Monthly Newsletter from the Arizona Asthma Coalition

Keep Your Sweetheart Safe from Allergy and Asthma Triggers on Valentine’s Day


Flowers, food, fragrances and more — Valentine’s Day is a special time to show your sweetheart you care with gifts and gestures both grand and small. The goal is to make your valentine blush and take their breath away. But you want it to be from the love they feel, not an allergic reaction.

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Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action is on March 31st


On March 31, you can join thousands of youth advocates across the country to stand up and speak out against the tobacco industry. Whether you want to plan an event, make your voice heard on social media, or take action to support proposed policy solutions in your community, there’s lots of ways you can participate. However you decide to get involved, we encourage people of all ages to stand with kids over Big Tobacco to continue pushing toward a healthier, more equitable future.

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In Conversation with Ed Sanders and Kellie Hawkins

Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids

In this edition of The Take Down, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Nikkya Taliaferro interviews Ed Sanders, President of the ES Advisors Group, and Kellie Hawkins, Partner at EKA. Ed and Kellie were integral organizers in the successful campaign to end the sale of flavored tobacco products in California.

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Severe Asthma Patients on Ways Their Doctors Could Improve Treatment


Severe asthma comes with significantly more challenges than regular asthma. People with this condition tend to experience more symptoms, including increased activity limitations, greater prevalence of heart disease, and lower lung function. Even with high doses of inhaled corticosteroids—the most typical treatment option—those with severe asthma find it more difficult to control the disease compared to those with regular asthma.

In some ways, that makes severe asthma almost its own condition, not just a more intense version of a common challenge. Another difficulty for these patients? Making sure physicians and other members of their health-care team understand the nuances of severe asthma.

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Worldwide Study Finds Asthma Control, Management Inadequate in Lower-Income Countries

American Journal of Managed Care

Asthma management and control is often inadequate, especially among children living in low-income countries, according to findings of a recent study. Asthma management strategies should focus on improving adherence to treatment guidelines worldwide, the authors wrote, with an emphasis on these areas with disproportionately worse asthma management.

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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

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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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