The Association of Asthma Educators actively engages in Advocacy efforts on the behalf of its members in order to reduce asthma disparities and improve asthma outcomes.
AAE has been active in the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition (CALC) and, as such, has been instrumental in:
Member of the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition (CALC) sent the attached letter to Capitol Hill, urging support for the Elijah E. Cummings Family Asthma Act. Led by Representatives Engel, Upton, Cox, and King, the Cummings Family Asthma Act builds upon the late Congressman Cummings’ legacy as an unwavering champion for health care equity and justice, and a leader on policies that helped children and families impacted by asthma. READ THE LETTER HERE
Member of the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition (CALC) recently sent the attached letter to Secretary Azar thanks Department of Health and Human Services for its recent announcement that the Administration will remove all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes from the market. This is a step in the right direction towards ending the vaping epidemic and protecting children, including those with asthma, from exposure to these deadly toxins. CALC urges HHS to move forward swiftly to address this epidemic. READ THE LETTER HERE
On August 19, members of the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition (CALC) sent this letter to leadership on Capitol Hill, urging Congress to support raising the national minimum legal sale age (MLSA) for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21 years.
By restricting young peoples’ access to these harmful products, raising the MLSA of tobacco products to 21 is one of many important actions that can help to protect all children from tobacco addiction, second-hand smoke exposure, and their associated negative health consequences.
This year, bipartisan members of Congress have made this issue a priority. The letter praises provisions included in the bipartisan compromise that was recently reported out of the Senate HELP Committee as part of the Lower Health Care Costs Act (S. 1895), Senators Schatz’s and Young’s Tobacco to 21 Act (S. 1258), Representative DeGette’s companion bill in the House (H.R. 2411), and Representative Pallone’s Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act (H.R. 2339). These proposals take bold action to reduce tobacco use among youth and young adults. The letter urges Congress to enact similarly strong legislation this year. READ THE LETTER HERE
Recently, AAE was a co-signer (with ALA, AAP, AAAAI and many others) in a letter that was sent to all Senators and Representatives in Washington DC to support funding for CDC’s National Asthma Control Program at $30.596 million for FY 2017. VIEW THE LETTER HERE
The increase in FY 2016 will mean two or three additional states will have the opportunity for federal funding for their state's asthma program.
Are you ready to take your advocacy efforts to the next level? Are you not sure how to begin? Our friends at AAN have produced a helpful video, whether you are taking on Washington D.C. , or your local leaders.