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Asthma is a global public health problem that affects 25 million Americans. Currently, there are about 5.1 million children under the age of 18 with asthma. The burden of asthma in the United States falls disproportionately on Black, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native people. These groups have the highest asthma rates, deaths and hospitalizations.  Allergic disease, such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) and food allergy also show profoundly different rates among racial groups and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

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The Wolff Allergy and Asthma Foundation

The Wolff Allergy and Asthma Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that addresses the disparities in—and reduces the burden of—allergic diseases and asthma in medically underserved areas and high-risk populations. This is accomplished through advocacy, education, community engagement and research. Education includes workshops and presentations at schools, libraries and community centers. Community engagement involves collaborative partnerships with local organizations. Advocacy is promoting equitable health policies. Research is ensuring diverse representation not only in subject population, but also design and disease focus. If you are interested in volunteering in the organization or a partnership, join our mailing list. 

References:

[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). 2019 National Health Interview Survey data. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 

[2] Ferrante, G., & La Grutta, S. (2018). The Burden of Pediatric Asthma. Frontiers in Pediatrics, https://doi.org/10.3389/fped.2018.00186

[3] Jones BL. We continue to fail black children with asthma and allergic disease. Jones BL.Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2020 Apr;124(4):305-306. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2020.02.004.

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