if you are allergic to any of the specific...
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Re: Health Care Disparities in the Asthma and Allergy Community (Videos and Resources)

Lorene ·
Hi @californiamom ! Welcome to the community. We have a blog post with lots of information on the COVID-19 vaccines . The post includes and easy-to-use chart that explains who should get which vaccine, who should talk their doctor first, and who may want to wait. Have you signed up for your vaccine appointment yet? Thanks for the reminder to smile - I always appreciate a good smile. Lorene
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AAFA Advocacy Recap and What’s Next in 2021

Jenna R. ·
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...
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Health Care Disparities in the Asthma and Allergy Community (Videos and Resources)

AAFA Community Services ·
The New England Chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recently hosted a webinar to examine health equity among Black Americans. Four experts joined the online discussion, titled “Speaker Series: Health Care Disparities in the Asthma and Allergy Community.” The panel looked at how these factors affect health equity: Social determinants of health Structural racism Implicit bias Asthma Disparities in America The burden of asthma in the U.S. falls disproportionately on...
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AAFA Honors Black History Month With a Focus on Health Equity

AAFA Community Services ·
February marks Black History Month in the United States. It celebrates the major achievements of Black Americans throughout history. It is also a chance to learn about key moments that have not only shaped the Black experience in America, but that of the entire nation. Black History Month is often a time to look at how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. At the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), we believe one of the best ways to honor the past is to heal the present and...
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Re: Health Care Disparities in the Asthma and Allergy Community (Videos and Resources)

californiamom ·
which vaccine do you suggest for a senior with breathing and coughing and choking issues? MODERNA, PFIZER OR JOHNSON AND JOHNSON? .....AND DON'T YOU FORGET TO SMILE TODAY. I KNOW I AM. On Thu, Feb 25, 2021 at 11:16 AM Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America < support@aafa.org> wrote:
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AAFA Partners With National Minority Quality Forum on Critical Research to Help Reduce Asthma Disparities

AAFA Community Services ·
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is working with the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) on important asthma research. The goal of this partnership is to provide helpful data to help reduce asthma disparities among minority groups. NMQF is a health care research and education nonprofit. Their mission is to reduce patient risk by assuring the best possible care for all. They combine data and knowledge to help end health disparities. This data helps health care providers,...
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AAFA Supports Bills Aimed at Saving and Improving the Lives of Black Mothers

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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Improving Social Determinants of Health Can Reduce Asthma Disparities

AAFA Community Services ·
Update as of March 2, 2021: Advocacy Action Alert! Ask your representatives to support t he Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2021 . Use our simple tool at the bottom of this blog post to email a letter or share your message on Twitter. Social and economic factors play a big role in health disparities in the United States. A health disparity is when a health condition, like asthma, affects one group of people differently than another group. In the U.S., Black, Hispanic, and...
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Re: A Kind Heart: One Mom Shares Her Daughter’s Legacy to Help Prevent Asthma Deaths

Iris1971 ·
I'm so sorry for your loss. Your daughter was a beautiful young girl. ~ Irs1971
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Re: A Kind Heart: One Mom Shares Her Daughter’s Legacy to Help Prevent Asthma Deaths

Alyssa’s Cause 2002 ·
I am new to this group I lost my 18-year-old daughter to an acute asthma attack on December 6th 2020 and I want to learn more about what I can do to help spread awareness of this horrible disease?
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Re: A Kind Heart: One Mom Shares Her Daughter’s Legacy to Help Prevent Asthma Deaths

cassalia ·
@Alyssa’s Cause 2002 Thank you so much for reaching out to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and joining our online support group. We are truly sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter Alyssa. Please feel free to email me at mcassalia@aafa.org and we can discuss ways for you to honor your daughter and help spread awareness. Everyone at AAFA is here to support you during this difficult time. My sincere condolences, Michele
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Re: AAFA Supports Bills Aimed at Saving and Improving the Lives of Black Mothers

Shea ·
I am not black but I had no support in the workplace during pregnancy, and my (now-ex) child's father only stole from me in that yi e period. I became ill, but worked until two days before I gave birth, used all my vacation days for the first 2 weeks after, actually had to bring my infant to work in my office after that, taking breaks to breast feed, and I got really sick during pregnancy and after. I had developed severe asthma during pregnancy, and then had a heart attack caused by a...
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Twitter Chat: Environmental Justice and Asthma Health Impacts on Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous Americans

AAFA Community Services ·
Join the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the American Public Health Association's (APHA) Environment Section on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) for a Twitter chat on environmental justice and asthma health, as well as how these issues affect Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native groups. Follow @AAFANational and @APHAEnvironment and use the hashtag #EJAH2021 to join the conversation. AAFA, APHA's Environment Section, and other experts will...
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Re: AAFA Advocacy Recap and What’s Next in 2021

MG ·
We agree with you, lori 1022. The problem spans all aspects of life: education, housing, work, transportation, medical care, recreation and basic activities of daily living. We need laws to protect people who are allergic and/or anxious, as there is direct discrimination even in the laws that are written. People are taking their dogs everywhere, because first the legal system allowed them to, and then it became socially acceptable. The media has become an enormous partner in the problem,...
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AAFA Asks Congress to Tackle Racial Disparities in Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
As part of our advocacy efforts for people with asthma and allergies, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) visits Congress every year. We invite patients and advocates from across the U.S. to let Congress know what policies can help improve the lives of people managing allergic diseases. Meetings were held on Zoom this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic . The meetings focused on the urgent need to fix the nation’s health disparities gap. AAFA’s theme for this year’s meetings...
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