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Mission Moment July - 2018

(July 16, 2018)


LUNG FORCE Walks: Are you looking for a way to join our efforts to defeat lung cancer? LUNG FORCE Walk season is right around the corner, and now is the perfect time to make a plan to participate and even pull together a team of walkers.  Upcoming events include the LUNG FORCE Walk in Chicago on August 12 and the LUNG FORCE Walk/Run in Jacksonville, Florida on August 25. Need a little inspiration? Read how employees of our partner AbbVie, across the country, are making a real impact by participating in LUNG FORCE Walks. Find an event near you.

LUNG FORCE Hero: Betsy S. has been a lifelong supporter of the American Lung Association, but her support took on new, more personal meaning when she lost her older sister to lung cancer, when she was only 55. Now Betsy is devoted to helping LUNG FORCE eliminate lung cancer, in honor of her sister.


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 The Lung Association will accept applications through December 13, 2018.

Investigating Glycolipids in Developing New Treatments for Tuberculosis: Developing new tuberculosis (TB) drugs is particularly challenging because the bacteria that cause the disease have impermeable cell walls that block antibiotics. These cell walls contain a unique set of compounds categorized as glycolipids. Research Team member Dr. Yasu Morita is investigating glycolipids in developing new treatments for tuberculosis.


Enhancing Asthma Care for Children: With funding from Health Care Service Corporation’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative, the American Lung Association has been able to bring our Enhancing Asthma Care for Children to 65 community health centers across four states. With one-on-one attention, our staff was able to provide extensive training for providers and other clinic staff on asthma diagnosis, medications, asthma management plans, ongoing asthma management and patient education. Equipment, patient education materials and technical assistance were also provided.  The work that was performed over that three-year project was published in the May 2018 edition of the Journal of Asthma. Upcoming publications of this peer-reviewed medical journal will also highlight a 50 percent reduction in asthma-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations, dramatically improving the health of patients but also showing a significant cost savings for families.

Back to School with Asthma: It may still be summer, but the start of the school year is just around the corner. Returning to school for a child with asthma can be challenging and stressful. The Lung Association is here to help! We have scores of tools and information for students and parents, including our Back-to-School Checklist to make sure you and your child are ready for a safe and healthy school year. And for anyone, young or old who wants to learn more about asthma, including teachers, check out Asthma Basics, our free one-hour interactive online learning module designed to help people learn more about asthma.


Help Science Guide EPA Health Policy: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering a rule that would “censor science” and force the agency to ignore health studies that show the impact of air pollution on public health. Under the misleading veil of "transparency," this proposed rule would allow EPA to throw out important studies that rely on confidential patient information. As a result, EPA would block its scientists from using the best available health research to set limits on air pollution. This proposal could permanently prevent EPA from setting air pollution standards that truly protect health. You can help us fight this harmful rule. EPA is collecting public comments through August 16.

  • Share this online petition pushing back on EPA’s “censoring science” rule. There is one option for everyone to sign, and one option specifically for health professionals to sign.
  • Learn more in this fact sheet online about the rule.


Updated Asthma Care Coverage Data: As part of our Asthma Care Coverage Initiative, we have released the Lung Association’s annual update of our data on state Medicaid coverage for patients with asthma. You can use our updated database and maps to see how well the Medicaid program in your state covers asthma medications and treatments and find additional resources about improving access to comprehensive and consistent coverage for patients with asthma.


Deceptive JUUL Now the Most Popular E-Cigarette: A new and deceptivley designed e-cigarette, called JUUL is now the most popular e-cigarette on the market—especailly among young people. They look like harmeless flash drives, but are actually potent nicotine delivery devices that could addict a new generation to nicotine, and even be a gateway to cigarette smoking. Learn why this JUUL is no gem.

EACH Breath Blog

Breathing might seem like a simple thing, but in our latest blog, “Five Ways You Might Be Breathing Wrong,” Mark Courtney, a respiratory therapist with our Lung HelpLine, gives some tips on how to get the most out of your lungs.

L to R: John F. Emanuel, JD (American Lung Association Board of Directors chair), Arthur A. Cerullo (winner of volunteer top award Will Ross Medal) and Harold P. Wimmer (Lung Association National President and CEO)

L to R: John F. Emanuel, JD (American Lung Association Board of Directors chair), Arthur A. Cerullo (winner of volunteer top award Will Ross Medal) and Harold P. Wimmer (Lung Association National President and CEO)

Recognizing Excellence! The work of the American Lung Association would not be possible without a dedicated corps of volunteers and staff. In June, we recognized excellence among our volunteers and staff at a ceremony in Chicago, including the Will Ross Medal, our highest volunteer award, which went to Arthur A. Cerullo. We also presented the C. Everett Koop Unsung Heroes Award. This award is presented in conjunction with the C. Everett Koop foundation to an advocate for tobacco control who has made significant, but frequently unrecognized contributions to reduce the burden of tobacco use. We want to thank all our dedicated volunteers, staff and generous supporters for making our lifesaving mission possible. All we do is because of you!

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