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February 13, 2019

RHA Statement on E-Cigarettes & Vaping Products

Respiratory Health Association Statement on Electronic Cigarettes & Vaping Products As conventional cigarette use in the United States has declined, electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use rates have continued to climb, particularly among youth. Vaping devices, such as the widely popularized Juul, have become a mainstay in places of education, with 42.2 percent of U.S. high school […]
February 13, 2019

Jewelry Television Partners with RHA to Support Women’s Lung Health

When you live with lung disease, not only is your breathing affected, but your peace of mind as well. Lung disease is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Women, in particular, are at a greater risk of developing lung disease than men. Nearly 21 million U.S. women live with lung diseases […]
February 12, 2019

Kevin Is Climbing Against Cancer

Kevin Byrne was at work when his phone rang. As he looked down, he saw his parents’ number flash on the screen. He quickly shut the door to his office before answering. The tone in their voices immediately confirmed his worst fears: his mother’s biopsy showed that she had lung cancer. “My family tends to […]
January 18, 2019

RHA Receives $50,000 Grant to Improve COPD Discharge Practices

Approximately 1 in 5 patients hospitalized for COPD exacerbations in the United States are readmitted within 30 days. In 2015, sixty three percent of Illinois hospitals (and sixty nine percent of Chicago hospitals) reported excess readmissions for COPD. Among the factors contributing to high readmission rates within the COPD patient community are poor clinician-patient communications […]
January 18, 2019

RHA Recognized as Outstanding Community Partner

Maintaining public health is a community responsibility. Without strong community partnerships, Respiratory Health Association (RHA) couldn’t make progress toward its goal of building a future free of lung disease. On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Metropolitan Family Services of Southeast Chicago honored RHA at their 2018 Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon. RHA received MFS Southeast Chicago’s […]
December 11, 2018

RHA Partners with Third Graders to Reduce Tobacco Use

You’re never too young to be an advocate. On Tuesday, December 4, RHA’s Tobacco team visited Ms. Walmsley’s 3rd grade class at the Village Leadership Academy (VLA), a Chicago elementary school with a progressive curriculum model. VLA is unique because it incorporates social justice into the curriculum. Every grade level chooses a Grassroots Campaign, or […]
December 11, 2018

Pursuing Cures with RHA

Lung disease may be the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, but it receives hundreds of millions of dollars less in research funding compared to other leading causes of death. Respiratory Health Association (RHA) is committed to closing this gap and supporting research to explore new and innovative treatments. For many of […]
December 11, 2018

There’s Something for Everyone at Hustle Chicago 2019

Whether you are a fitness buff, a philanthropic soul, or would do anything your friends tag you in on Facebook—there’s something for everyone at Hustle Chicago 2019. In its 22nd year, Hustle Chicago continues to attract thousands of participants each February with different motivations for climbing to the top of the iconic building at 875 […]
December 11, 2018

2018 Successes–We’re Grateful For Your Support

2018 has been a big year for social change, and some of that change is happening right in our own back yard, thanks to your generous support. This year, Respiratory Health Association has reached great heights in our lung disease research, education, and policy change efforts. We’re grateful that we get to work with community […]
November 20, 2018

15th Annual Living Better Together COPD Conference Hosts 350 Guests

At Respiratory Health Association we work to empower people living with lung disease by teaching them skills to manage their health. With proper care, many people with chronic respiratory disease can live full and active lives. One way we reach people is through our annual Living Better Together COPD Conference. Nearly 16 million Americans have […]
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