Embracing Change

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics founder and president Nancy Sander retires in 2013 after 28 years of leadership. In 2014, the Board of Directors appoints Tonya Winders as president and CEO of Allergy & Asthma Network.

Anaphylaxis Safety
at School

AANMA launches the USAnaphylaxis™ program to prepare schools to recognize and treat emergency cases of anaphylaxis.

Bipartisan
Congressional Support

AANMA works with key legislators to establish the first Congressional Allergy & Asthma Caucus.

Protecting Patients’
Rights and Safety

AANMA works with members of Congress on issues of vital importance, including medications at school, safe respiratory medications, and access to evidenced-based medical care.

Allergy & Asthma Today

The official magazine of Allergy & Asthma Today Mothers of Asthmatics provides patients and health care professionals with vital, engaging information and medically accurate, family friendly asthma and allergy management solutions.

Expanding Outreach

AANMA’s outreach programs expand to include Allergy & Asthma Health magazine; Breatherville, USA website; the Indoor AIRepair™ newsletter; and a Hispanic Outreach program.

Raising Awareness
in Congress

Responding to dramatic increases in asthma-related morbidity and mortality, AANMA stages the first Asthma Awareness Day Capitol Hill, to put a personal face on the daily challenges of individuals and families.

Nationwide Grassroots
Network

Mothers of Asthmatics expands its reach to become Allergy & Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) and develops a national, unified network of community volunteers, the Outreach Service Coordinators.

Speaking Out for Patients

As a respected spokesperson for patients and families, Mothers of Asthmatics is invited to be founding member of the Coordinating Committee developing the National Institutes of Health Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

Mothers of Asthmatics
(M.A.) is born.

After solving the puzzle of her daughter’s allergies and asthma, Nancy Sander writes the first M.A. Report newsletter to help other parents going through the same struggles.

“Asthma & Allergies in the School: The Importance of Cooperative Care” program supports schoolchildren with asthma.

“Asthma & Allergies in the School: The Importance of Cooperative Care” program supports schoolchildren with asthma
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Thanks to grassroots efforts by AANMA and other advocacy groups, 42 states have laws allowing or requiring schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors for emergency treatment of anaphylaxis; four states have pending legislation.

AANMA Government Affairs team works with other advocacy groups to pass the federal School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act.
The USAnaphylaxis Summit gathers health care and community leaders and spurs action across the country.

Online USAnaphylaxis Map provides interactive web-based tracking of state laws enabling schools to stock emergency supplies of epinephrine auto-injectors to treat anaphylaxis.
AANMA sits on the Expert Panel putting together the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergies in the U.S.

South Dakota becomes 50th state to pass law guaranteeing students the right to carry and use prescribed life-saving asthma medications at school.

AANMA forms CHASM (Consumer Health Alliance for Safe Medication), a working group of patient and professional health care associations, to ensure patients with respiratory conditions have access to safe and effective medications. CHASM exposed the illegal practice of mass manufacturing nebulizer medications under the guise of compounding.

AANMA works with members of Congress to introduce the ASTHMA Act, federal legislation that would lead to laws in all 50 states guaranteeing students the right to carry and use prescribed life-saving asthma and allergy medications at school. ASTHMA Act becomes law in 2004.

Advocacy training conferences gather patients, families and health care professionals to discuss major issues of concern to people with asthma and allergies and learn ways to address public policy.

AANMA speaks out against FDA’s proposal to make asthma medications available without a prescription, citing results of a patient survey that showed the move would put patients at risk. The proposal is rejected.
Nancy Sander is named to U.S. Stakeholder Group working with United Nations Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, an international agreement that banned CFC propellants used in asthma inhalers. AANMA takes the lead to provide education for patients and the health care community as familiar inhalers are replaced with new brands.
Mothers of Asthmatics joins the National Allergy and Infectious Diseases Advisory Council.
The Anaphylaxis Community Experts (ACE) program shines light on anaphylaxis, a poorly understood but life-threatening allergic reaction. This grassroots initiative has changed laws and dispelled myths about treatment and prevention.

“Asthma & Allergies in the School: The Importance of Cooperative Care” program supports schoolchildren with asthma.
The Hispanic Outreach program launches with a Spanish language help line and publications.

Patient education conferences attract audiences across the country, presented jointly with the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI).

Patient education conferences attract audiences across the country, presented jointly with the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
After one year of publication, The M.A. Report newsletter reaches subscribers in 37 states and 5 countries.

After one year of publication, The M.A. Report newsletter reaches subscribers in 37 states and 5 countries.
Mothers of Asthmatics holds its first community education event for children at a local park.
AANMA partners with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish and distribute the Indoor AIRepair™ guide to reducing allergens in the home.

Breatherville, USA™, AANMA’s award-winning interactive website, puts a new spin on educating and empowering families living with asthma and allergies.
AANMA teams with the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) to launch Allergy & Asthma Health magazine, offering patients and families in-depth information and support.

AANMA goes online with its first asthma and allergy patient education website.
AANMA initiates the Asthma Educator Program to help clinicians, health care administrators and patient educators understand the needs and priorities of patients and families.
Breathing Easy with Day Care reaches out to the preschool community.

AANMA publishes Consumer Update on Asthma, a patient’s version of the NIH Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

Nancy Sander publishes A Parent’s Guide to Asthma; I’m a Meter Reader; and So You Have Asthma, Too.

Parent’s Guide to Asthma
M.A. publishes medically accurate, family friendly resources: A Users Guide to Peak Flow Monitoring; The Asthma Organizer; and the “What Everyone Needs to Know About” series.

A Users Guide to Peak Flow Monitoring; The Asthma Organizer; and the “What Everyone Needs to Know About
M.A. recruits nationally prominent allergy and asthma experts to sit on the Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board and ensure medical accuracy of all programs and publications.
A poster session at American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology conference displays results of groundbreaking Quality of Life Survey, in which patients and families report the challenges of dealing with asthma and allergies.