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National Center for Environmental Health - NCEH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) plans, directs, and coordinates a national program to maintain and improve the health of the American people by promoting a healthy environment and by preventing premature death and avoidable illness and disability caused by non-infectious, non-occupational environmental and related factors. NCEH is committed to safeguarding the health of populations that are particularly vulnerable to certain environmental hazards - children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

Review Date: August 09, 2011

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NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

The primary responsibility of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is the scientific investigation of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases. NHLBI oversees resources and research, demonstration, prevention, education, control, and sleep disorders and training activities in these fields. The program emphasizes the prevention and control of heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders, and education concerning these diseases through more rapid transfer of knowledge into the mainstream of clinical medicine and personal health practices. Inquiries related to high blood pressure, cholesterol, asthma, and blood diseases, as well as any information requests associated with cardiovascular disease prevention and heart-health promotion are handled by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Information Center.

Review Date: July 14, 2011

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NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - NIEHS

The mission of the NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease. To have the greatestimpact on preventing disease and improving human health, the NIEHS focuses on basic science, disease-oriented research, global environmental health, and multidisciplinary training for researchers. The NIEHS achieves its mission through: Extramural research and training, funded by grants and contracts, to scientists, environmental health professionals, and other groups worldwide, Intramural research conducted by scientists at the NIEHS facility and in partnership with scientists at universities and hospitals, Toxicological testing and test validation by the National Toxicology Program, and Outreach and communications programs that provide reliable health information to the public and scientific resources to researchers.

Review Date: July 12, 2011

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Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics

Founded in 1985, Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics is the leading non-profit health organization dedicated to eliminating suffering and death due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through education, advocacy and community outreach.

Review Date: January 05, 2009

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American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

The evolution of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) dates back to the early 1920s with the founding of two professional organizations: the Society for the Study of Asthma and Allied Conditions (on the East Coast) and the American Association for the Study of Allergy (on the West Coast). In 1943, these two entities joined forces to become one stronger, integrated professional society called the American Academy of Allergy. Although its name has changed, the Academy’s mission has remained the same: the advancement of the knowledge of allergy, asthma and immunology for optimal patient care.

Review Date: June 15, 2011

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American Academy of Family Physicians

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), originally the American Academy of General Practice, was founded in 1947 and has chapters in all States. Its purpose is to represent the interests of family physicians, provide opportunities for continuing education, and maintain high standards of family practice care. AAFP requires continuing education from its members and promotes the development of family practice medical education. A public education program is conducted to inform the public about family practice. Other activities include medical student services, annual meetings, and reduced insurance rates.

Review Date: July 01, 2009

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American Association for Respiratory Care

The AARC is a not-for-profit professional association representing more than 37,000 members. For more than 50 years, the AARC has led the respiratory care profession in science, education and research. Its members are committed to providing exemplary respiratory care and improving lung health worldwide. AARC’s mission is to advance the science, technology, ethics, and art of respiratory care through research and education for its members and to teach the general public about pulmonary health and disease prevention.

Review Date: December 05, 2011

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American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

The ACAAI is a professional association of 4,000 allergists/immunologists. Established in 1942, the ACAAI is dedicated to improving the quality of patient care in allergy and immunology through research, advocacy and professional and public education. The ACAAI's goals are to: improve the quality of patient care in allergy, asthma and immunology; maintain and advance the diagnostic and therapeutic skills of members and foster their appropriate application; sponsor and conduct educational and scientific programs and publications; develop and disseminate educational information for members, patients, health plan purchasers and administrators, and other physicians and health professionals.

Review Date: February 12, 2009

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American Lung Association

The American Lung Association (ALA), formerly the National Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association, was founded in 1904 to combat tuberculosis. Since 1907, ALA has promoted Christmas Seals to raise public funds to fight lung disease, the third leading cause of death in America. ALA is primarily a health education agency, emphasizing anti-smoking and clean air activities to prevent and control lung hazards. Its self-management programs teach those suffering from lung disease, such as asthma, how to live with their condition. ALA also creates educational programs to teach lifelong good health habits, and it provides professional education to health care providers to help them deliver effective lung health care to their patients. ALA also awards grants for medical research and sponsors fellowships for young medical professionals to encourage them to specialize in pulmonary care. There are 110 State and local Lung Associations throughout the country. The American Thoracic Society is the medical arm of ALA.

Review Date: November 24, 2008

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American Medical Association

The American Medical Association (AMA), founded in 1847, is the professional organization for physicians in the United States. The AMA disseminates information on issues important to physicians, patients, and the nation's health. The AMA is active in legislative issues and in setting standards for medical practice and education. Other activities include counseling on practice management problems, policy studies in a variety of areas, a medical library for physicians, publications, and meetings and conferences. The AMA library has a collection of over 60,000 volumes and 2,500 journals, and has direct computer access to the National Library of Medicine's database.

Review Date: February 18, 2009

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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is a non-profit health organization dedicated to finding a cure for and controlling asthma and allergies. Founded in 1953, AAFA serves the 60 million Americans with asthma and allergic diseases by supporting scientific research, patient education programs, public and governmental advocacy and a network of chapters and educational support groups throughout the nation. Complementing these efforts is AAFA's Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month activities each May and ongoing public education campaigns.

Review Date: March 28, 2011

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Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Mayo Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit corporation with a mission to provide the highest quality, compassionate care at a reasonable cost through a physician-led team of diverse people working together in clinical practice, education and research in a unified multi-campus system. More than 400,000 patients a year come to its outpatient clinics and hospitals in three states -- Minnesota (Rochester), Florida (Jacksonville), and Arizona (Scottsdale).

Review Date: November 02, 2010

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National Environmental Education Foundation

The Health & Environment Program focuses on advancing environmental knowledge among health professionals to improve the public’s health with a special emphasis on children and underserved populations. Through the development of national agendas, trainings, curriculum integration, and strategic partnerships, they facilitate the integration of environmental health into health care provider education and practice. Their initiatives include: Children’s Environmental Health Faculty Champions Initiative, Pediatric Asthma Initiative, Children and Nature Initiative, and Pediatric Environmental History Initiative. They also have a wide range of tools and resources on a variety of environmental health topics, including pesticides, climate change and others.

Review Date: October 17, 2011

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National Jewish Medical and Research Center

The National Jewish Medical and Research Center, formerly the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, was founded around the turn of the century to care for the victims of tuberculosis. The Hospital provided treatment for victims, while the Denver Sheltering Home (the Center's forerunner) provided care for children of victims. The two institutions merged in 1978 and now constitute the largest U.S. medical center devoted to the study and treatment of chronic respiratory diseases and immune system disorders, including asthma, emphysema, tuberculosis, chronic bronchitis, interstitial lung disease, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. Research activities cover an ever-broadening range of both basic and applied science, from examination of basic life processes to in-depth clinical studies of particular diseases. The Center provides an information service called LUNGLINE, (800)222-LUNG, for individuals with questions about lung diseases and allergies. Beyond the areas of study and treatment listed, LUNGLINE offers information on pneumonia, sarcoidosis, smoking, asbestosis, cystic fibrosis, occupational lung diseases, and other topics. Professional staff publish scientific papers and participate in seminars and conferences. In addition, the Center conducts a formal medical and research fellowship program to train young physicians and researchers in the latest methods of investigating and controlling these illnesses.

Review Date: January 13, 2011

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