Message from the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic President and Chief Executive Officer Deborah P. Brown
Through your generous support, the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic has made great strides in the fight for healthy lungs over the past year.
- Involved more than 25,000 young people in our youth tobacco control movement;
- helped 5,149 people quit using tobacco or attempt to quit;
- worked with 69 Better Breathers Clubs in six states, and
- supported 10 researchers in the Mid-Atlantic region.
On April 5, 2017, LUNG FORCE Heroes from the Mid-Atlantic Region joined more than 100 other Heroes from all 50 states at Capitol Hill to advocate for more lung cancer treatment options and better early detection methods through sustained and robust investments in lung cancer research at the National Institutes of Health. They also shared why quality, affordable healthcare matters for lung cancer survivors.
In New Jersey lawmakers passed Tobacco 21 legislation, increasing the minimum tobacco product purchase age to 21 and historic Wildwood Boardwalk became smokefree.
In Pennsylvania, more than 200 healthcare professionals joined to share their voices to protect our patients’ and communities’ health from dangerous air pollution and committed to addressing climate change to protect human health.
On May 16, 2017 Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order calling for state carbon regulations. That same week, I joined U.S. Senator Tom Carper, Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Shawn Garvin, and Dr. Albert Rizzo, Director of the Pulmonary Department at Christiana Care Hospital Systems, Chair of the American Lung Association in Delaware’s Board, and Mid-Atlantic Board Member at the MLK Boulevard Air Monitoring Station in Wilmington, Delaware to highlight the effectiveness of the Clean Air Act and the impact of air pollution on the health of Wilmington residents.
It is together—through education, advocacy and research—we can save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
Thank you for your support,
- Deb Brown
President and Chief Executive Officer, Mid-Atlantic Region
- Jake Peltzman
Regional Board Chair