Our mission is to facilitate, advocate and promote education, support and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease.
Although liver disease is among the ten major causes of death in the United States, there was no national voluntary health agency devoted exclusively to combating liver diseases until 1976, when the American Liver Foundation was formed.
The American Liver Foundation was created in 1976 by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD). This organization of scientists and healthcare professionals was concerned with the rising incidence of liver disease and the lack of awareness among both the general public and the medical community. The mission, the programs and the services provided by American Liver Foundation complement the great work of AASLD.
American Liver Foundation makes a measurable difference in the fight against liver disease by providing financial support for medical research, education for medical professionals, and advocacy and information for patients and their families, and by creating public awareness campaigns about liver wellness and disease prevention.
No other voluntary organization in the nation provides a voice for the 30 million Americans with liver disease.
The American Liver Foundation, in partnership with the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), is the nation’s largest source of grants for liver disease research..
Since 1979, the Research Awards Program has provided more than $24 million in research funding. Over 750 qualified scientists and physicians have pursued careers in liver disease research and treatment as a result of receiving ALF and AASLD grants early in their careers
We are currently accepting applications for the 2013 cycle of the Research Award Program.
One of the most powerful ways of maintaining liver health and preventing liver disease is education. Many forms of liver disease are preventable, and many more can be cured if detected early. Yet tens of thousands of people in the U.S. are living with liver disease and don’t even know it. That’s why education about liver wellness and disease prevention is at the heart of everything we do. We implement a wide range of educational and preventative efforts:
- Community events: Each year, our divisions hold hundreds of events that raise public awareness of liver disease, risk factors, symptoms, and prevention. Find a division near you.
- Educational Seminars: Our chapters organize hundreds of workshops every year to update healthcare professionals and patients on the latest treatments, research, liver wellness, transplant issues, and other liver-related topics.
- Toll-free HelpLine: Callers from across the nation can speak to staff on our HelpLine at 1-800-GO-LIVER for information on preventing and living with liver disease.
The American Liver Foundation takes a leadership role in advocating on behalf of the millions of Americans living with liver disease and their families:
- The Foundation testifies before Congress and state legislatures on important issues related to liver disease to help effect change in public health policy.
- We actively lobby Congress and state legislatures for legislation to support increases in organ donations.
- We have been a moving force behind the acceptance of an agreement on a comprehensive “Research Agenda” for liver disease.
- The Foundation’s “Annual Day on the Hill” engages staff and volunteers in a full day of lobbying for legislation on critical issues including increased funding for research, public health education and organ donor awareness.
- The Foundation participates in numerous coalitions and works in partnership with other organizations to support public policy and funding into research, education and advocacy for liver disease and wellness initiatives.
- The Foundation has been active in obtaining cosponsors for the Liver Research Enhancement Act (HR1743) to create a center within the National Institutes for Health that will focus solely on research into liver-related diseases.
The strength of the American Liver Foundation and the hope of millions afflicted with liver disease lie in our nationwide network of divisions and offices. Located in major cities across the country, each division offers a wide range of educational programs, events, and support for patients, family members, medical providers, and the community. Division activities include:
- Support Groups
- Educational Seminars
- Screening Programs
- Sporting and other fundraising events
- Community outreach and awareness events
- Grassroots Advocacy
- Informative Newsletters
To learn more about the American Liver Foundation in your area, contact the office nearest you.