Our Advocacy Efforts

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.

The Association of Asthma Educators is proud to be a partner in the support of improving childhood asthma, as a member of the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition.   To fully understand this partnership, please view the link, which includes updates on recent asthma literature on research, news, and events supporting are shared goals of increasing awareness and advocacy for children with asthma.

Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition (CALC)

recent literature reviews

CALC Lit Review Nov 11, 2019.pdf

CALC Lit Review Aug 19, 2019.pdf

CALC Lit Review Apr 26, 2019.pdf

CALC Lit Review Jan 10, 2020

CALC Lit Review Jan 31, 2020

CALC Lit Review Feb 14, 2020

2019 Initiatives

AAE has been active in the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition (CALC) and, as such, has been instrumental in:

  1. CALC Letter of Support for the Elijah E. Cummings Family Asthma Act

    November 21, 2019

    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

  2. CALC Letter to Administration on Banning Flavored E-Cigarettes

    October 22, 2019

    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

  3. CALC Letter Urges Congress to Raise Tobacco Age to 21

    September 10, 2019

    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

Past Initiatives:

  1. Supporting the Elementary and Secondary School Act/Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) passed by Congress and signed into law December 2015. On page 206 a provision was added which will allow school districts to use some of their federal education block grants to pay for the development and implementation of school asthma management plans. Download PDF of letter by clicking here.
  2. Supporting the CMS/Medicaid rule change that allows non-providers to be reimbursed for asthma education. Download PDF of letter by clicking here.
  3. Asking HUD for smoke-free housing. Download PDF of letter by clicking here.
  4. Asking numerous government agencies to help in decreasing racial disparities and improving asthma outcomes. Download PDF of letter by clicking here
  5. Asking to extend CHIP funding. Download PDF of letter by clicking here

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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.

Become an Advocate!

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.

Past advocacy activities

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