COVID-19 Action Initiative

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

The COVID-19 Action Initiative will be used to:

  • Expand the Lung Association’s ongoing respiratory research program
  • Enhance key public health measures through education and advocacy
  • Establish an advanced network to stop future respiratory virus pandemics

Why the American Lung Association?

As the oldest voluntary health organization in the country, we pioneered the model of using education, advocacy and research to virtually eradicate tuberculosis in the United States. We will use those same principles to ensure our nation can address today’s pandemic and is prepared to meet the challenges of future lung infections like COVID-19. COVID-19, like most in the coronavirus family, is a respiratory disease, and the American Lung Association is uniquely positioned to make a substantial and rapid impact. Additionally, while more than 36 million people in the U.S. suffer from lung disease, which places them at higher risk for experiencing complications from COVID-19, anyone who breathes can get it. The American Lung Association is the trusted champion for lung health.

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.

Public Health Measures

Will allocate funds to education and advocacy to support public health against current and future threats of COVID-19 and respiratory viruses. Education includes awareness of lifesaving vaccinations and better managing epidemics with appropriate safety measures. Advocacy will range from supporting adequate PPEs for medical professionals to providing patients with access to quality 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 treatment therapies.

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Contact us for more information on our public health measures, collaboration efforts and more about the COVID-19 Action Initiative.
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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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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 and take important precautionary measures to protect public health from future respiratory virus pandemics. You can make your gift today or, if you are interested in discussing a major or transformational gift, please contact us.
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Page last updated: June 26, 2020

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