The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is a non-profit organization that is committed to improving the quality of life for people with asthma and allergic diseases. AAFA works to improve the lives of those with asthma and allergies through education, advocacy, and research. AAFA was founded in 1953 and is the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies.  AAFA  is the oldest asthma and allergy patient group in the world.  AAFA provides information, services and support for families, patients, parents and caregivers. AAFA develops health education materials and funds research to find better treatments and cures for asthma.  

The purpose of this effort is to find out what is important to people with asthma, learn more about what your interests and needs are, figure out what you may want to know about asthma, help people with asthma understand asthma research and how it applies to them, and help AAFA design and plan a training program for people with asthma. 

We would appreciate your taking the time to answer the following questions. It should take about 15 minutes of your time. Your responses are voluntary and will be confidential. Responses will not be identified by individual. All responses will be collected and analyzed as a group. Your completion of this needs assessment is your consent for participation. You may withdraw or decline to participate in this needs assessment at any time without penalty. 

AAFA is working with B. Gwen Carlton, DNP, FNP-BC, AE-C at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC) who is serving as Co-Primary Investigator for this project. She is working with AAFA as a consultant on Asthma Content and Curriculum for this project. She is Assistant Professor and Family Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator in the School of Nursing. Her contact information is UTC, School of Nursing, Department 1051, 615 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403,, (828)301-4137.  UTC’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) has reviewed and approved this research. The chairman for the IRB is Dr. Amy Doolittle, Office of Research Integrity, 109 Race Hall, Department 4915, 615 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN, 37403,, (423)425-5563.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah Young, Research Assistant at or 202.466.7643 ext.252

Thank you,

Meryl Bloomrosen,             
Project Director                   

B. Gwen Carlton, DNP, FNP-BC, AE-C
Assistant Professor & FNP Program Coordinator
UTC School of Nursing