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  • CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour - August 4-6, 2018

    Thanks for riding with us!

    The 22nd ride may be over, but there is still time to help your favorite rider meet their fundraising goal!

  • Hike for Lung Health - September 16, 2018

    IT’S A WALK IN THE PARK

    Hike for Lung Health is a charity walk held in Chicago’s Lincoln Park that raises awareness and funds for lung disease. Hundreds of participants attend the charity walk, and their efforts help the 1 million Chicagoland residents affected by asthma, COPD, lung cancer and other lung diseases.

  • Advancing COPD Outreach and Education

    RHA Receives Funding

    RHA will disseminate approximately 300 copies of the COPD Caregiver’s Toolkit through health care providers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, thanks to a recently awarded subcontract from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s COPD Learn More Breathe Better® program.

  • Persisting Racial Disparities Among Chicago Children with Asthma

    Special Report

    One of the more vexing public health issues facing Chicago is the existence of significant racial/ethnic disparities in asthma. Chicago has been identified as an epicenter for asthma, with higher prevalence in minority communities on the city’s west and south sides. Data revealed that between 2009 and 2015 the number of annual asthma-related ED visits among Chicago children declined, however, the racial and ethnic disparities in rates of visits showed only modest decreases. 

  • Home-based Asthma Education and Environmental Interventions in Illinois

    The Case for Sustainable Financing

    Despite the economic benefits, reimbursement for asthma education and environmental management tends to be lower and/or less comprehensive than other asthma management approaches. Learn more about our goal to expand access to these asthma management strategies and recommended sustainable financing mechanisms.

  • Issue Brief

    Clean, Renewable Energy is Good for Lung Health

    Increased use of clean, renewable energy, such as wind and solar-generated power, when combined with increased energy efficiency, can improve health both by reducing emissions that harm health directly and that increase global warming. Respiratory Health Association’s new issue brief examines why clean, renewable energy is not just an environmental issue, but a public health priority.

  • Training Now Available Online

    Asthma Management

    for School Staff

    An online, one-hour training that teaches you how to respond during a child’s asthma emergency at school

HEALTHY LUNGS AND CLEAN AIR FOR ALL

GOVERNOR SIGNS
"STOCK ALBUTEROL" BILL
A SAFER ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA

Stock Asthma Rescue Medication in Schools (SB 3015) was passed by the Illinois Legislature this spring and signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner on August 3! Illinois now joins ten other states in adopting similar policies regarding stock asthma medication.

TOBACCO 21 AWAITS
GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE
Illinois General Assembly Passes Statewide "Tobacco 21"

Once enacted, Illinois will become the sixth state in the U.S. to raise the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. Contact Governor Rauner today and urge him to save lives and money by signing the bill into law.

LUNG POWER TEAM
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Her Mother's Memory Pushes Melanie to the Finish

Melanie Santarelli ran the Chicago marathon when she was 10 weeks pregnant. The accomplishment speaks to a toughness that Melanie learned from her own mother, Theresa, whose battle with cancer spurred Melanie to begin running. 

RESPIRATORY HEALTH ASSOCIATION'S MISSION IS TO PREVENT LUNG DISEASE, PROMOTE CLEAN AIR AND HELP PEOPLE LIVE BETTER THROUGH EDUCATION, RESEARCH, AND POLICY CHANGE.