2021 Spotlight Series:
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the American Lung Association is proud to present a “Spotlight Series” of Latino Trailblazers and Lung Health Leaders from across the country who make considerable impacts to the Lung Association’s mission and who have contributed to the effort to eliminate lung disease in their community.
Lt. Jeanette Harrington
As the youngest child of 4, Jeannette is the daughter of a Puerto Rican Father and a Panamanian mother, both which strongly influenced her upbringing and her love for her Hispanic heritage. Jeanette’s drive to serve her community led her to a career in public service. For the past 18 ½ years she has worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic for Miami Dade Fire Rescue and now serves in the rank of lieutenant; an achievement that does not come easy for a Hispanic female. Lt. Harrington says that Hispanic Heritage Month reminds her of deep-rooted traditions, values and heritage. This includes a strong work ethic that her Puerto Rican father instilled in her, and her family values imparted by her mother. That sense of family was what drove her to become involved with the American Lung Association. "Mi familia is not only my father, mother, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins, but also everyone I have become close to throughout the years, especially at work," said Lt. Harrington. "Many of my firefighter family members have been impacted by lung disease, a hazard of our job. I became involved with ALA in 2015 after a dear childhood friend’s mother was diagnosed with emphysema, and ultimately passed away.” Since then, Lt. Harrington’s commitment and involvement with the American Lung Association has been unwavering. In fact, just this year, Jeanette was recognized as the highest fundraising firefighter in the nation (personally raising almost $10,000 during the COVID-19 pandemic; bringing her total fundraising efforts to almost $40,000).
Latino Coordinating Center
The Latino Coordinating Center for a Tobacco-Free California (LCC), a program of the California Health Collaborative in partnership with the University of Southern California, assists regional projects in adopting and implementing policies and affecting system changes that reduce tobacco-related disparities among the Latino population in California. LCC's primary services include establishing a statewide Advisory Committee of Latino leaders that guides and supports the programs goals of advancing policy and systems change efforts led by regional projects, develop policy platforms that identify policies and system change priorities with the intent to prevent and reduce tobacco’s impact in California’s Latino population, create publications and develop materials in Spanish that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, and collaborate with partners throughout the state including the American Lung Association to ensure that tobacco control efforts are being done with the Latino community in mind.
Page last updated: September 13, 2022