Monthly Newsletter from the Arizona Asthma Coalition

Open Seat on the Arizona Asthma Coalition Board

We are interested in adding a member to our board who has skill and experience in public policy and advocacy. As part of our effort to improve the health and quality of life for all asthmatics in Arizona, this new board member’s portfolio will include:

  • Networking and building relationships with coalitions and partners
  • Informing the Board and stakeholders about emerging public policies that would have an impact on people with asthma
  • Advocating for public policies which support clean air, access to healthcare and best practices for preventing and treating asthma

The successful candidate will bring a strong public health policy perspective to our board. It currently includes physicians, nurse practitioners, a school nurse manager, respiratory therapists, asthma educators, program administrators and academic faculty in pharmacy and public health.

Relevant types of experience may include:

  • Participation in local and/or statewide public health coalitions and partnerships
  • Analyzing and summarizing public policy issues in writing
  • Sharing information about policies with a statewide audience
  • Tracking proposed legislation and sharing its relevance with stakeholders
  • Representing your organization’s policy positions in presentations, media or testimony

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send a cover letter and CV to Lisa Rascon at

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Shared from National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

About 25 million Americans are living with asthma—5 million of them are children. Rates of asthma are highest among African Americans and Puerto Ricans, young boys, and people living below the poverty line. Each year, asthma leads to more than 1.6 million emergency department visits and 170,000 hospital stays. For many, the change in seasons—with more allergens in the environment—can increase wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, coughing, or severe asthma attacks.

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FDA Proposes Rules to Ban Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

Shared from Tobacco-Free Kids

The FDA issued proposed rules today to prohibit menthol cigarettes and all flavored cigars. Once implemented, this will be one of the strongest actions our nation has ever taken to drive down the number of kids who start smoking and the number of Americans who are sickened and killed by tobacco.

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2022 American Thoracic Society Conference

May 13-18, 2022 • San Francisco

Registration for the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Conference is now open. ATS 2022 offers you a unique opportunity to connect, engage, and collaborate with colleagues from diverse regions of the world, specialty areas, and career levels, all of whom are helping to shape the future of respiratory medicine. The Conference will have a wide array of programming featuring scientific sessions, our poster hall, an exhibit hall and industry sessions, specialty events, and unique networking opportunities. Through their diverse programming, ATS will continue the tradition of presenting the latest clinical and scientific advances and offering practical solutions to your on-the-job challenges. 

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The Body’s Response to Allergic Asthma Also Helps Protect Against COVID-19 

Shared from Science News

Scientists are discovering a surprising bright side for some people with asthma: They are less susceptible to COVID-19. The very same immune system proteins that trigger excess mucus production and closing of airways in people with allergic asthma may erect a shield around vulnerable airway cells, researchers report in the April 19 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The finding helps explain why people with allergic asthma seem to be less susceptible to COVID-19 than those with related lung ailments, and could eventually lead to new treatments for the coronavirus.

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Follow Our Facebook Page

Arizona Asthma Coalition is now on Facebook! Head over to Facebook and like AAC to keep up to date on asthma, allergy and organizational updates in between our monthly newsletters. 

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Join the Arizona Asthma Coalition

As a nonprofit partnership since 1996, AAC has worked together with concerned stakeholders including public health, environmental quality, managed care, education, individual physicians and nurses, hospitals, foundations, families and other colleagues. Become a member of the Arizona Asthma Coalition or renew your membership and help us continue this important work.

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