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
Free Kyle Dine allergy awareness video - allergy education for students (in multiple languages)
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