Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)


In October 2011, AANMA held a briefing for the Congressional Allergy and Asthma Caucus on the cost benefits of NIH Asthma Guidelines, highlighting that care provided, according to these guidelines, not only saves money but can make a real difference for people living with asthma and allergies. Speakers at the Oct. 13 briefing discussed practical solutions proven to deliver these results. You can access the speakers’ PowerPoint presentations below:

  • Dr. James Kiley, Director, Division of Lung Diseases, NHLBI, NAEPP, NACI, explained how evidence-based clinical practice guidelines are developed and updated.
  • Dr. Paul Garbe, Branch Chief, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch, presented success stories from CDC’s National Asthma Control Program.
  • Karen Meyerson, Manager, Asthma Network of West Michigan, discussed how her patient-centered program improves patient quality of life and saves 30% in costs.

2011 Congressional Allergy & Asthma Caucus

Asthma and allergies must remain part of the national healthcare conversation. The newly formed 2011 Congressional Allergy & Asthma Caucus is committed to making sure these patients’ needs stay on legislators’ minds when important decisions are made. U.S. Representatives Joe Barton (R-TX), Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) will co-chair the Caucus, whose goal is to increase public awareness, advance research, and educate members of Congress and their constituents about asthma and severe allergies.

“We commend these congressional leaders for taking charge and helping improve asthma and allergy care,” said AANMA President and Founder Nancy Sander. “As U.S. asthma rates continue their rapid rise, it is simply unacceptable that all patients do not receive NIH Guidelines-level care for asthma and allergies. We’re working to fix that.”

  • Read more in our press release.
  • Send this Dear Colleague letter to your representative — simply download the pdf and e-mail it to him or her. Find contact info for your representative here.

* Get involved! E-mail Kimberly Turner, AANMA’s Director of Government Affairs, at to join AANMA’s advocacy efforts today!


The Congressional Allergy and Asthma Caucus is dedicated to increasing public awareness, advancing research and educating peers and constituents about asthma and severe allergies. A list of members is found below:

2011 Caucus Co-Chairs:

  • Joe Barton (R-TX)
  • Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
  • Eliot Engel (D-NY)
  • Nita Lowey (D-NY)




2011 Members:

  • Robert Andrews (D-NJ)
  • Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
  • Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU)
  • Michael Burgess (R-TX)
  • Ken Calvert (R-CA)
  • Kathy Castor (D-FL)
  • Yvette Clarke (D-NY)
  • Steve Cohen (D-TN)
  • Gerry Connolly (D-VA)
  • Diane DeGette (D-CO)
  • Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
  • Donna Edwards (D-MD)
  • Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
  • John Garamendi (D-CA)
  • Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
  • Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
  • Maize Hirono (D-HI)
  • Rush Holt (D-NJ)
  • Darrell Issa (R-CA)
  • Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
  • Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
  • Dale Kildee (D-MI)
  • John Lewis (D-GA)
  • Edward Markey (D-MA)
  • Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
  • Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)
  • Charles Rangel (D-NY)
  • Laura Richardson (D-CA)
  • Linda Sanchez (D-CA)
  • Allison Schwartz (D-PA)
  • Jose Serrano (D-NY)
  • Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
  • Cliff Stearns (R-FL)
  • Betty Sutton (S-OH)
  • Paul Tonko (D-NY)
  • Michael Turner (R-OH)
  • Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
  • John Yarmuth (D-KY)