2016 Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill


May 12, 2016 Overview

The 2016 Allergy & Asthma Day Capitol Hill was a resounding success, with more than 100 people making visits to Senators and Representatives.

Many thanks to all who participated. Raising our collective voices to lawmakers and their staff is important to achieve our mission to protect and improve the health of people with asthma, allergies and related conditions.

Read a report on the day here.

Follow-up activities for those who participated:

  • If you did not complete mobile Congressional Meeting Report Forms earlier, please complete a document (also provided in your packet) for each of your meetings and fax to 703-288-5271 or email Director of Advocacy Charmayne Anderson at canderson@allergyasthmanetwork.org.
  • Send thank you letters to the Members and staff you had meetings with. A sample letter can be found here; please fill in name and address block, if you know it, and adapt to fit your circumstances. If you met with a Senator or Representative personally, you can send the message through our Online Advocacy Center.
  • See Improving Access to Respiratory Care white paper, which details the most pressing access barriers facing patients suffering from respiratory health conditions—and related policy solutions. These barriers are those that the Network, along with our partners, continues to work to address to support those living with asthma. We encourage you to share this document as follow up communication to congressional staff to reinforce the need for access to respiratory care services and allergen immunotherapy.

2016 Events:

Innovation & Asthma Management: Unlocking barriers to patient care

Advocacy Training and Breakfast: Prepare for Congressional visits; review key issues
7:00-8:30 am, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Congressional Visits: Meet with members of Congress and their staff individually or in a group. Allergy & Asthma Network advocacy staff will arrange meetings according to participants’ home districts.
— 9:00 am-4:30 pm, Capitol Hill

Congressional Lunch Briefing: 
— 12:00 pm, Room B-340, Rayburn House Office Building, 75 C Street SW, Washington, DC
James Sublett, MD, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: State of Allergies and Asthma in U.S.
Paul Garbe, DVM, MPH
, Director of the CDC National Asthma Control Program: National Asthma Control Program Update
Alisa Smith, PhD, Deputy Director, Indoor Environments Division, EPA: Reimbursement for indoor air quality assessments
Michelle Freemer, MD
, Asthma Program Director, National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI): Update to Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma

Family Testimonies:
Ickey Woods, former NFL player whose teenage son passed away due to asthma: Reaching communities through the Jovante Woods Foundation
Natalie Grant, Grammy-nominated Gospel artist and mother of a child with asthma: Learning to live with life-threatening asthma

Networking Reception
Meet with fellow advocates, healthcare professionals and industry leaders.
EPA presentation of National Environmental Leadership Awards in Asthma Management
5:30-7:30 pm, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill 

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