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Allergy & Asthma Network and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) are pleased to invite you to the 2021 USAsthma Summit on Friday, Nov. 5 in New Orleans.

The summit takes place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Two Poydras Street, in the Compass Room (2nd floor). The event will be held in person and via livestream.

The goal of the USAsthma Summit is to bring together representatives from asthma coalitions and state asthma programs, school nurses, community health workers, healthcare professionals, school nurses and other key stakeholders from across the country to share lessons learned and best practices. The Summit also includes brainstorming sessions to advance Guidelines-based asthma care in the United States, especially in underserved communities.

Facilitator: Tracy W. Enger, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


As in previous years, we are using the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) block of rooms. If you want to access their event rate, please go to Hotel Reservation.


This is a FREE event. Breakfast and lunch are included for in-person attendees.


2021 USAsthma Summit November 5, 2021 – New Orleans


  • Welcome and Opening Remarks, Tonya Winders, President/CEO, Allergy & Asthma Network; President, Global Allergy & Airways Patient Platform (GAAPP)
  • Communities in Action, Tracy W. Enger, Environmental Protection Agency
  • The State of Asthma in the Age of COVID-19, Luz Fonacier, MD, FACAAI, President, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI); Allergy and Training Program Director at Winthrop-University Hospital, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
  • Eosinophilic Asthma: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment, Bradley Chipps, MD; ACAAI Past-President; Medical Director, Capital Allergy & Respiratory Disease Center
  • Building an Asthma Lifestyle Plan: The Total Lung Connection to Improve Asthma Outcomes, Don Bukstein, MD, Pediatric Pulmonologist; Medical Director, Allergy & Asthma Network
  • Latest Updates on COVID-19: Asthma and Allergies and The Long Haul, Purvi Parikh, MD, Allergist and Immunologist with Allergy & Asthma Associates of Murray Hill
  • Telemedicine And Digital Health Post COVID: Where Do We Go from Here? Jackie Eghrari-Sabet, MD; President at White Coat Consultant; Director of Telehealth, Allergy & Asthma Network; Founder of Family Allergy & Asthma Care and FAAR Clinical Research Institute
  • Treating Mild Persistent Asthma in Children: Results of the ASIST PCORI-Funded Study to Compare Two Approaches for Asthma Treatment in African-American Children, Kaharu Sumino, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Washington University, St Louis
  • The CDC EXHALE Technical Package to Control Asthma: What it Looks Like in the Community. Example from the Michigan Asthma Prevention and Control Program, John Dowling, MA, LPC – Program Manager
  • Not One More Life: Trusted Messengers Program: Lessons Learned from Engaging Communities of Color during COVID, Tonya Winders and Laonis Gooden, RN, Detroit VA Hospital, ICU/Critical Care, Clawson, Michigan; Founder and Executive Director, Breathe Anthony J. Chapman Asthma Foundation
  • EPA Awards Winners: Addressing Asthma Disparities and Health Inequities in Communities, Tracy Mitchell, EPA, presenter; Kevin D. Hamilton, RRT, Co-Director and CEO, Central California Asthma Collaborative; Keri Carstairs, MD, FACEP, FAAP, Chief Population Health Officer, Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego
  • Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) – 2021 Updates: Managing Asthma Moving Forward, Tonya Winders


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For more information, please contact Marcela Gieminiani at mgieminani@allergyasthmanetwork.org.

About the USAsthma Summit

More than 24 million people live with asthma in the United States, but there is still relatively little public understanding about its impact on quality of life. As a result, the burden of living with asthma is overlooked and the voices of patients and families are often missing from key decisions and initiatives.

In 2015, Allergy & Asthma Network took the lead on raising awareness and understanding of asthma by hosting the first USAsthma Summit in conjunction with the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), with support of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Since the first USAsthma Summit in 2015, Allergy & Asthma Network has hosted more than 2,500 people in person and remotely (via livestream), with representation from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. (Our previous USAsthma Summits: 2015 – San Antonio; 2016 – San Francisco; 2017 – Boston; 2018 – Seattle; 2019 – Houston; 2020 – livestream only due to COVID-19)

This meeting does not provide CEUs.


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