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Media Alert Regarding Obama Announcement on Asthma Disparities

AAAAI President Burks Speaks Out

A. Wesley Burks, MD, FAAAAI 
President, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Tomorrow morning, President Obama will report on an action plan to address asthma disparities. The facts are clear. People in urban populations, especially African Americans, Puerto Ricans and persons of multiple race, are at much greater risk of developing and dying from this chronic respiratory condition.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and our base of 6,600 members have been and will continue to be at the forefront of researching and treating this problem. Knowledge is one of the most important keys to making headway in this area. This means educating healthcare professionals, consumers, government officials and third party payers.
Each year, important clinical and research findings with new information are presented at the AAAAI Annual Meeting. Research studies, clinically important papers and key discussions also take place within The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI), the AAAAI’s official scientific journal. And, is the most comprehensive resource for educational materials for patients and healthcare professionals alike.
Please contact mbrown(at)aaaai(dot)org to be connected with experts who can offer insights into this important discussion.
Statistical Highlights 
  • 70% of people with asthma also suffer from allergies. Many of these allergens are found in urban settings.
  • For the period 2007 to 2009, black persons had higher rates for asthma emergency department visits and hospitalizations per 100 persons with asthma than white persons, and a 2 to 3-fold higher asthma death rate per 1,000 persons with asthma.
  • For the period 2008 to 2010, asthma prevalence was higher among children than adults, and among multiple-race, black, and American Indian or Alaska Native persons than white persons.
The AAAAI represents allergists, asthma specialists, clinical immunologists, allied health professionals and others with a special interest in the research and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases. Established in 1943, the AAAAI has more than 6,600 members in the United States, Canada and 60 other countries. The AAAAI’sFind an Allergist/Immunologist service is a trusted resource to help find a specialist close to home.

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