Campaign Aims to Aid Millions of Americans Suffering from Persistent Asthma That Impacts Daily Lives

VIENNA, Va. and GLENVIEW, Ill., Aug. 16, 2016 — Allergy & Asthma Network, the nation’s leading patient education and advocacy organization for people with allergy and asthma, and CHEST Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to championing lung health, have announced a joint campaign to empower patients suffering from persistent, difficult-to-control asthma.

The campaign will educate patients, caregivers, families, community members, and healthcare providers about the most current treatment options for asthma, highlight the importance of referral to specialists to improve patient outcomes, and bring to light the role of the entire healthcare team and loved ones in the care of a patient with asthma. The campaign also will increase patients’ understanding of their conditions through education, and thereby ensure that both patients and providers are working better together to alleviate symptoms.

For more than 30 years, Allergy & Asthma Network has led the effort to end unnecessary death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through its outreach, education, advocacy and research. The Network knows the gravity of misunderstood asthma symptoms and has worked tirelessly to raise understanding of this issue.

“Despite many advances in healthcare, 10 Americans die every day from asthma and asthma-related complications,” says Tonya Winders, President and CEO of Allergy & Asthma Network. “These deaths can be prevented with continued education of both patients and providers – a sentiment that the CHEST Foundation shares with our organization. This campaign is a joint effort to raise the understanding of asthma across the country, especially in urban areas where the illness is most severe.”

“The CHEST Foundation has long been dedicated to supporting and educating those affected by asthma and asthma-related conditions,” says John Howington, CHEST Foundation President. “We are proud to be working with the Network to help patients nationwide start living their lives in a healthier, more enjoyable way due to decreased asthma interference.”

Allergy & Asthma Network and CHEST Foundation will work to raise awareness of this serious issue by educating the public about asthma management. The organizations will tailor their efforts towards these different factions, which include patients, caregivers, schools, parents, clinicians, and the like. These resources will focus on helping individuals understand and successfully utilize the most up-to-date research surrounding asthma in order to effectively manage the issue. This asthma awareness campaign is supported in part by grants from Boehringer Ingelheim and GlaxoSmithKline.


About Allergy & Asthma Network

Allergy & Asthma Network is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. Allergy & Asthma Network specializes in sharing family-friendly, medically accurate information through its award-winning Allergy & Asthma Today magazine, E-newsletter, and numerous community outreach programs.


About CHEST and the CHEST Foundation
CHEST is the global leader in advancing best patient outcomes through innovative chest medicine education, clinical research, and team-based care. Its mission is to champion the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases through education, communication, and research. CHEST serves as an essential connection to clinical knowledge and resources for its 18,700 members from around the world who provide patient care in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. For more information about CHEST, visit

The CHEST Foundation’s mission is to champion Lung health. The foundation fulfills its mission through the development and dissemination of world-class patient education materials and programs, clinical research grants, and community service efforts. Since 1996, the foundation has provided more than $10 million in grants to young investigators and distinguished scholars for outstanding work in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. For more information about the CHEST Foundation, visit

Media Contacts:

CHEST Foundation
Kristi Bruno

Allergy & Asthma Network
Alanna Astion