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Many children with food allergies also have asthma. Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous Americans carry the heaviest burden of asthma. Reducing this burden is a key mission of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

On May 3, 2022 – World Asthma Day – AAFA launched the Health Equity Advancement and Leadership (HEAL) program. The purpose of HEAL is to address findings from AAFA’s Asthma Disparities in America report. The HEAL program reinforces AAFA’s commitment to drastically reduce health disparities in communities that bear the heaviest burden of asthma. HEAL will also work to address health inequities in food allergies, eczema, and other conditions.

HEAL Innovation

As part of AAFA’s HEAL program, AAFA announced HEAL Innovation. It is a multiyear project with the goal of building and supporting community-based interventions to address inequities in asthma.

A list of HEAL Innovation program goals

Each year, HEAL Innovation will award funding and resources to four local pilot programs tailored to at-risk populations most impacted by asthma. The first year of HEAL Innovation will run through mid-2023.

Learn more about the HEAL program and AAFA’s health equity work on our AAFA website.

Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is the food allergy division of asthma.

How Can You Help Us Achieve Health Equity?

The best way to achieve health equity is if we all work together. Everyone – from people with asthma to policy makers and the health care industry – can be a part of building programs that make a lasting difference for people, families, and communities impacted by food allergies and asthma.

Sign up for KFA’s community to stay up to date about the following opportunities to get involved:

  • Advocate for people affected by asthma disparities
  • Participate in patient-centered research and clinical trials
  • Join our Patient and Family Advisory Council

You can also donate to support AAFA’s and KFA’s mission to create real and lasting change.

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