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June 21, 2018

RHA Announces Local Lung Disease Research Awards

RHA Announces Local Lung Disease Research Awards We recently selected our 2019 research grant awardees! These Chicago-based researchers were granted funding for their research in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and lung cancer. Catherine Bonham, M.D., from the University of Chicago Medicine received RHA’s 2019 Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) research award. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a […]
June 21, 2018

IEPA Takes Public Comment on Volkswagen Settlement Spending Amidst Pressure from RHA, Partners

IEPA Takes Public Comment on Volkswagen Settlement Spending Amidst Pressure from RHA, Partners At the end of May, RHA, our clean air advocates and partner organizations rallied together at the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago to demand that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) use funds received in the Volkswagen diesel settlement to adopt the […]
June 21, 2018

Respiratory Health Association Statement Applauding Illinois’s Adoption of Tobacco 21

Respiratory Health Association Statement Applauding Illinois’s Adoption of Tobacco 21 Respiratory Health Association congratulates the Illinois General Assembly on the passage of statewide “Tobacco 21” legislation raising the age to purchase tobacco products in the state from 18 to 21. With the enactment of this legislation, Illinois becomes the sixth state in the U.S. to […]
June 1, 2018

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.  At 47, doctors diagnosed Theresa with stage four squamous cell cancer of unknown primary. Squamous cell lung cancer accounts for […]
May 25, 2018

Illinois Passes New ‘Stock Asthma Rescue Medication’ Legislation Making Schools Safer for Children with Asthma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2018 CONTACT: Erica Krutsch Director, Marketing and Communications Respiratory Health Association Desk: (312) 628-0225 Cell: (734) 262-4527 Illinois Passes New ‘Stock Asthma Rescue Medication’ Legislation Making Schools Safer for Children with Asthma CHICAGO – Illinois schools are one step closer to creating a safer environment for students living with asthma. […]
May 25, 2018

First Air Pollution Action Day of 2018 Called

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2018 CONTACT: Michele Reyes Coordinator, Marketing and Communications Respiratory Health Association Desk: (312) 628-0226   First Air Pollution Action Day of 2018 Called CHICAGO – Respiratory Health Association is alerting the public that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency issued an Air Pollution Action Day alert to individuals in the Chicago […]
May 18, 2018

Lung Health Policy Update – May 2018

RHA’s policy team has been hard at work advancing state and local lung-friendly legislation in Illinois. Here’s what we have achieved with your generous support and advocacy. Tobacco 21 Policies Gain Momentum The age of 21 is important for tobacco prevention since 95 percent of smokers start before the age of 21. The majority of underage […]
May 18, 2018

2018 Guide to RHA’s Asthma Resources

Asthma is a chronic, or lifelong, inflammation of the lungs’ airways. This inflammation, or swelling, makes airways more sensitive to triggers such as pollen, dust, secondhand smoke or pet dander. Exposure to these triggers can cause shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness of the chest and coughing. Asthma affects more than 18 million adults and nearly […]
May 17, 2018

RHA’s Asthma Programs Empower Children to Live Better Lives

In Illinois, more than 330,000 children have asthma, but less than 25 percent of those children have their asthma under proper control. That means three out of four children living with asthma are likely to experience symptoms of respiratory distress, leading to increased emergency department visits, hospitalizations and school absences. The Importance of Asthma Self-management […]
May 17, 2018

Respiratory Health Association Unveils New Asthma Research at World Asthma Day Press Conference

On May 1, also known as World Asthma Day, Respiratory Health Association released new asthma research showing that despite over a decade of efforts from researchers, health care providers and community organizations, there has been little progress in addressing racial disparities among Chicago children with asthma. Of all the asthma-related emergency department visits by Chicago […]
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