Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Mottofor life without limits
HeadquartersLandover, Maryland
Coordinates38°54′24.10″N 77°2′40.26″W / 38.9066944°N 77.0445167°W / 38.9066944; -77.0445167
Region served
Heidi Bayer[2]
Main organ
Board of Directors

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for and controlling asthma, food allergies, nasal allergies and other allergic diseases. AAFA's mission is also to educate the public about these diseases. AAFA's motto is "for life without limits" and AAFA represents the 70 million Americans with asthma and allergies.


AAFA was founded in 1953 to address the growing prevalence of asthma and allergic diseases in the United States.[1] AAFA's activities include: (a) funding basic scientific research to help search for cures; (b) conducting public education to promote national awareness of these diseases; and (c) advocating public policies with a goal of improving the quality of life for patients. AAFA has a network of state chapters throughout the United States. AAFA also has a number of local support groups for asthma, food allergies and a variety of other specific allergic conditions.[citation needed]

AAFA is funded by contributions from the public, along with gifts and grants from foundations and government agencies as well as charitable donations from private sector groups.[3] AAFA administers the Asthma & Allergy Friendly Certification Program in the U.S. in partnership with Allergy Standards Limited,[4] sponsors Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month each May and also conducts research to identify the Asthma Capitals and the Allergy Capitals (spring and fall rankings), the most challenging places to live in the U.S. with asthma and allergies. AAFA has also developed a variety of asthma and allergy health education programs, that have been validated through formal research to help improve health outcomes for patients.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "About AAFA". Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  2. ^ "Meet Heidi Bayer: Food Allergy Parent, New Chairwoman of AAFA's Board of Directors". Kids With Food Allergies. 2015-06-04.
  3. ^ AAFA Annual Report and 990 IRS tax filings "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2006-08-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "What is the asthma & allergy friendly Certification Program?". Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  5. ^ "CDC - Asthma - Interventions - Case Studies - ACT". 2019-02-12.

Further reading[edit]

  • “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report,” CDC National Center for Health Statistics, February 24, 2006, 55(07);185
  • “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report,” CDC National Center for Health Statistics, February 27, 2004, 53(07):145-8

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