Ways to Get Involved

Sign-up As an E-advocate

As an e-advocate, we keep you up to date on the latest lung health policy developments and what you can do to help. Tell your your lung health story to lawmakers and make a difference for people affected by lung disease. Sign up below to get periodic updates from us about important policy issues, and with a few simple clicks, email your elected official to voice your opinion on the issues that matter.

Join the E-Advocacy Team

Our Current Lung Health and Clean Air Advocacy Efforts

We need your help! Tell your elected officials to take action on legislation that will benefit lung health throughout Illinois.

Help Illinois Breathe Easier by Supporting Clean Energy

Tell Illinois state legislators we need a clean energy plan enacted NOW. By passing the Clean Energy Jobs Act, we could all breathe cleaner, healthier air; vastly expand green energy jobs in Illinois; keep electricity bills low; and make progress in addressing human health threats from climate change. Click below to send your legislators a message that clean air is important to you and you want them to take action now.

Take action for clean air today!

Become an Advocacy Champion

Our Advocacy Champions are volunteer lung health advocates from all walks of life who have a personal connection to our mission and are willing to share their stories with lawmakers. They are also from all over the state – we are recruiting at least one Advocacy Champion in every legislative district in Illinois.

“I am proud to serve as an Advocacy Champion for Respiratory Health Association. It’s been empowering to share my story with my Senator and be a voice for the COPD Community.” – Bill K., Chicago

Do you have a desire to make a difference and the willingness to speak personally about the impact on you and your family of lung cancer, asthma, COPD, other lung diseases, tobacco control, air quality or other lung health concerns?

You don’t need to be expert on policy issues to be an Advocacy Champion. RHA alerts you when action is necessary, provides you with key talking points on the topic and asks you to contact your elected officials with these magical words: “I am a constituent and I want you to support…”

As an Advocacy Champion, you will receive real time policy updates, quarterly newsletters and an invitation each spring to travel to Springfield for our State Lung Health Education Day.

To learn more about becoming an Advocacy Champion, please contact Kelly Nichols, Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator at [email protected].

Health Professionals for Healthy Lungs

With increased threats to sound health care and clean air policies, your voice is needed now more than ever.

Health Professionals for Healthy Lungs (HPHL) is designed for health professionals across Illinois who share ourvision of healthy lungs and clean air for all and want to lend their voices in support.

“RHA respected my time and made it as easy as possible to participate in policy issues near and dear to me. I have recruited colleagues to also lend their voice to advocacy efforts that protect access to care for thousands of Illinoisans with lung disease.” – Cathy C., Elmwood Park, IL

Guided by health equity principles and committed to improving lung health in all communities, HPHL advocates for clean energy, healthy air, and policies that improve lung disease management and decrease exposure to tobacco products. To join the HPHL team, click here.

Legislative Visits

Your voice is needed. Our lawmakers gain a greater understanding of how their decisions impact lung health when they hear from the people and families from their communities.

You can have a positive and lasting impact that improves the lives of people living with COPD, asthma, lung cancer, and other lung conditions that can make breathing difficult! Learn more about ways you can work with your representatives at the local, state, and federal level.

Additional Resources

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