COVID-19 Action Initiative

The American Lung Association's $25M initiative to end COVID-19 and defend against future respiratory virus pandemics.

The COVID-19 Action Initiative will be used to:

Provide

free lung health education and masks to those in need.

Protect

public health by advocating for COVID and flu vaccines in underserved communities of color.

Prevent

future outbreaks by investing in respiratory virus research

The COVID-19 Action Initiative is investing in research, education, advocacy and coalition over the next three years. 

Expanding Medical Research

A cornerstone of the COVID-19 Action Initiative will be leveraging our existing research network and funding respiratory virus research.

We plan to do this by:

  • Expanding COVID-19 research within the current studies of the Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network;
  • Funding Coronavirus Awards and Grants for preventive research, vaccines, antivirals and to advance future outbreak preparedness;
  • Providing ACRC pilot grants to evaluate the effect of COVID-19 on patients with chronic lung disease.

Learn more about our COVID-19 research efforts.

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Public Health Measures

Will allocate funds to provide free lung health education and masks to those in need. Education includes raising awareness of lifesaving COVID and flu vaccinations. Advocacy efforts will focus on addressing racial health disparities and ensuring all Americans have access to quality and affordable healthcare.

Leading Public and Private Forces for Good

We will convene government, private industry and public health organizations to form a coalition that ensures: Better preparedness to meet the virus outbreaks of the future. Increased research collaboration to develop effective vaccines, faster detection tests and new treatments.

COVID-19 Action Initiative Programs

#Act4Impact

Watch our star-studded #Act4Impact benefit, hosted by QUEEN LATIFAH, on demand and make a donation to support the COVID-19 Action Initiative.

Cleveland Clinic Healthcare Provider Training

With Cleveland Clinic, we are sponsoring free advanced training to healthcare providers to care for critically ill patients in a variety of clinical settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19 Testing

Our partner, CVS Health, has established more than 1,000 locations across the country offering COVID-19 testing, with the goal of processing up to 1.5 million tests per month, subject to availability of supplies and lab capacity. Make your appointment online today.
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Buy 2, Give 2 Masks

Reduce the spread of COVID by wearing our washable, reusable cloth masks. Buy 2 and we'll donate 2 more to those in need. Donations help us get masks to underserved communities.
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COVID-19 Town Halls

Our COVID-19 Town Hall Series brings top experts together to share information on new findings and recent developments.
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COVID-19 Citizen Science Study

In partnership with Northwestern Medicine and University of California-San Francisco, we've joined the COVID-19 Citizen Science smartphone-based effort.
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COVID-19 Advisory Panel

Experts in science, medicine, public health, behavioral sciences and law will convene to help address the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Get Involved in the COVID-19 Action Initiative

You can help support the COVID-19 Action Initiative! Every gift will help support our efforts to stop COVID-19 in its tracks. You can make your gift today or, if you are interested in discussing a major or transformational gift, please contact us.

Thank You To Our Partners

Stay Informed

View information and resources about coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including symptoms, treatment and FAQs.
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Page last updated: November 24, 2020

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