Every year, Allergy & Asthma Network’s volunteers work in their communities to raise awareness and educate patients and families about living with asthma, allergies and COPD. Through our nationwide Community Asthma & COPD Expert (CACE) volunteer program, we are expanding our reach to more patients and families.
When we launched CACE in 2020, we had a goal of 100 volunteers nationwide. We exceeded that goal and now we are working toward another 100!
Our CACE volunteers work to…
- educate patients and caregivers about the value of guidelines-based asthma and COPD care;
- implement albuterol (along with epinephrine) as stock emergency medications in the school setting.
Make a Difference in the Lives and Health of People in Your Community
Becoming a Community Asthma & COPD Expert is a way for you to give back, connect with people in your community and other health experts, and share your knowledge to improve disease management and better outcomes for those with asthma and COPD.
When completing the online volunteer form, choose “Community Asthma & COPD Volunteer” from the volunteer role list.
As a Community Asthma & COPD Expert, you will:
- Complete a one-hour training webinar to introduce the program and resources.
- Provide assistance to patients and healthcare providers as needed.
- Develop a personal volunteer plan.
- Help educate people with asthma and/or COPD in your area. Share guidelines-based information during educational programs that you develop and/or an event you attend.
- Develop a PowerPoint presentation to educate patients and healthcare providers at a health fair, meeting or conference – we have a draft presentation for you to use.
- Share resources with patients – request Allergy & Asthma Network resources for programming.
- Conduct a social media campaign, write a blog … or come up with your own great idea!
Who should apply to be a Community Asthma & COPD Expert?
- Physician assistants
- Nurse practitioners
- Respiratory therapists
- Asthma educators
- Health educators
- Experience and knowledge of asthma, COPD and respiratory care
- Computer skills
- Ability to provide at least one health promotion activity each year such as:
- Asthma education (think virtual!)
- Health fairs and webinars / Zoom meetings
- Social media campaign
- Patient programming
- Conference or meeting presentation on asthma, COPD or Asthma-COPD Overlap (ACO)
We offer support, as-needed training, educational resources and connections with other CACE volunteers. We also offer recognition for your volunteer community service.
Thank you for considering being a partner in this educational program!