Public Relations Success Story
Members of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) provide optimal, specialized care to people who suffer from allergies and asthma—addressing the root causes of their symptoms to provide lasting relief and often a cure.
Asthma is a serious disease and the most common chronic disease of childhood. It affects almost 25 million Americans, including 7 million children, with about 4,000 deaths a year. Although the exact cause of asthma is unknown, many treatments are available to control this chronic inflammation of the airways in the lungs. Public education is probably the most important strategy to bring the disease under control.
In 1996, EAI helped ACAAI launch the Nationwide Asthma Screening Program to reach adults and children at risk for undiagnosed or uncontrolled asthma and find them relief.
Teams of allergists conducted local community screenings throughout the country. Screenings are held during health fairs, in recreational facilities and in shopping malls. Asthma screening is a quick and painless process that includes filling out a questionnaire, taking a breathing test and talking with an allergist. Each coordinator receives a kit of materials with everything needed to organize, publicize and hold a successful screening.
Industry support has been obtained each year since the inception of the program.
Now in its 15th year, allergists are steadfast in their support with more than 200 screenings offered each year. Over the life of the program, one-third of ACAAI members have conducted screenings and many participate year after year. More than 124,000 people have been screened and about half have been referred for a professional diagnosis. Media outreach efforts are significant each year. In 2010 there were 364 media placements, reaching an estimated audience of 333 million, with coverage in national and local consumer and trade press.