About NEA

Hello! We’re the National Eczema Association

We’re here because you’re here. We are the voice, the resource and the hub for the more than 31 million Americans and their families who are living with eczema.

The National Eczema Association (NEA) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. NEA is the driving force for an eczema community fueled by knowledge, strengthened through collective action and propelled by the promise for a better future.

As the pace of change accelerates, NEA will be relied upon more than ever to translate the promise of a better tomorrow into meaningful differences – both in the near-term and for generations to come. 

Our Vision:

A world without eczema.

Our Mission:

NEA is the driving force for an eczema community fueled by knowledge, strengthened through collective action and propelled by the promise for a better future.

Our Values:

Transformative: We embrace the future, think big and are passionate leaders of innovative change.
Patient-centered: We embody the true lived experience of all people affected by eczema, elevate their voices and address their needs.
Collaborative: We will empower one another and work with all those who share our vision for a better future for all those affected by eczema.
Truth-seeking: We rely on science, evidence and reason to inform our evolving understanding of eczema.
Accountable: We are honest, trustworthy, credible and transparent.

Building Blocks: Key Definitions

Reflecting back and looking ahead led us to appreciate how central the concept of “community” has become to NEA’s identity and its existence, as is now captured in our new mission statement (above). We also recognized that what we mean by the term “eczema community” has expanded over the years to reflect a multitude of personal and professional interests in making life better for those who live with eczema. Many people seek out NEA to connect with others who understand and share the experience of living with eczema. Each individual’s unique perspective, based on their own experience, is a source of strength and vibrancy for the diversity of our community.

To enhance understanding in how we are using two terms that appear frequently throughout the Blueprint, we share these definitions:

“Eczema community” is used to include:
  • People directly affected by eczema (patients, caregivers, care partners, parents, family members)
  • Healthcare professionals who provide care to eczema patients
  • Researchers studying eczema
  • People who work for companies developing and/or marketing products designed to relieve eczema
  • Other allies inspired by NEA’s vision of a world without eczema
“Diverse backgrounds and experiences” reflects NEA’s intention to engage an eczema community inclusive of:
  • All forms of eczema, types of symptom expression and degrees of severity
  • People of different age, racial, ethnic and cultural groups
  • People of all socioeconomic and education levels

Who is NEA?

We’ve got the best in the business our side. Starting with our national volunteer Board of Directors, composed of people with first-hand experience of eczema. Our board includes patients, parents, doctors and nurses – all dedicated to helping to make the world better for people with eczema.

Our volunteer Scientific & Medical Advisory Council is made up of the top researchers and clinicians in eczema. The advisory board guides us in research, patient and professional education and everything else related to eczema science and medicine.

On the ground is NEA’s staff – a group of non-profit professionals dedicated to the success of our organization and the people we serve.

Last – but never, ever least – are the hundreds of NEA volunteers and donors who are out in their communities and beyond raising money and awareness for our collective cause.

Donate to NEA today and help us amplify the voice and needs of people living with eczema. 

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