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EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT GROUPS
AAFA has Educational Support Groups (ESGs) all across the country to help you gather relevant information about asthma and allergies and offer emotional support. Although the settings may vary, groups feature guest speakers, a medical advisor, and the vital sharing of information and solutions for disease management.

FIND A GROUP

 

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START A GROUP
Although AAFA has a number of ESG's across the country, there may not be one right in your community. This doesn't mean you have to give up, or that you are all alone. In fact, this is how many of AAFA's support groups get started. One person with drive and determination reaching out through local physicians, libraries, and hospitals can bring together individuals eager to share and offer support. Your first meeting may begin over coffee with only a few people, but eventually the word spreads and you find that your informal get-togethers have gained momentum.

A layperson, a professional, or a team of both can lead a group. Whether you are someone who needs to find others with the same health challenges or you are a professional seeking new perspectives, contacts and growth, an AAFA support group will make a difference in your life!

If you are already located in an AAFA Chapter area, contact the AAFA Chapter near you to help start your support group.

AFFILIATING WITH AAFA
The next step in the evolution of a successful support group is affiliating with AAFA. Affiliation lends credibility to you and your support group since you will be officially associated with a national organization. Affiliating with AAFA is FREE and provides added benefits to your group, such as:
  • Referrals from AAFA's 1-800-7-ASTHMA
  • Inclusion in the searchable database of affiliated groups on AAFA's website
  • Free subscription to Leader's Link, AAFA's support group leader/advisor newsletter
  • Free educational materials from AAFA and KFA
  • Support group educational or outreach events featured on KFA's Events Calendar
  • Access to ESG Leaders Facebook page (coming soon)
  • Free resources and special mailings throughout the year
To affiliate with AAFA, your support group is required to:
  • Have a minimum of five members
  • Recruit a physician to serve as a medical advisor
  • Complete the affiliation forms and submit semi-annual reports on the group's activities
GETTING STARTED
For further information on founding a support group and affiliating your group with AAFA, take a look at our Support Group Affiliation Guide.

To begin your affiliation application, please complete the following 3 affiliation forms:
  1. Affiliation Agreement
  2. Medical Advisor Agreement
  3. Support Group Information Form
For more information or assistance with affiliation, contact Larissa Kaczaniuk, Policy and Programs Assistant, at 202-466-7643 ext. 227 or larissa@aafa.org.
 
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