Asthma and allergies are among the most prevalent chronic diseases in the United States. As part of our mission to improve life without limitsTM, AAFA supports public policies that improve and protect quality of life and treatment options for those living with asthma, allergies, and related conditions. AAFA addresses clinical and environmental aspects of allergies and asthma. Priority areas include clinical diagnosis, care, treatment and management; outdoor and indoor air quality; and healthy settings (housing, schools, and communities).
AAFA’s work is guided by our public policy and advocacy goals, as well as a set of patient-centered principles and annual policy targets:
- Enhance the visibility, status, and influence of the asthma and allergy community with policy-makers through effective advocacy and education, strategic information dissemination, and outreach.
- Develop and support advocacy and policy efforts to strengthen AAFA’s position as a leading voice for people with asthma and allergies.
- Promote the roles and contributions of AAFA and volunteers and advocates to the public, policy-makers, funders, and other external groups.
Areas of Focus and Issues
AAFA focuses on improving asthma and allergic disease awareness and understanding, and advancing basic and clinical research to prevent, treat, and cure these conditions. AAFA participates in the national policy-making process to influence public policies and identify priorities on a broad set of issues. AAFA works with key decision-makers, policy-makers and other health stakeholders to help shape legislation and regulation that impact people with asthma and allergies. Our nationwide network of advocates and our ongoing collaboration with several coalitions help us to achieve many legislative successes. For more information on specific issues click here.
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Be proactive in helping to shape policy and legislation by educating and informing legislators, policy-makers, and other key stakeholders. Join us to improve care and quality of life for asthma and allergic disease patients, families, and caregivers!
Visit AAFA's Action Center
The Action Center is the cornerstone of our advocacy efforts, providing information on current legislative campaigns and offering simple ways to make your voice heard in Congress and within your state legislative processes. Visit our Action Center to stay informed about important asthma and allergic disease-related legislation and to learn how to effectively communicate with your elected officials. Be sure to sign up as an advocate so that you can receive email updates and take action on legislation both nationwide and in your state!
AAFA Public Policy Positions and Statements
AAFA tracks and takes action to advance a wide array of policy topics and issues that impact the asthma and allergy community. AAFA prepares formal comments in response to requests for information or comments on major public policy topics of importance to the asthma and allergy communities. View AAFA’s public policy letters, comments, and statements of support.
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Learn more about how you can support policies that will improve access to care and treatment, and protect the rights of people with asthma and allergies.