McLEAN, VA, DEC. 10, 2013 – Allergy & Asthma Network, a leading patient education organization, is partnering with the Association of Asthma Educators (AAE) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants in Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAPA-AAI) as part of its endeavor to build the only multidisciplinary, patient-centered network of healthcare professionals focused on allergy and asthma care.

“Asthma educators and physician assistants offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help educate and advocate for patients with asthma and allergies,” says Tonya Winders, AANMA Chief Operating Officer. “We welcome the chance to work with these dedicated professionals who are on the front lines of asthma care, to share our resources with their patients and to champion quality health care.”

Since 1985, The Network has supported patients and families with a wide range of publications, resources, community outreach programs and advocacy efforts. Partnering with AAE and AAPA-AAI will reinforce the importance of education as part of a comprehensive allergy or asthma management plan and endorse the essential roles played by trained asthma educators and physician assistants. In addition, The Network will provide support on local and national advocacy and public policy issues.

“We are excited to collaborate with The Network and promote our common goal of providing asthma educational resources to patients and their families,” AAE said in a statement by co-Presidents Chanda Nicole Holsey and Catherine Kier. “By joining The Network, we share our knowledge and outreach.”

“Our partnership with The Network allows us to raise awareness of allergy and asthma by broadening our reach to patients, family members and caregivers,” says AAPA-AAI co-founder and Board of Directors member Gabriel Ortiz, MPAS, PA-C. “We are delighted to partner with this outstanding organization that continues to have such an impact on allergy and asthma care.”

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Allergy & Asthma Network is a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. AANMA specializes in sharing medically accurate, family friendly information through its award-winning publications Allergy & Asthma Today magazine and its website at and numerous community outreach programs. Follow The Network on Facebook at and on Twitter at

About AAE

The Association of Asthma Educators was founded in 1998 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality education to a multidisciplinary group of asthma educators. As such, AAE serves as the premier professional organization representing health care professionals who identify themselves as asthma educators, many of who will sit for the national asthma educator certification examination. AAE is one of 20 stakeholder organizations assisting the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) in its mission to establish a standardized national certification examination to promote quality patient education by qualified asthma educators. AAE’s membership includes nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, doctors, physician assistants, community health workers, case managers and social workers.


The American Academy of Physician Assistants in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAPA-AAI) promotes the growth and development of physician assistants who have an active interest in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology and provides support by organizing and disseminating health care information through forums, panels and other programs concerning the delivery and quality of health care services. AAPA-AAI was formally recognized as a constituent organization of the American Academy of Physician Assistants in June 1999.