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Barbara M. Kaplan, MPH, CHES

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National Director, Lung Health Education

American Lung Association

Barbara Kaplan is the director of lung health education at the American Lung Association National Office in Washington, DC. Barbara joined the American Lung Association in 2003 to develop an evidenced-based adult asthma education program for nationwide implementation. She is responsible for the dissemination of several programs including: Asthma Basics, Asthma Educator Institute®, Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative®, Breathe Well, Live Well®: The Guide to Managing Asthma at Home and Work, Open Airways For Schools®, and Better Breathers Clubs. Barbara is a co-author on a peer-reviewed article "National standards for asthma self-management education" in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She leads national webinars on various topics aimed at improving lung health and speaks at national conferences. She manages the organization's online content for the asthma and COPD pages on and the learning platform Barbara oversees several federal and non-federal grants aimed at improving asthma management among adults and children, and improving the quality of life for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She collaborates with local Lung Association staff across the country one of the organization's strategic imperatives, to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families.  Barbara has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Public Health degree from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

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