Advocacy and Public Policy

AAFA works to support public policies that will benefit people with asthma and allergies. Advocacy and public policy work are important for protecting the health and safety of those with asthma and allergies. We advocate for federal and state legislation as well as regulatory actions that will help you. We focus on both medical and environmental issues. We are working to make sure you have access to high quality, affordable, evidence-based care and treatments.

Our Guiding Principles

Every day, your health care involves decisions made by you, your doctor, your family, your caregivers and by policy makers. AAFA's patient-centered principles guide our policy and advocacy efforts on behalf of those with asthma and allergies. These principles reflect our deep commitment to evidence-based decision-making.

Download PDF: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Guiding Principles for Patient-Centered Public Policy Download PDF

Our Policy Targets

AAFA works with key stakeholders to help shape legislation and regulation that impacts people with asthma and allergies. Priority issues vary from year to year, but in general include the following major public policy priorities:

  • Promote access to affordable, quality healthcare for the diagnosis, treatment and management of asthma and allergies
  • Continue funding for basic, clinical, preventive and health services research
  • Promote prevention, screening and lifestyle interventions that help people with asthma and allergies

Our main concerns are:

  • Diagnosis
  • Care, treatment and management
  • Outdoor and indoor air quality
  • Healthy homes, schools and communities

Download PDF: AAFA's 2016 Policy Targets Download PDF

How Can You Get Involved?

Advocacy is speaking out on issues that you care about, or offering your opinion and suggestions for how to improve something to the people who are in control. It is important for policy makers to hear directly from you  about your experiences.

Together, we need to find ways to address the complicated questions and issues related to asthma and allergies. You can take several steps towards advocating for access to affordable quality care right now.