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April 17, 2018

22nd Annual CowaLUNGa Takes Place August 4-6, 2018

Registration for CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour 2018 is now open! Escape the noise of the city for a weekend and explore the scenic Midwest as you bike through northern Illinois into southern Wisconsin. About CowaLUNGa 2018 Along the way, you’ll experience an unparalleled level of camaraderie and support from other cyclists and Respiratory Health Association, […]
April 17, 2018

New Asthma Legislation Aims to Protect Students

Across Illinois more than 330,000 children have reported asthma; however, less than twenty-five percent of those children have their asthma under proper control. That means three out of four kids living with asthma are likely to experience symptoms of respiratory distress, leading to increased emergency department visits and hospitalizations. New Asthma Legislation A proposed law […]
April 17, 2018

What is ‘Non-medical Switching’ of Prescriptions?

Under current Illinois law, there’s nothing that prevents coverage changes during the course of the policy year when participants are locked into their plans. These midyear changes in coverage often cause “non-medical switching” – the practice in which stable patients are forced off their original medications, regardless of clinician recommendations and health consequences. RHA joined […]
April 17, 2018

RHA heads to Springfield to make our voices heard!

RHA’s annual State Lung Health Education Day gives advocates the opportunity to visit Springfield and gather support for lung-friendly initiatives. For seasoned advocates and newcomers alike, we want to empower you to speak up for lung health. Just sharing your story can be enough to influence policy and improve lives for years to come.   […]
March 23, 2018

The Century Ride at CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour 2018

CowaLUNGa 2018 takes place August 4-6, 2018. Proving your endurance by riding the 100-mile “century” is one of the ultimate badges of honor for cyclists. But at CowaLUNGa, biking 100 miles means even more: All fees and fundraising support RHA’s work toward healthy lungs and clean air for all! This is RHA’s 22nd year hosting the […]
March 15, 2018

New Insights on Flu in Healthy Children Thanks to RHA-funded Study

A key component of Respiratory Health Association’s (RHA) mission is to help people live better through funding lung disease research. In 2016, RHA awarded research funding to Dr. Bria Coates of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to study how the influenza A virus impacts the immune system response in the development of lung injuries […]
March 15, 2018

Make Every Mile Count with Lung Power Team

Planning to run a race this year? Whether it’s your first triathlon or your 100th 5K, dedicate your efforts to healthy lungs and clean air as a member of Respiratory Health Association’s Lung Power Team. Joining is easy and the option to choose your own race gives you flexibility to find an athletic pursuit that […]
March 7, 2018

Tom Earll is Making Memories with Every Breath

When Tom Earll’s daughter, Katy, planned her wedding, she easily chose the venue and the dress. But one heartbreaking fact loomed over it all: Katy didn’t know if her father would live long enough to walk her down the aisle. “It was very possible that I was going to die and not be at her […]
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 […]
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