The nation’s leading experts launch policy agenda to help people with asthma breathe easier

Major asthma organizations publish the National Asthma Policy Agenda, and host a webinar on June 1

ChicagoAnd the May 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nearly 25 million Americans have asthma, including 5.5 million children. To help people with asthma and save lives, the American Lung Association and other leading asthma experts with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health (CDC) will release the National Asthma Policy Agenda on June 1.

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that makes it difficult to move air in and out of the lungs. It causes millions of lost school and work days each year and is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children.

Asthma’s burden United State Complex, multifactorial, unequal and dangerous. Efforts to treat asthma should be equally important and should consider the underlying systemic causes of the disease and the barriers to controlling it.” Harold Wemmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “This document outlines a national asthma policy that lawmakers, regulators, and advocates must act upon. To save lives, we all need to work together to advance these important policy recommendations.”

The national public policy agenda is already making a difference for people with asthma. Since the agenda was first set in 2009, there have been several notable achievements, including the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the adoption of stricter national air standards for particulate pollution in 2012 and ozone in 2015, and the implementation of the 2018 policy Smoke-free public housing for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“The impact of asthma on the quality of life, health, and opportunity for families across this country is enormous. The National Asthma Policy Agenda, spearheaded by the American Lung Association and its partners, is comprehensive, achievable, and urgently needed. Adopting this plan goes to the heart of addressing the social determinants of health and opportunity. and equality – and will create much better outcomes for not only healthcare but the environment, education, work attendance and healthy housing. We strongly support this agenda and urge its adoption at all levels of government and public policy” Ruth Ann NortonPresident and CEO, Green and Healthy Home Initiative.

“The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has been pleased to contribute to this national policy agenda update. We hope this agenda, which reflects many of the policy recommendations on our site. Asthma Disparities Report in AmericaSaves lives, improves health outcomes and reduces costly asthma costs (latest estimate 82 billion dollars/ year),’ he said Kenneth Mendes, President and CEO of AAFA. “More than 4,100 people die each year from asthma. Black Americans are three times more likely to die from asthma than white Americans and five times more likely to be treated for asthma in hospital emergency rooms. We must act now to support the recommendations in this agenda to reform the stark disparities that There are still cases of death and morbidity due to asthma in United State. “

“Public policy is necessary to ensure that the right treatment reaches the right patient at the right time with the fewest number of barriers. The Allergy and Asthma Network is excited to work with our partners in the advocacy community to advance these policy priorities and ensure they are provided with the right resources,” he said. Tonya A. Winderspresident and CEO of the Allergy and Asthma Network.

The National Policy Agenda for Asthma consists of 22 policy recommendations in six categories: public health infrastructure and surveillance. outdoor air healthcare systems and finance; Role; schools; and workplaces. The agenda has been set by a broad and multidisciplinary group of asthma professionals, medical professionals, and public health and policy experts.

on me June 1 in 2 p.m. Central timeThe Lung Association will host a webinar for partner organizations to learn about recommended policies and strategies from the National Asthma Policy Agenda. Registration for the webinar is available here.

The American Lung Association encourages asthma-focused organizations and stakeholders to download the National Asthma Policy Agenda, which will be available at June 1, to begin developing these policies at the local, state, and federal levels.

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