Coordinator’s Area & FAQ

To be considered active, groups must have met the following four requirements:

Is your group listed as active in our A.W.A.K.E. group database? If not, please contact us.

1.) Your group has paid its annual A.W.A.K.E. dues of $150. Existing groups can pay online by using our Donate to the ASAA page and writing “A.W.A.K.E. dues” in the comments section along with your A.W.A.K.E. group’s name. If you are not sure if your dues are up to date, please contact us.
2.) Your current coordinator has signed a Statement of Understanding and sent a copy to our office.
3.) We have updated information about your group and its coordinator(s).
4.) Someone who attends or coordinates your group completes the Meeting Summary form after each meeting and returns it to the ASAA. This ongoing feedback about your group is very important because it helps us to maintain contact with your A.W.A.K.E. group and use your experiences to help other groups.

Disclaimer for A.W.A.K.E. Meetings

As you begin each meeting, please share the following information with the attendees.

“The American Sleep Apnea Association and its A.W.A.K.E. Network do not endorse any company, products, or health care providers. A.W.A.K.E. meetings are intended to be a source of general information only, not for individual medical advice. Please remember that information, opinions, and advice presented here are from many sources and may or may not pertain to your situation. Your personal health is unique and must be discussed with a qualified health professional. A.W.A.K.E. is designed to support, not replace, the relationship between you and your doctor.”

Recognizing Meeting Sponsors

Please acknowledge the sponsors of your group at each meeting and express your appreciation for any specific support (for example, if a home health care agency provided refreshments). Many groups maintain a list of all sponsors, in alphabetical order, to be added to all materials.

To conduct its programs and activities, the ASAA receives support from professional members’ dues; individual, foundation, and corporate donations; and annual contributions from members of the ASAA Industry Roundtable. Members of the Industry Roundtable support the A.W.A.K.E. Network by making unrestricted tax-deductible contributions to the ASAA.

We encourage A.W.A.K.E. coordinators to acknowledge the support of all current Industry Roundtable members at each meeting, as well as local companies that may have provided assistance for that particular meeting.

FAQs for Coordinators

Who can use the A.W.A.K.E. name or ASAA logo?

The “ASAA A.W.A.K.E. Network” is a trademark of the ASAA. “A.W.A.K.E.” stands for “Alert, Well, And Keeping Energetic” with each word capitalized and a comma between “Well” and “And.” In the term “A.W.A.K.E.,” the use of periods is key as “AWAKE” is a trademark of another association.

A.W.A.K.E. Network groups who are considered active may use the A.W.A.K.E. name and may include the ASAA logo in their material, such as newsletters and invitations to meetings.  Email awake@sleepapnea.org for a copy of the logo.

Can I receive a current copy fo the A.W.A.K.E. Resource Book?

In previous years, the information book for the A.W.A.K.E. Network was called the guidelines.  The book has been recently updated and renamed “A.W.A.K.E. Resource Book”.  Email awake@sleepapnea.org for a copy.

Can I recommend certain products or companies? Are there things I cannot say?

The ASAA does not endorse or recommend (or imply endorsement or recommendation of) any company, product, or health care provider. This is one reason we use generic terms, not trade names, and require that A.W.A.K.E. groups do the same. Most important, the ASAA A.W.A.K.E. Network is not to be used for marketing purposes. An entire section of the resource boo is devoted to these issues, and coordinators are always encouraged to call the ASAA office whenever they have a question.

What if our coordinator changes?

If the coordinator of your group changes, the new coordinator must read the Resource Book and send a signed copy of the Statement of Understanding  for our records.

What are the most popular topics for A.W.A.K.E. Meetings?

The following list has been complied from A.W.A.K.E. Groups all over the country.  Click here for the A.W.A.K.E. Topic List.

Are there other Coordinators I can talk to about the A.W.A.K.E. Network?

Reach out to our Coordinator’s Council to learn about the dynamics of their group/area and what they are doing to foster a successful group.

Colleen Bazzani      colleen.bazzani@parknicollet.com      Minneapolis, MN

Kelly Day               kday@carrollhospitalcenter.org          Westminster, MD

Harlan Lachman     harlan@eeivt.com                      South Burlington, VT

Robert Tognoli        awakeatstanford@gmail.com            Redwood City, CA

Kristina Weaver      kristina.weaver@parrishmed.com                 Cocoa, FL

What forms for I need for my group?

The Meeting Summary Form should be faxed or emailed to the ASAA after each A.W.A.K.E. Meeting.

The Statement of Understanding should be on file with the ASAA.  It must contain the current coordinator’s contact information.

The About My A.W.A.K.E. Group is the application needed to start a new group, or if you are making changes to a current group’s name.

How can I update the information listed on the website?

Our website helps patients find you, so you should list as much information about your group as possible.  The ASAA can advertise your Group’s name, Organization’s Name, full address of meeting location, contact name, phone number and email address, group meeting schedule and details.  Email awake@sleepapnea.org to make updates.

I have some questions, who can I ask?

Please call the ASAA at 888-293-3650 and chose the A.W.A.K.E. option, or email awake@sleepapnea.org