Our Mission

Respiratory Health Association has been a local public health leader since 1906. At that time, tuberculosis was a prominent health threat in our community. As health practices and treatments, medicines, and environmental factors have evolved, so has RHA. Today we address asthma, COPD, lung cancer, tobacco control and air quality with a comprehensive approach. Find our people and review our milestones to learn more.

Respiratory Health Association is deeply grateful for the generosity of people, businesses and foundations across Chicagoland and beyond that support our work. Charitable gifts enable us to deliver a sustainable plan for local education, research, and policy change efforts to promote healthy lungs and clean air. Together with our supporters, RHA is addressing challenging issues today as we prepare to face new obstacles in the future. For more information about making a gift to RHA, visit our Donate page.

As an association, individuals who make a contribution to RHA of $25 or more are considered members for the calendar year in which the donation is made, or the following year if gifts are received in November or December. Members receive RHA’s monthly e-news and an invitation to attend our annual membership meeting.

Mission Statement

Respiratory Health Association’s mission is to prevent lung disease, promote clean air and help people live better through education, research, and policy change.

Vision Statement

Healthy lungs and clean air for all.

Guiding Principles


We practice evidence-based community health to achieve our mission.


We empower people living with respiratory disease and those who care about them.


We create strong working partnerships internally and externally.

Respiratory Health Association conducts many of its activities in concert with partners and coalitions at the local, state and national levels. This wide range of collaborations is fundamental to the success of our education, research and policy change initiatives.

RHA is a proud partner of the BREATHE AMERICA™ Alliance, a group of independent lung health organizations around the United States that collaborate on projects to advance lung health. For more information about the BREATHE AMERICA™ Alliance, please visit http://www.ggbreathe.org/breathe-america/.

Health Equity

We believe in a shared vision of health for all.


We drive practical and visionary solutions to improve community health.

Respiratory Health Association Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

RHA is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

RHA’s employees are the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and RHA’s achievement as well.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

RHA’s diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, professional development and training, promotions, transfers, social and recreational programs. The ongoing development of our work environment is built on the premise of diversity equity that encourages and enforces:

  • Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees.
  • Teamwork and employee participation, permitting the representation of all groups and employee perspectives.
  • Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate employees’ varying needs.
  • Employer and employee contributions to the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding and respect for diversity.

All employees of RHA have a responsibility to always treat others with dignity and respect. All employees are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work, at work functions on or off the work site, and at all other company-sponsored and participative events. All employees are also required to attend and complete annual diversity awareness training to enhance their knowledge to fulfill this responsibility, when scheduled.

Employees who believe they have been subjected to any kind of discrimination that conflicts with the RHA’s diversity policy and initiatives should seek assistance from a supervisor or an HR representative, file a complaint and/or follow RHA’s problem solving procedures outlined in the Employee Handbook.