Lung Health and the Black Community

The American Lung Association pays tribute to the history, heritage and contributions of Black people in the United States.

Black History Month (February 1 – March 1) is a time in our country to recognize the Black community’s influence and impact on American culture and society. The national theme for 2022 focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness.

The Black cultural experience in America is as diverse as it is throughout the world—the hand of Africa and enslavement affected our lifestyle behaviors—for better or for worse. Moreover, it is the perception of individuals who see Black Americans through a “racial lens” that has manipulated how Black people are considered or are marginalized, which has impacted the determinants of health in our communities and, ultimately, the Black/white morbidity and mortality gap.

In recognition of Black History Month, the American Lung Association looks at declaring racism as a public health crisis, lung health outcomes affected by racism, and lung health issues disproportionately impacting Black communities. We are also proud to present our “Spotlight Series” of partners across the country who make considerable impacts to the American Lung Association mission and messages, and who have contributed to the effort to eliminate lung disease in their communities as well as lung health resources pertinent to Black communities and those who serve them.

COVID-19 Resources

Fostering Trust of the COVID-19 Vaccine

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COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit: Better For It

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COVID-19: The Role of Public Health Leaders

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Current COVID-19 Updates

To increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among Black residents, several historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the country have established vaccination sites located in neighborhoods more accessible to Black people to increase the equitable distribution of the vaccine. These HBCUs include:

Current COVID-19 Updates

To increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among Black residents, several historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the country have established vaccination sites located in neighborhoods more accessible to Black people to increase the equitable distribution of the vaccine. These HBCUs include:

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Lung Health and the Black Community

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Enrolling in a tobacco counseling program can increase your chances of success by up to 60% when used in combination with FDA-approved medication.

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Enrolling in a tobacco counseling program can increase your chances of success by up to 60% when used in combination with FDA-approved medication.

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FREE One-Year Membership

To serve those who face a disproportionate burden of tobacco use and tobacco-related illness, we offer a FREE one-year membership to our premiere self-paced, online cessation program Freedom From Smoking Plus ($99.95 value.)

Asthma Educator Institute
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Freedom From Smoking Virtual Clinic
San Jose, CA | Oct 24, 2022