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Black Health in America

Much still needs to be done to reduce asthma and allergy disparities among Black Americans. AAFA's Chief Mission Officer, Melanie Carver, and an AAFA community member, Lynell Doyle, talk about what we can continue to do to improve Black health in America. Read the articles to learn more.
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The 411 on 504 Plans

Children with asthma and food allergies need a school care plan in place to outline how their condition will be managed at school. One common type of plan is a 504 plan. If you feel your child needs a 504 plan, now is the time to start the process. Get detailed information on what a 504 plan is, if your child needs one, how to work with the school, and more.

Help Us Advocate for Better Child Care Policies for Food Allergies

In November 2017, Elijah Silvera passed away from a severe allergic reaction to a grilled cheese sandwich. Staff at his preschool failed to follow emergency protocols to treat anaphylaxis. Since then, Elijah's parents have been advocating for states to adopt policies that would ensure child care facilities take concrete steps to manage food allergies for the children in their care. AAFA supports the adoption of Elijah’s Law across the country. You can advocate for Elijah's Law in your state too. Read and download our Elijah's Law Report and Advocacy Toolkit to find out how you can take action.

Ask Congress to Fund the National Asthma Control Program

The CDC's National Asthma Control Program makes a difference in the communities it serves. But it needs funding to expand its efforts. Use our simple tool to send a message to Congress to ask them to fund the program.

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Clearing the Air: How to Choose an Air Cleaner

A CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® air cleaner can help you create a healthier home environment. Find out how to choose the right air cleaner for your space and make sure it's been tested to prove it actually improves your indoor air quality.


Nucala (Mepolizumab) Prefilled Syringe Approved for Children Ages 6 to 11 With Severe Eosinophilic Asthma

The FDA approved a prefilled syringe of NUCALA (a biologic treatment) for children with severe eosinophilic asthma. This will make the treatment more convenient for parents to give to their kids at home. Read the press release.

Asthma and Allergy News From AAAAI

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) recently has been hosting their annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona, Feb. 25 - 28. During the conference, they released several asthma and allergy studies. Here's some of the latest news:


Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE): CME Program for Health Care Professionals 

If you are a health care professional interested in learning more about EoE, join us for a webinar titled “Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Guidelines and Emerging Evidence for Effective Management Strategies” on Tuesday, March 8 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

This free interactive online continuing medical education (CME) course will cover the diagnosis and management of EoE. The session features an expert panel that will discuss: 
  • How to recognize the symptoms of EoE across a variety of patient ages to facilitate an early diagnosis
  • Emerging data on new, more efficient, targeted agents for the management of EoE
  • And much more


Black History Month maybe be almost over but reducing systemic health care inequity is a year-round priority for AAFA. Black Americans are nearly 1.5 times more likely to have asthma, 5 times more likely to visit the emergency department because of it, and 3 times more likely to die because from their asthma. We’ve done the research and we know the numbers – now is the time to make a difference. 

Donate today to help us in serving our community, or reach out to us to share your story.

Did You Miss Our Last Issue?

If you didn't get a chance to read our January 2022 issue, check it out to learn more about managing asthma symptoms during cold weather, new asthma and allergy research, choosing a pillow, and more.

Thank you for your continued support.

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