For Health Professionals and Volunteers

The American Lung Association is a widely recognized authority for health professional seeking the latest research news, resources, and data. As a health professional or volunteers, learn about the Strategies to Address Asthma that you can take to provide guideline-based care and education.

If you are interested in learning more about guideline-based care or plan to sit for the National Asthma Educators Certified Board (NAECB) exam to become a Certified Asthma Educator, find out if an Asthma Educator Institute preparatory course is available near you.

Here are additional tools to support the important work you do every day:


Our quest to find cures and new and improved treatments for lung disease uses a multi-faceted approach to discovery. The American Lung Association Nationwide Research efforts are composed of three programs: Awards and Grants Program, Asthma Clinical Research Centers Network and the Epidemiology and Statistics Program.

Data and Statistics

Asthma Clinical Research Centers

The American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network is the nation’s largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma treatment research, attracting some of the best asthma investigators worldwide. The ACRC Network conducts large clinical trials that will have a direct impact on patient care and asthma treatment. The Network consists of 18 asthma clinical research centers throughout the country and a Data Coordinating Center managed by a team at Johns Hopkins University. » Learn More…

Join Our Efforts

The American Lung Association offers several ways to get involved in educating people with asthma about their disease. Learn more about our community-based education and advocacy programs, and how you can contribute.

  • Breathe Well, Live Well: An Asthma Education Program for Adults
    Breathe Well, Live Well: An Asthma Management Program for Adults is a small group workshop that teaches adults the knowledge and self-management skills to take control of their asthma.
  • Open Airways For Schools
    Elementary school children can learn to manage their own asthma when they participate in the American Lung Association’s award-winning Open Airways For Schools program.
  • Asthma Friendly School Initiative
    The Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative provides a framework and tools that communities and schools can use to work together on a comprehensive approach to asthma management, including planning tools, policy recommendations, and education programs.
  • Asthma Advocacy
    The American Lung Association advocates for policy change on behalf of children and adults with asthma at the federal, state, and local levels.

Nationwide Research Program

The American Lung Association offers annual funding opportunities as a part of its Awards and Grants Program. The Awards and Grants Program supports basic, clinical and behavioral/policy research through training and investigator-initiated peer-review proposals. » Learn More…