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February 16, 2018

New Family Caregivers Act Recognizes Important Role of Caregivers

On January 22, 2018, the President signed into law the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act. Although RAISE is not accompanied by new funding, it is a step in the right direction in recognizing the important role family caregivers play in the care of people living with chronic illnesses, including COPD. […]
February 14, 2018

Chicago Youth Cigarette Use Hits Historic Low

Respiratory Health Association joined with other patient advocacy organizations in congratulating the City of Chicago on its announcement that cigarette smoking by high school students in Chicago is at an all-time low. According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 6 percent of Chicago high school students reported current […]
February 13, 2018

Take a Stand Against Coal Plant Pollution

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is working openly to allow most of Illinois’ remaining coal-fired power plants to nearly double their emissions of lung-damaging air pollution.  Dynegy, an energy company that owns eight coal plants in Illinois, started working behind the scenes with the IEPA over a year ago to weaken existing public health […]
February 13, 2018

Decreasing youth tobacco use across Illinois

With the support of RHA and other organizations, State Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) and State Rep. Camille Lilly (D-Oak Park) have introduced legislation to raise the minimum age for tobacco sales in Illinois from 18 to 21. Known commonly as Tobacco 21, the effort aims to curb youth smoking, which will lead to fewer adult […]
February 8, 2018

The Night that Fuels Nicole’s Fight Against Asthma

Nicole Brown was at home when her one-year-old baby Nicholas began to cry. As hours passed and nothing soothed him, Nicole knew that it was time to call the doctor. A team of two doctors and a nurse quickly realized that Nicholas was struggling to breathe. They began breathing treatments, checked his pulse, and recommended […]
January 18, 2018

Save the Date – State Lung Health Education Day is April 18

On April 18th we’re bringing a busload of volunteers down to Springfield to meet with state lawmakers and educate them on lung disease and efforts to improve lung health. Whether you’re a seasoned advocate or a newcomer we want to empower you to speak up for lung health. Just sharing your story can be enough […]
January 18, 2018

New RHA Quit Smoking Resources Available

Do you work with clients or patients who smoke? Are you interested in providing resources to individuals who are thinking about quitting? Respiratory Health Association has developed new print materials to assist and motivate individuals throughout their quit smoking journey. They are appropriate for distribution in a variety of health and community settings and include […]
January 18, 2018

RHA Issues Reports on Clean Energy and Health and Reimbursement for Asthma Services

Last month, RHA released two groundbreaking new reports on lung health. The first discusses Clean Energy and Lung Health. With 2017’s Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act, Illinois is increasing investments in green energy sources, such as wind and solar, as well as energy efficiency initiatives to make better use of existing power. What does this […]
January 18, 2018

Have you tested your home for radon?

January is Radon Action Month, which means it’s a good time to check your home and protect your loved ones. Radon is an odorless, invisible gas that is generated as radioactive minerals in the ground break down. This gas comes up through the soil and can enter homes through cracks in building foundations. Exposure to […]
January 18, 2018

Flu season is in full swing. Protect your family and others.

As you have likely heard, cases of the flu have increased dramatically across the US over the last three weeks. Flu is now widespread in all states and Illinois is one of 26 states that are experiencing particularly high levels of flu activity this season. Flu season goes through March and it is of great […]
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