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Annual Report

2017 Annual Report - Health Education
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Health Education

Support and Tools to Help All Americans Breathe Easier

20,000 people chose Freedom From Smoking to help them quit smoking

LUNG FORCE Expos launched in seven additional communities reaching over 5,500 people

Trained more than 200 Better Breathers Club facilitators

The Lung HelpLine provided help and support to 89,000 callers

Our Asthma Basics course helped 4,500 more patients and caregivers manage their asthma

Asthma Basics helped 5,800 people learn how to better manage their asthma

When Americans need tools, information and support for better lung health, the American Lung Association is the source they trust. This past year, we developed even more resources to help people protect their lungs and to support both patients and caregivers as they face a wide array of lung diseases, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis and more.

More than 25 million Americans live with asthma, including more than 6.2 million children, for whom it is a leading cause of missed school and hospitalization. This year, we made major advancements to our asthma materials, including a new Asthma in Schools online resource, new resources for schools to create safe and healthy learning environments through  our Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative, a Wellness Policy Guide and a Back to School Checklist.

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We released our new Breathe Well, Live Well® Educator Training course to prepare people to facilitate adult asthma education in their own community using our award-winning resource, “Breathe Well, Live Well: The Guide to Managing Your Asthma at Home and Work.”

This year, we teamed up  with Three Lakes Partners to raise awareness and create a new suite of tools for people with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, and offered free online CME - Pulmonary Fibrosis Continuing Education for Healthcare Professionals.

To coincide with National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month in April, we partnered with the CHEST Foundation, and Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR) on the fourth annual Seek Answers. Inspire Results. sarcoidosis awareness campaign. We also hosted a nationwide webcast – now available on demand - Sarcoidosis: What You Need to Know.

More Health Education Impact

Showing the Impact of Tobacco Use Our new video shows how smoking wreaks havoc on lung health by comparing the lungs of a healthy nonsmoker versus those of a smoker. This video shows the damage smoking causes to healthy lungs and explains how much of it can be reversed by quitting smoking. The video’s most important message is that it’s never too late to quit.
Supporting Supplemental Oxygen UsersOxygen therapy can be incredibly helpful for people facing lung disease. But getting started with the different devices can be daunting. That’s why we created five new videos that cover the basics of using oxygen therapy. We also created a blog that takes you behind the scenes on the shoot for these videos.
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Helping Public Housing Go SmokefreeThis past year, we played a leadership role in helping the Department  of Housing and Urban Development implement its new rule making federally funded housing smokefree.  This will protect close to two million Americans – including 690,000 children - from secondhand smoke exposure in their homes. As part of this effort, we are working with housing authorities, property managers and directly with residents to provide tools and resources to help those who smoke quit.
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Our Growing Patient Support CommunitiesWe are proud to support several free online communities on for people facing lung disease. These free online communities offer peer-to-peer support so you can connect with people who are in your shoes. These communities are constantly growing, and include: Living with COPD, which grew by 343 percent in the past year. The other communities are: Lung Cancer Survivors, Living with Lung Disease, Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis, Caring for Pulmonary Fibrosis, Quit Now: Freedom From Smoking® and Living with Asthma.
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