American Lung Association of Florida, North Area

For many years, the American Lung Association of Florida, North Area, has teamed up with historically African-American colleges, including Edward Waters College (EWC Jacksonville), Florida A&M University (FAMU, Tallahassee) and Bethune-Cookman College (BCC, Daytona).  High level university staff serve on ALAF boards and committees  assisting with program awareness, advocacy and fund development; the EWC choir performs at Jacksonville-area ALAF events; FAMU band lead the Tallahassee Asthma Walk and the EWC band lead the walk in Jacksonville in 2004. The North Area provides an annual scholarship to a student with asthma at EWC in memory of Bernard V. Gregory.  The student is recognized at the annual meeting. "With asthma more prevalent in the African-American population, our partnership with historically Black colleges takes on an even more poignant meaning, as we raise awareness of the disease as well as funds for improved treatments and ultimately a cure," said Scott Keith, President, North Area Advisory Board.

The ALA of Florida's North Area has had strong ties with historically African-American colleges for more than a decade and the relationships continue to grow.  Dr. Jimmy Jenkins president of Edward Waters College has served on the North Area Advisory Board; rotating off due to term limits and replaced by another University adminisrator; the EWC choir performs at North Area events and the EWC drum line lead the 2004 Asthma Walk in Jacksonville. In Tallahassee Dr. Larry Robinson, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs served as corporate team chair of the 2004 walk and generated the most income for a corporate team.  The award-winning FAMU band marched and played throughout the entire 3.1 mile walk. In Daytona Bethune-Cookman College student nurses implement OAS; administrative staff serve on the advisory board and on the Asthma Walk planning committee and have formed teams for the walk. "With asthma more prevalent in the African-American community these partnerships take on an even more vital role," said North Area Advisory Board President Scott Keith.