Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

Each year, AANMA pays a visit to Congress to let legislators know what’s on our minds. This year on Asthma Awareness Day Capitol Hill 2009, we asked Congress to help us end suffering and death due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. This goal is not only possible – it’s long overdue.

We know what it takes to overcome asthma symptoms. The National Institutes of Health produced the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma, a comprehensive review of how the disease affects patients and what options there are to prevent and treat symptoms. As Congress seeks to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, we need to ensure that all people with asthma have access to Guidelines-level care, no matter what their income level, where they live or what kind of insurance coverage they have.

Download AADCH 2009 part 1 (Right click and "Save as")

  • Nancy Sander, AANMA president and founder, opening remarks.
    “Asthma deaths should not only be stopped—it’s a goal that’s long overdue.”
  • Nancy Sander introducing Juanita Rembert, whose granddaughter died from asthma. “I feel our family should have been given more education about asthma.”

    “Tamika was too young to die.”
    “I want Congress to make sure that all patients, including Medicare patients like little Jaleel, get asthma care, prevention, advice and family education.”
  • Nancy Sander introducing Stuart Stoloff, MD, family practice physician from Nevada. 
  • Stuart Stoloff.
    “This document, in fact, is only as good as the doctors’ incorporation of the recommendations of the document, so, otherwise it’s a piece of paper.”

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  • Nancy Sander introducing U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI).
  • Rep. Patrick Kennedy.
    “It’s an indictment on our health care system that [asthma deaths] happen at all.”
  • U.S. Representative Gene Green (D-TX).
    “We have an opportunity this year to make the biggest changes in our health care delivery system since literally Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.”

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  • Nancy Sander introducing U.S. Representative Steve Kagen (D-WI).
  • Rep. Steve Kagen.
    “We’re about to change the face of health care in this century for all Americans.”
“The specialty of allergy, asthma and immunology is totally about prevention.”
  • Nancy Sander introducing U.S. Representative Nita M. Lowey (D-NY).
  • Rep. Nita M. Lowey.
    “With an epidemic like this, we have to engage the schools to help children more effectively manage asthma.”

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  • Carlos Camargo, MD, emergency room physician.
    “Anything that the government can do to help implement the NIH Guidelines would directly attack [overuse of the ER].”
  • James Mitchell, MD, pediatrician from Chicago. 

    “The tools are out there. As we become better at our trade and get better patient education out there, we can make a difference.”
  • Stuart Stoloff, MD.
    “If you take and implement this, you can change health care.”
  • Michael Foggs, MD, Chief of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Advocate Health Centers, Illinois.
    “It is my strong belief that no one should die from asthma in America, period, under no circumstances.”
  • Nancy Sander introducing U.S. Representative Cliff Stearns (R-FL).
  • Rep. Cliff Stearns.
    “Through an early assessment and through a written plan, people can not only survive, but have a normal life.”

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  • Nancy Sander introducing Richard Gower, MD, President, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
  • Richard Gower, MD.
    “I have my anecdotes as far as asthma deaths…over 32 years of practicing; essentially, all those deaths were preventable.”
  • U.S. Representative Joe Barton (R-TX).
    “We’ll walk into this process with an open mind; we will try to be positive, we will try to be part of the process.”

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  • Nancy Sander invites doctors to address Congressmen/Carlos Camargo speaks.
  • Nancy Sander introduces Talal Nsouli, MD, allergist from Washington, DC.
  • Talal Nsouli, MD.
    “Doing some baby steps to try to fix some of these problems would help tremendously.”
  • Nancy Sander closing remarks.