Therese Smith

RN, BSN, MPA, CCM

Therese SmithTherese Smith Named "Champion of Change" By White House

On July 9, The White House honored eleven people who are working on the front lines to protect public health in a changing climate as "Champions of Change". One of those is American Lung Association of the Midland States volunteer, Therese Smith.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature groups of Americans – individuals, businesses and organizations – who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and nominate a Champion, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

Nominated by the American Lung Association in Michigan, Therese Smith was honored at a reception at the White House on July 9, 2013. Smith is one of 11 persons honored.

"We are excited that Therese has been chosen as a Champion of Change by the White House. Therese's volunteer efforts to educate people about climate change and air quality have helped put us on a path that will lead to stronger pollution standards and cleaner air for everyone in Michigan" said Barry Gottschalk, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Midland States – which coordinates programs and services in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Therese Smith, RN BSN MPA CCM is a registered nurse with over thirty years' experience serving a multitude of populations from newborns to the elderly.

She has worked on the front lines to treat patients who will be most impacted by climate change. In addition, she has been a first-hand witness to the already heavy burden air pollution places on families of kids with asthma, adults with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and those struggling with other lung health challenges, and recognizes that uncontrolled carbon pollution that's driving climate change will only make that burden worse.

Therese has been an active volunteer of the American Lung Association in Michigan, and is a member of the organization's local Regional Leadership Council.

Thersese has continued to raise awareness about the public health impacts of uncontrolled carbon pollution that's driving climate change and how the air pollution problems impacted by climate change will only make the burden of lung disease worse.

She has also worked with local decision makers to seek support for action now to reduce air pollution that threatens public health, including carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.