Impact

  • Many State Medicaid Programs Fall Short of Adequate Home Intervention Coverage for Asthma Care
    August 18, 2016  |  Michael McKnight, Vice President of Policy and Innovation, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
    Last month, the American Lung Association released results of its Asthma Care Coverage Project that tracks state Medicaid programs’ coverage of asthma care. The results found that out of 23 states surveyed, only four states covered home visits and interventions without barriers. Three states had coverage but with barriers, another six states had some coverage but barriers were not necessarily always present, and10 states had no coverage for home visits. For a condition as prevalent and serious as asthma, causing over 3,000 deaths each year, these findings are unacceptable.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Impact,
  • child breathing secondhand smoke Secondhand Smoke – Firsthand Risk
    June 23, 2016  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    Today, 28 states and the District of Columbia have passed comprehensive laws to protect their citizens from secondhand smoke. Now it’s time for the remaining 22 states to do the same.
    Related Topics:  Tobacco & Smoking, Impact,
  • Dr. Sharad Goyal Lung Cancer Research Q&A
    May 24, 2016  |  Susan Rappaport
    Sharad Goyal, MD is the first-ever recipient of The LUNG FORCE Research Innovation Project: Lung Cancer in Women Award, funded by the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative, which raises awareness of the impact of lung cancer in women and critical funds for lung cancer research.
    Related Topics:  LUNG FORCE, Impact, Research,
  • Poor air quality threatens health of more than half of Americans
    May 3, 2016  |  Harold P. Wimmer
    While we have seen tremendous improvements in air quality over the years due to the public health success of the Clean Air Act, poor air quality still threatens the health of more than half of all Americans, especially those with asthma and other lung diseases.
    Related Topics:  Healthy Air, Impact,
  • Text The Young Investigator Investment: Committing to the Future
    April 28, 2016  |  Alexandra Sierra
    The mission of the Lung Association is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Research is vital to that mission. Through the Awards and Grants program, our pledge to the future of lung health research is demonstrated, as investing in young investigators is key to gaining a long-term commitment to lung disease research.
    Related Topics:  Research, Impact,
  • Kate Forbes speaking at a podium Behind the Scenes: Q&A with Kathryn Forbes, American Lung Association National Board Chair
    April 10, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Kathryn (Kate) Forbes is an American Lung Association volunteer. She's been a member of the national Board of Directors since 2009, and has served the past two years as our Board Chair. In this position, she provides leadership and support to Lung Association staff working nationwide to drive forward our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. We had a little QA with her.
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  • Banner asking what grade your state got for SOTC 2016 State of Tobacco Control: Answers to Your Burning Questions
    February 4, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    Understandably there are many questions that come up when it comes to policies and regulations. So, we've put together a few answers to commonly asked questions about tobacco control from the authors of our "State of Tobacco Control 2016" report.
    Related Topics:  Tobacco & Smoking, Impact,
  • Image of half circle pie chart with small cut made to represent 2 cents per dollar Who Is Really Benefiting From the Tobacco Settlement Money?
    February 3, 2016  |  Thomas Carr
    You may or may not remember this, but there was a time when the tobacco industry even more openly and brazenly marketed tobacco products to our kids. It was then and continues today to be their business plan: they hook kids young, which can lead to a lifetime of addiction and tobacco industry profits.
    Related Topics:  Tobacco & Smoking, Impact,
  • lens magnifying the radon symbol of the periodic table How Your Home May Resemble a Uranium Mine
    January 27, 2016  |  Janice Nolen
    Your home and a uranium mine may have something in common. That something is radon, an invisible gas that causes lung cancer.
    Related Topics:  Health & Wellness, Impact,
  • Black and white photo of children in TB sanitorium How We Conquered Consumption
    January 2, 2016  |  Editorial Staff
    As the most feared disease in the world, the disease was known as the "Great White Plague" (due to the extreme paleness of those affected), striking down the young and old, the rich and poor. It seemed no one was safe from tuberculosis or consumption as it was known.
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