An AAFA advocate is someone who stands up for those with asthma and allergies. Many people, including our elected leaders, don’t know a lot about asthma and allergies. We need people to help us fight for:
- Policies for better treatments
- Improved Medicare and Medicaid benefits
- Access to high quality health care
- A cure
We need help to get the word out about critical issues. We can help raise awareness, increase education, improve diagnosis and fund research. This can improve the lives of everyone affected by asthma and allergies.
How Do I Advocate for Those With Asthma and Allergies?
There are a lot of ways to be an advocate.
- Join AAFA’s Action Network to become an AAFA Advocate
- Text “AAFA” to 313131 to receive Advocacy Action Alerts and updates via text
- Raise awareness by posting about asthma and allergies on your Facebook page. You can also follow and link to the social media pages of both AAFA and our food allergy division, Kids With Food Allergies:
- Visit your representative at their district office
- Write to the editor of your local paper about asthma and allergies
- Start a patient, family or caregiver group in your area
How Do I Join AAFA's Action Network?
When you join AAFA’s online community, you can become a part of our AAFA’s Action Network to advocate for asthma and allergies. The Action Network is the basis of our advocacy strategy. It provides information on current law campaigns. It also offers simple ways to contact Congress. Visit the website to:
- Become an AAFA advocate.
- Send pre-written letters to your representatives.
- Receive action alerts so you know when Congress is talking about asthma and allergy legislation.
- Learn more about asthma and allergy legislation.
What Is an Action Alert?
Action Alerts notify advocates about pending federal or state asthma and allergy legislation. When you sign up as an AAFA advocate, you will receive email alerts on national or state issues. When you receive an Action Alert, you can click a link to learn more about the issue. You can see why it’s important to those with asthma and allergies. You will also be able to send a pre-written letter to your elected officials. You can add your own story to the letter or send it as is.
Depending on the Action Alert, the website may send your letter to your senators, representatives or other officials. Click on the link, fill out the form, review the letter and click submit. It’s a simple way to stand up for the asthma and allergy community.
Who Can I Contact About Advocacy?
We need help to get the word out about critical issues. We can help raise awareness, increase education, improve diagnosis and fund research. This can improve the lives of everyone affected by asthma and allergies. Do you have advocacy-related questions or comments? Contact us gro.afaa@ycacovda for help.