Mission Moment May– 2020
COVID-19 Resources: We are here for you during the COVID-19 pandemic, with trusted information and resources to help us all get through this crisis together. Be sure to visit our website: Lung.org/covid19 for all the latest, including: important information on how to protect yourself and manage your lung disease in the COVID-19 environment health education and webinars, access to one-on-one support and more. One of our newest tools is Getting Used to Wearing a Mask that you can download and share with family and friends. Be sure to follow our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram social channels for the latest and share these timely resources to your network.
Advocacy for COVID-19 Health Provisions: The Lung Association continues to advocate for policies that will help communities cope with COVID-19. Our advocacy staff continues to meet with members of Congress and work with other health partners on letters to lawmakers addressing health disparities associated with the pandemic. We’re also working with our partners to ask Congress and the Administration for additional demographic data on COVID-19 patients, in light of the fact that minority populations are experiencing higher rates of COVID-19. Finally, we’ve also joined our health partners in supporting the Worker Health Coverage Protection Act which would provide subsidies to furloughed or terminated employees for the full cost of premiums for employer sponsored healthcare plans.
Help the Lung Association through Virtual Events: No matter where you are, every step counts!
Because of COVID-19, we’re being safe by staying home, but that doesn’t mean we’re slowing down. If anything, your participation in a Lung Association event is urgent and more important than ever. Check out our list of events that have gone virtual.
May is Asthma Awareness Month: Asthma makes breathing difficult for more than 24 million Americans, including about 5.5 million children. There's no cure, but it can be managed and treated so you can live a normal, healthy life. This Asthma Awareness Month, we are highlighting our information and resources that can help those with asthma breathe easier all year long!
- Lung.org/asthma is a great place to start, where you’ll find long-standing resources like our Asthma Basics online course, Asthma Control Assessment tool and more.
- Our new COVID-19 webpage has a growing array of content just for people with asthma, to help them stay healthy during this difficult time, including a blog that busts myths about asthma and COVID-19.
- On May 21, we’re hosting a webinar for asthma patients and caregivers titled “The Asthma Visit: How to Prepare, Advocate and Take Control.” Register here.
- Helpful new videos include Diagnosing Severe Asthma and Treatment Options for Severe Asthma.
Also, our Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) Network, the nation’s largest not-for-profit network of clinical centers dedicated to asthma and COPD research, is expanding to better serve the asthma and COPD communities. Learn more
LUNG FORCE Hero: Lidia V. was a very busy person - a single mom of two teens and an OB/GYN, working full time, when she was first diagnosed with non-small cell adenocarcinoma lung cancer. She joined LUNG FORCE for our remote LUNG FORCE Advocacy Day earlier this year, and helped raise awareness about lung cancer and more funds for research at the National Institutes of Health. Read her story.
Become a Citizen Scientist: In a collaborative effort to better address and track the COVID-19 pandemic, we have partnered with Northwestern University and University of California, San Francisco to engage adults in real-time data collection as part of the new COVID-19 Citizen Science study. Our collective data could help researchers gain insight into how the virus is spreading in hopes of reducing future infections. You, too, can contribute without leaving your couch! If you are 18 years of age or older, download the free app to enroll: Lung.org/citizen-science.
No Menthol Sunday: May 17 was No Menthol Sunday. We joined local and national partners in raising awareness of the tobacco industry targeting of African American communities with menthol advertising and offered help to those who want to quit. If you or someone you love would like to begin the quit journey, visit Lung.org/ffs or call 1-800-LUNG-USA for tobacco cessation programming to start you on your way to a new, tobacco-free life.
World No Tobacco Day: May 31 is World No Tobacco Day and the Lung Association will join local and national partners to empower teens to live tobacco-free Communities are encouraged to support implementation of our INDEPTH and NOT programs in their schools to address nicotine dependence among today’s youth, an important step in ending the youth vaping epidemic We’re also mobilizing youth through social media, to offer peer-to-peer support of leading tobacco-free lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram social channels to help share these timely resources to your network.
Speak Up for Healthy Air - Virtual Hearings on Particle Pollution Limits on May 20, 21 & 22: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking public comments on its proposal to maintain the current, inadequate limits on particle pollution. If you haven’t already, please urge EPA to strengthen the standards by signing our petition. EPA is also holding a virtual public hearing on May 20, 21 and 22. The Lung Association will give testimony advocating for stronger, more protective standards. You can participate too! Register here to share why healthier air is important to you.
Each Breath Blog
We have launched an exciting new series of blogs titled “From the Front Lines.” Each is a unique personal account from those serving on the very front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, including many of our volunteer medical spokespersons, such as Dr. David Hill and others. Follow them here.
Your support is more critical now than ever!
COVID-19 has alerted the entire world that When You Can’t Breathe, Nothing Else Matters®. Because of your support, we can conduct research to discover new ways to prevent, treat and even cure lung diseases like COVID-19. During this health crisis, your support is more important than ever – especially as we work to fund our COVID-19 Action Initiative. Your support can help us end COVID-19 and defend against future respiratory virus pandemics. Thank you for all you do to help during this most important time!
Blog last updated: May 15, 2020