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The American Lung Association in the District of Columbia Partners with Artemis Medical Society to Offer Asthma Basics Education; Helping More Kids Manage Asthma

(March 7, 2018) - Washington, D.C.

The American Lung Association is proud to collaborate with The Artemis Medical Society on a pediatric asthma education initiative serving the most vulnerable children and their families throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Artemis is widely known for its work with Disney’s Doc McStuffins to create the We Are Doc McStuffins Campaign.

“The District of Columbia has one of the highest rates of asthma in the country and has the second highest asthma rate in the country for children,” said Deborah P. Brown, Chief Mission Officer, American Lung Association. “The Lung Association is very excited to partner with the Artemis Medical Society to be able to help even more children and their families, because no one should have to fight for air daily.”

The partnership will allow the Lung Association to lead Healthy Lungs for Kids events throughout the spring and summer of 2018, in which Lung Association staff and Artemis physicians will educate attendees on the American Lung Association’s Asthma Basics program, and invite families to take part in a home asthma assessment educational session using the Lung Association’s free Lung HelpLine: 1-800-LUNG-USA. Home assessments are critical to reducing and even eliminating asthma triggers such as secondhand smoke, cockroaches, mice, and mold.

 “Artemis Medical Society is very excited to partner with the American Lung Association to engage families in education discussions about asthma.  Communities of color and underserved areas face higher exposure rates to air pollution than other communities.  We know this exposure is linked to higher rates of asthma, cardiovascular disease, cancer and lung disease.  We believe this partnership allows us to work together to engage all communities about crucial lung health issues such as asthma and the need for clean air for all,” said Dr. Deonza Thymes, Vice President, Artemis Medical Society.

The American Lung Association's Asthma Basics course is a free one-hour interactive online learning module designed to help people learn more about asthma. This course is ideal for frontline healthcare professionals, such as school nurses or community health workers, as well as individuals with asthma, parents of children with asthma, and co-workers, friends and family who want to learn more about asthma. Asthma Basics is available in English and Spanish.

Media interested in more information or an interview, please call the American Lung Association in the District of Columbia Communications Director Ewa Dworakowski at 717-971-1123 or 717-503-3903 (cell) or email [email protected] .




About the American Lung Association in the District of Columbia

The American Lung Association in the District of Columbia is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association in the District of Columbia is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association in the District of Columbia, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:


American Lung Association in the District of Columbia

1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 1425 North • Washington, DC 20004




About Artemis Medical Society

Artemis Medical Society helps promote an environment in medicine where women of color from around the world can come together to support and learn from each other across all medical specialties. Since its formation, the organization has worked diligently to create a supportive environment by fostering a strong sense of community among its membership. Artemis Medical Society believes women physicians of color are a vital part of an effective physician workforce that is responsive to and aims to deliver quality health care to increasingly diverse communities. Through mentoring, networking, and advocacy, the organization is providing the foundation necessary to create a diverse physician workforce vital to a rapidly changing society. For more information, visit

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