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  • Hike for Lung Health - September 16, 2018

    IT’S A WALK IN THE PARK

    Hike for Lung Health is a charity walk held in Chicago’s Lincoln Park that raises awareness and funds for lung disease. Hundreds of participants attend the charity walk, and their efforts help the 1 million Chicagoland residents affected by asthma, COPD, lung cancer and other lung diseases.

  • CHILL: An International Wine & Culinary Event - November 8, 2018

    CHILL TICKETS ON SALE

    CHILL combines more than 150 world-renowned wines with gourmet culinary selections prepared by 50 of Chicago’s top chefs, all served in LuxeHome’s 30 kitchen and bath boutiques at the Merchandise Mart. Select ‘Respiratory Health Association’ as your preferred charity beneficiary!

  • Advancing COPD Outreach and Education

    RHA Receives Funding

    RHA will disseminate approximately 300 copies of the COPD Caregiver’s Toolkit through health care providers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, thanks to a recently awarded subcontract from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s COPD Learn More Breathe Better® program.

  • Living Better Together COPD Conference - November 15, 2018

    COPD Conference Registration

    Now Open

    This one-day learning event brings together individuals living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), their caregivers, and health care providers. Educational sessions provide health information and strategies that empower people living with COPD to more effectively manage their disease.

  • Persisting Racial Disparities Among Chicago Children with Asthma

    Special Report

    One of the more vexing public health issues facing Chicago is the existence of significant racial/ethnic disparities in asthma. Chicago has been identified as an epicenter for asthma, with higher prevalence in minority communities on the city’s west and south sides. Data revealed that between 2009 and 2015 the number of annual asthma-related ED visits among Chicago children declined, however, the racial and ethnic disparities in rates of visits showed only modest decreases. 

  • Issue Brief

    Clean, Renewable Energy is Good for Lung Health

    Increased use of clean, renewable energy, such as wind and solar-generated power, when combined with increased energy efficiency, can improve health both by reducing emissions that harm health directly and that increase global warming. Respiratory Health Association’s new issue brief examines why clean, renewable energy is not just an environmental issue, but a public health priority.

  • Training Now Available Online

    Asthma Management

    for School Staff

    An online, one-hour training that teaches you how to respond during a child’s asthma emergency at school

HEALTHY LUNGS AND CLEAN AIR FOR ALL

GOVERNOR SIGNS
"STOCK ALBUTEROL" BILL
A SAFER ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA

Stock Asthma Rescue Medication in Schools (SB 3015) was passed by the Illinois Legislature this spring and signed into law by Governor Rauner on August 3. Illinois now joins ten other states in adopting similar policies regarding stock asthma medication.

GOVERNOR RAUNER VETOES
TOBACCO 21
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018

We are incredibly disappointed in Governor Rauner’s decision to veto Tobacco 21 after it passed the Illinois General Assembly, which would have substantially reduced youth smoking and saved the state hundreds of millions of dollars in future health care costs.

LUNG POWER TEAM
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Her Mother's Memory Pushes Melanie to the Finish

Melanie Santarelli ran the Chicago marathon when she was 10 weeks pregnant. The accomplishment speaks to a toughness that Melanie learned from her own mother, Theresa, whose battle with cancer spurred Melanie to begin running. 

RESPIRATORY HEALTH ASSOCIATION'S MISSION IS TO PREVENT LUNG DISEASE, PROMOTE CLEAN AIR AND HELP PEOPLE LIVE BETTER THROUGH EDUCATION, RESEARCH, AND POLICY CHANGE.