Mission Moment August 2018
(August 27, 2018)
'Saved By The Scan' Facebook Campaign: Earlier this month on World Lung Cancer Day, LUNG FORCE launched a new, animated Facebook advertising campaign featuring "The Scan," a superhero that informs those potentially at high risk for lung cancer and their loved ones about the importance of screening. The new advertising effort is a part of "Saved By The Scan," a first-of-its kind lung cancer screening public awareness campaign issued in partnership between the American Lung Association and the Ad Council in 2017. View the campaign here and share the video with your social networks.
LUNG FORCE Hero: "At the age of 37 I was blindsided with my lung cancer diagnosis," said LUNG FORCE Hero Jessica D. "I'm still far from a lung cancer expert but I've learned this much in the last year. This disease can affect anyone, regardless of age, race or gender and it really doesn't care if you are or were a smoker." Read her story.
Walk to Support LUNG FORCE: Walk and Run/Walk season is here! Join us as we walk together to raise awareness and funds to defeat lung cancer and raise our voices for lung health. Each dollar we raise gets us closer to healthy lungs for everyone. Find an event near you.
New Awards and Grants Program Announced: The American Lung Association is now accepting applications for its research Awards and Grants program. This year, we have added several exciting, new components, including:
- Catalyst Award, supporting the next generation of scientists who are ascending toward independence.
- Innovation Award, supporting the work of scientists with a proven track record of success, poised to make a significant impact in lung health discoveries.
- Public Policy Research Award, designed to help stimulate and inform important public policy debates around healthy air and lung disease.
Returning awards include:
- Lung Cancer Discovery Award to support independent investigators conducting clinical, laboratory, epidemiological or any groundbreaking project aimed at revolutionizing our current understanding of lung cancer and improving diagnostic, clinical, and treatment methods. A Letter of Intent (LOI) is required for this award. The deadline to submit an LOI for this award is October 3, 2018.
- Allergic Respiratory Diseases Research Award, which represents a long-standing joint effort between the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology to encourage and support investigators with a primary faculty appointment in an allergy-immunology division, to conduct research into advancing the understanding of allergic respiratory disease.
- Dalsemer Award, a mentored award meant to provide seed monies to junior investigators for researching the mechanisms and biology of interstitial lung disease.
To learn more about these and our other awards and grants, and to apply, visit Lung.org/awards. The Lung Association will accept applications through December 13, 2018.
ACRC Findings Published: Our Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) recently published findings on the effectiveness of questionnaires evaluating anxiety in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Anxiety is a common comorbidity of COPD patients and is associated with higher morbidity and mortality. Through this trial, the ACRC recruited people with COPD at 16 centers to evaluate and compare three anxiety screening questionnaires. The study found that symptoms of anxiety among COPD patients were common and significantly higher based on the results from each of the three screening questionnaires compared to the prevalence of anxiety disorder as determined by the “gold standard” questionnaire. The ACRC results indicate the need for improved anxiety measures for COPD patients and their use for both early identification and treatment. Referral to a mental health specialist should be considered in patients that screen positive for anxiety.
Defining the Role of Immune Cells in Fighting Influenza Virus: When a person is infected with influenza , various immune cells infiltrate into the infected airway to eliminate disease-causing germs. Understanding how the body responds during the infection is a key to improving control of influenza. With funding from the American Lung Association, Dr. Kihong Lim is working to define the role of immune cells in fighting influenza virus.
Leading the Way in Smokefree Housing and Protecting Millions: On July 30, we celebrated a decisive victory for lung health, when the long-awaited rule by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) went into effect making all federally-owned public housing across the nation smokefree. We are proud of the role the Lung Association played in working to get this rule passed. Our advocacy work in this space over the past 10 years will pay off in protecting close to two million public housing residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke, including close to 690,000 children. In addition to pushing for passage of this rule, our staff has worked tirelessly on the successful implementation of the rule with local public housing authorities (PHAs), the American Academy of Pediatrics, HUD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As part of this effort, we have created a suite of tools for residents, property managers and others to use as they transition towards a healthier smokefree life. All can be found at Lung.org/smokefreehousing. We also have people "on the ground" ready to assist as PHAs implement the rule and smokers work to quit. Learn more.
Tobacco 21 in Massachusetts: We are also excited to share that on July 21, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a comprehensive tobacco control bill which includes raising the legal age for tobacco sales to 21. Massachusetts joins Maine, Oregon, Hawaii, California and New Jersey in taking this major step to protect youth and save countless lives. Close to 95 percent of smokers try their first cigarette before age 21. In March of 2015, the National Academy of Medicine found that increasing the minimum age of sale for tobacco products to at least 21 years old will significantly reduce youth tobacco use and save thousands of lives. The Lung Association has been a leader on this initiative and is working to see Tobacco 21 the law across the country.
Back to School with Asthma: The start of the school year is almost here. School can be challenging for students with asthma. That's why we provide tips and resources for parents, teachers, school nurses and school administrators to help them prepare for students with asthma.
- Understand asthma: Do you need to learn more about asthma? Our Asthma Basics online learning module can help anyone with asthma or their caregivers learn more about asthma and how to treat and manage it. The course is also available in Spanish.
- Asthma medications at school: All 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed a law allowing students to carry and use inhalers at school. However, some kids are still denied access to these lifesaving medications at school. Our Student Readiness Assessment Tool coupled with the Model Policy for School Districts help school personnel and parents determine if their students are ready to self-carry their medicine along with putting a formal policy in place in their schools.
- Making your school asthma friendly: Our Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative provides a framework and tools that schools, and communities can use to work together on a comprehensive approach to asthma management, including planning tools, policy recommendations, and education programs.
- Improving Medicaid coverage for asthma treatments: Half of all children with asthma in the United States get their health coverage through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), making insurance coverage of asthma treatments under these programs important. That is why we track Medicaid coverage of asthma treatments in all 50 states and are working to improve Medicaid coverage for parents and children in several of them.
September Is Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month: September is right around the corner, and that means it's time to learn more about this challenging and unpredictable disease which involvesd scarring of the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. A great place to start, is with our new the Understanding Pulmonary Fibrosis video. We've also launched a new suite of pulmonary fibrosis tools and resources that can all be found at Lung.org/pf. We're also funding several research projects related to PF. You can also learn more from our recent blog.
Is Your Healthcare Under Attack? New Brief: If you receive your healthcare coverage through a state Medicaid program, it may be threatened by a coordinated attack. Read our new report and learn how Medicaid "waivers" proposed in many states, could create insurmountable barriers to healthcare for people living with serious and chronic illnesses, such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.
Cleaner Cars Under Attack: The Trump Administration has proposed to revoke cleaner cars standards, a rollback that would gut the lifesaving, widely popular cleaner cars program. That's why the Lung Association joined nine other health organizations to denounce the plan and defend the Clean Air Act. How popular are these cleaner cars standards that protect our air and our health? A recent Lung Association poll showed that nearly seven in 10 voters want the administration to leave current vehicle standards in place. We need your help to defend lung health. Please visit Lung.org/cleanercars and tell the administration not to roll back these protections.
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