Newsletter - May 2018

Here's what's in this edition:

Arizona Grand Resort and SpaThe annual meeting is right around the corner! Make sure to register now to receive the early bird discount which ends soon. The conference will take place on July 20-22, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona at the luxurious Arizona Grand Resort which has numerous amenities including pools, waterslides, outdoor sports, golfing and more! Consider bringing your family and make it an end of the summer vacation trip as well! BROCHURE

There will be an amazing pharmacology preconference on Thursday, July 21st "Asthma In Special Populations". (To register for this special pre-conference session, you can access through the regular conference registration). We also have nationally renowned speakers for the general sessions well. Read more about speakers below. 

  • Brian A. King, PhD, MPH, serves as the Deputy Director for Research Translation in the office of Smoking and Health at the CDC in Atlanta. He will be speaking on “Public Health Promise or Peril? The Rise of E-cigarettes and Implications for Public Health Policy and Practice.” 
  • Hannah Green works in Washington, DC, and is the Director of National Health Policy for the American Lung Association. She is coming to speak on the national Asthma Care Coverage Project. 
  • Christina Kang M.M., M.S., CCC is a speech-language pathologist from the Mayo Clinic who is presenting on the diagnosis and treatment of vocal cord dysfunction. 
  • Tonya Winders, MBA is the president and chief executive officer of the Allergy and Asthma Network. She will be discussing national advocacy initiatives. 
  • Randall Brown, MD, MPH, AE-C is a pulmonologist and director of Asthma and COPD Programs at the Center for Managing Chronic Disease at the University of Michigan. He will be addressing the clinical features and therapy of asthma/COPD overlap (ACOS). 
  • Leroy Graham, MD, FCCP is a pulmonologist and CEO of the asthma education advocacy program Not One More Life in Atlanta, Georgia. He will be presenting information of disparities and differential responses to asthma treatment. 
  • Mona Tsoukleris, MS, PharmD is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice & Science (PPS) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She will be leading an interactive discussion about patient engagement in asthma therapies at the pharmacy. 
  • Mansel Nelson, MS, is the senior Program Coordinator for the Tribal Environmental Education Outreach Program (TEEOP) at Northern Arizona University. He will highlight programs utilizing home visits, healthy homes initiatives and improved indoor air quality to enhance Native American Respiratory Health. 
These are just a few of the many diverse speakers scheduled for this year’s annual meeting. We hope that you will come and learn from these national experts in their field, become inspired by others’ works and network with colleagues who share a passion for asthma education. Learn more about and register for the annual meeting by clicking here.

Asthma Awareness Month! 

Help us celebrate AAE's 20th anniversary and Asthma Awareness month by participating in local asthma advocacy and education events.


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. Check it out HERE.

The 21st annual Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill is set for Wednesday, May 9 in Washington, D.C.

Join the Asthma and Allergy Network as we advocate on behalf of allergy and asthma patients. We'll meet face-to-face with members of Congress and their staff and we'll host a Congressional Lunch Briefing. REGISTER NOW

Asthma Awareness Month Membership Drive:

The AAE is celebrating Asthma Month with a membership drive!
Celebrate Asthma Month with us by recruiting new members and you could win a 1 year free membership to the AAE! Entry is easy, when you recruit a new member, simply have them list you as the referring member on the membership application page. There are no limits as to how many times you enter or new members you recruit! Winners with be drawn at the conclusion of the month.

Encourage an associate or colleague to join today!

Membership Brochure

Consider nominating someone to receive an Asthma Advocate of the Month award 

If you know anyone doing meaningful asthma work of any kind, you can nominate that person to receive this recognition. The recipient does not have to be an active member of the AAE. If you would like to nominate someone, please email with the person’s name, email address and a few sentences on why he/she deserves this recognition.

Congratulations to Susan Ross, RN, Clinical Nurse Advisor of Minnesota Department of Health Asthma Program who was nominated by AAE as Asthma Advocate of the month for her continued dedication to improving asthma education. (See below for more about Susan)

Help Wanted

In order to continue our important work, the AAE needs members to serve on the following committees and projects:

  • Education – developing educational materials and programs
  • Advocacy - working to promote asthma initiatives locally, regionally and nationally
  • Website – assisting with website resource development
  • Newsletter – contributing writers, editors and layout assistance

Please contact us at if you are interested in participating or want more information on how to get involved!

Thinking about taking the AE-C exam?

Consider applying for the E. Ellis Scholarship. This scholarship has been created by the founding members of AAE in memory of Elliot F. Ellis, MD. The scholarship is available to AAE members in good standing who are seeking to obtain certification as a certified asthma educator (AE-C) through the National Asthma Education Certification Board. The scholarship helps cover the cost of the exam. More information and the application can be found on the E. Ellis Scholarship Application page.

Congratulations, Susan Ross, RN, AE-C, AAE's Asthma Advocate of the Month!

Susan Ross is the RN, AE-C is Clinical Advisor for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Asthma Program and has worked developing programs, clinical tools and educational programs for clinicians, health professionals, school personnel and the general public. She has been an RN for over 38 years.

In collaboration with her amazing asthma team members, she has developed, project managed, written, and edited many of their asthma projects including: the MDH interactive Asthma Action Plan (iAAP), the Coach’s Asthma Clipboard Program ( and the Minnesota State High School League Asthma Training module – ‘Athlete’s and Asthma: A Coach’s Role.  She is currently managing the MDH asthma program’s Asthma Friendly Schools Mini-grant program and coordinates the  AAE’s- Becoming an Asthma Educator and Care Coordinator trainings in  MN.

Susan has presented at national, state and Minnesota conferences including the CDC, EPA and the American College of Preventive Medicine. She has been an advisory member recommended by the CDC to represent state health departments and a contributing author for the NIH, NAEPP Guideline Implementation Panel (GIP) Report writing the GIP supplemental document, “Establishing a framework of patient-centered care for developing the GIP Implementation Plan”

Susan is the recipient of the “2007 Award of Excellence” from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and received the “2011 MN Community Health Services” award for ‘making a positive difference in the lives of Minnesotans with asthma”. We are excited to recognize Susan as AAE’s Asthma Advocate of the Month!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Association of Asthma Educators! 

What started off as an idea among a group of asthma educators and colleagues to fill a need has now grown into the leading asthma education organization in the country. We could not have done this without the innovative vision of the founding members, and the tireless efforts of all of you through the years, but there is still much work to be done.

Board of Directors

Please consider running for the board of directors. We need your help, talents, new ideas and leadership to advance our mission. One of the greatest strengths of AAE is our diverse membership which is focused on our common goal. More information will be sent out to the membership and placed on our website soon!

Asthma Education/Self-Management Program

AAE member, Stuart Tousman, will be conducting a free online asthma education/self-management program this summer. He presented the original findings on this effective program at the 2016 conference in Jacksonville, Florida. In the program, adults with asthma or caregivers who have children with asthma are asked to share their experiences about asthma. Brief YouTube videos are then available to watch that highlight NHLBI guidelines regarding topics such as triggers, medications, and asthma control. Program participants found that the interactive engaging communication really helped them to better understand asthma and how to self-manage it. If you would like a patient flyer about this program or are interested in participating as a provider, please contact Stuart at

Important Dates

  • Sustainable Financing for Asthma education and Home Environmental Trigger Remediation
    May 7, 2018
    DETAILS click here
  • Asthma Day on Capitol Hill
    May 9, 2018
    DETAILS click here
  • 7th Annual Pediatric Asthma Education Conference
    May 9, 2018
    DETAILS click here
  • AAE Certification Prep Course
    May 18 - 19, 2018, Helena, MT
    DETAILS click here
  • ATS 2018
    May 18 - 25, 2018, San Diego, CA
    DETAILS click here
  • AAE Annual Conference: Assembling the Puzzle of Asthma Education and Treatment
    July 20-22: Arizona Grand Resort and Spa. Phoenix, AZ
    DETAILS click here
Please contact us at if you are interested in participating or want more information on how to get involved!

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