Mission Moment April – 2016
(April 21, 2016)
Spring is finally here, and that means getting outdoors! Our 2016 "State of the Air" report can tell you if the outdoor air where you live is healthy or harmful. You can also join us by participating in an American Lung Association LUNG FORCE Walk—it's a great way to get out and support our lifesaving mission. Here's a look at our highlights in lung health from the past month.
Rebecca Ryan with the
American Lung Association
in Vermont and LUNG
FORCE Hero Nancy Hale
visit Sen. Patrick Leahy
LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day Supports Lung Cancer Research: Our first LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day on March 16 is still making an impact in Washington! LUNG FORCE Heroes from all 50 states met with their senators and representatives to share their personal stories and ask for sustained and increased funding for research at the National Institutes of Health, to find better treatments and additional early detection for lung cancer. These LUNG FORCE Heroes, all either living with lung cancer or representing a family member living with lung cancer, were strong voices for research for hope. Add your voice and urge your members of Congress to support NIH research
LUNG FORCE Hero: One of the LUNG FORCE Heroes who went to Washington, DC was Jennifer K. After losing her husband at only 35 to lung cancer, LUNG FORCE Hero Jennifer K. vowed to keep his memory alive. Read her story. Share your voice and hear from other LUNG FORCE Heroes.
Want to do more? LUNG FORCE Expo and Walk season is here. Whether you want to learn more or to help us raise money for research and health education, find an event to participate in near you.
Thank You CVS! We want to thank LUNG FORCE presenting partner CVS Health for again planning to run an in-store fundraising promotion to support our fight against lung cancer. From May 15 to June 11, you can show your support by making a donation at checkout in all CVS Pharmacy locations. When you do, be sure to thank them for helping us beat lung cancer!
Lung Cancer Patients—New Videos Available: The American Lung Association has created a series of videos to help lung cancer patients better understand what to expect from chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and palliative care. And, if you know someone facing lung cancer, please share these helpful resources with them. If you have questions or need support, please contact our free Lung Cancer HelpLine at 844-ALA-LUNG (844-252-5863).
New Additions to Research: In addition to the research awards we announced this past July, we have added two new young investigators to our American Lung Association Research Team. Bria Coates from Northwestern University in Chicago will be examining the "Impact of NOD-like receptor signaling in juvenile influenza A virus infection" and Mary Rice, from Harvard Medical School will be looking at "Ambient Temperature and Lung Function: Acute Effects and Interactions with Outdoor Pollutants." We are pleased to fund these two young investigators in partnership with the ATS Foundation.
Texting to Fight TB: Tuberculosis still poses health risks in America. One of our researchers, Eyal Oren, PhD, is currently exploring an innovative way to use texting to help people with latent TB stick to their treatment regimen. His blog explains how this technique could help patients prevent spread of the disease. Find out more about theimpact of research.
State of the Air: Our 2016 "State of the Air" report finds that, despite continued improvement in air quality, 166 million Americans (52.1 percent) are at risk from health effects of unhealthy air. This 17th annual, national air quality report card found that unhealthy air puts more than half of all Americans at risk for premature death and other serious health effects like lung cancer, asthma attacks, cardiovascular damage and developmental and reproductive harm. Learn more about the air quality where you live and how you can help make it healthier.
Climate Impacts Health Today:
On April 4, to kickoff National Public Health Week, the White House released a comprehensive "state of the science" report, The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment showing extensive evidence that climate change harms human health today, and will do so increasingly in the future without intervention. Lung Association staff also joined a panel at the White House event, and co-hosted a nationwide teleconference call "live from the White House" featuring White House Senior Scientific Advisor John Holdren as well as representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency to discuss the report. At the same time, 17 national public health and medical organizations, led by the Lung Association, issued a Declaration on Climate Change and Health urging bold action to address climate change. Field staff around the country shared the report's key findings in radio interviews and print media.
Walks, Climbs, So Many Ways to Help: Special event season is well under way, meaning it's time to get up, get out, and get moving for better lung health! Participation in a Lung Association event is a fun way to raise funds and awareness in your community. You can choose from a variety of events that appeal to a full range of interests and physical abilities. We're sure you'll find one or more to enjoy, along with friends, family and co-workers!
Quitting Is Better Together: We've partnered with the Anthem Foundation to bring the Addressing Tobacco Use Disparities in Priority Populations project to populations that need it most, in nine states, ensuring better access to proven quit-smoking programs, such as Freedom From Smoking®. Follow our work in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Colorado and Nevada through #QuitBetterTogether. Because quitting really is better together.
Knocking Tobacco Out of the Park! Baseball season is underway, and while you can expect to see plenty of home runs and double plays, one thing you'll see less of is tobacco! Several cities, including Boston, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco, have passed local legislation to make their ballparks completely tobacco-free. People and players will no longer be able to use tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, in ballparks. These new laws will help ensure that the baseball players—who many kids look to as role models—are no longer sending the wrong message to our kids about tobacco use. Learn more.
Better Tools for Asthma in Schools: The school environment can be challenging for children with asthma. To help them stay healthy, in school and ready to learn, we have a number of new resources. These are designed to help school districts and independent schools improve access to asthma medication for students with asthma:
- Asthma Medication Template Policy can help school districts and schools adopt a stock bronchodilator policy to ensure students with asthma have access and availability to back-up asthma medication using standing orders for quick-relief medicine.
- Student Readiness Assessment Tool can be used by school nurses and parents to gauge a child's readiness to carry and administer their quick-relief inhaler.
- Student Readiness Online Learning Module helps staff and other designated school personnel learn how to assess a child's readiness to carry and use a quick-relief inhaler.
Each Breathe Blog
Our new blog, Each Breath, continues to take us down surprising, engaging and ultimately helpful paths in the world of lung health. Check out our series on indoor air pollution, our popular blog about weather and your lungs or a whimsical piece about Granddad—a fish with a lung!
Everything we do, we do with generous and enduring support from you. If you haven't seen our 2015 Digital Annual Report, we invite to take a look at the past year's work, made possible with your generous help! THANK YOU for all you do to support healthy air and healthy lungs.