Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Access to healthcare for treatment/management of asthma and allergies, and funding of research on asthma and allergies

It is essential that people with asthma and allergies have access to affordable, quality healthcare for the treatment and management of asthma and allergies, and that research is funded to address prevention, screening, and lifestyle interventions to reduce the incidence and adverse effects of asthma and allergies. These conditions impose significant costs on the overall health care system and on patients and their families.

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Currently, more people than ever are struggling to live normal and healthy lives in the face of the daily limits that asthma and allergic diseases create. More than 25 million Americans have asthma, 15 million have food allergies, and 50 million have other allergic conditions. AAFA urges the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue to focus and accelerate research on asthma and allergies, which are life threatening chronic conditions for which there are no cures.


While asthma affects all populations, the burden of asthma falls disproportionately on the black and Hispanic/Latino—largely Puerto Rican—populations, and especially on minority children. Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 and is a leading cause of school absences from chronic disease – accounting for over 10.5 million lost school days in 2008. Asthma costs our healthcare system over $50.1 billion annually and indirect costs from lost productivity add another $5.9 billion. Asthma claimed the lives of more than 3,400 Americans in 2010. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, allergic diseases, which include asthma, are the fifth most prevalent chronic diseases in all ages, and the third most common in children.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)


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Idea No. 1137