The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. For more than 110 years, we have led the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, whether it’s searching for cures for lung diseases, preventing tobacco use, or fighting for laws that protect the air we breathe. Learn more about our teams’ priorities:
Our Development Team leads two major events - Fight For Air Climb coming up on Saturday, February 24, 2018 and the Oxygen Ball on Friday, May 11, 2018. The climb is one of the American Lung Association’s signature events with over 30,000 participants from 52 participating Climb events across the country. Last year we raised more than $8.3 million to support research, patient education and advocacy efforts. Join us and help fight lung disease!
Our Clean Air Team works to reduce air pollution.
- Cleaner Burning Alternative Fuels - working with fuel stations in Minnesota to add higher ethanol-blend fuel options for drivers.
- Electric Vehicles - coordinating educational opportunities and test-drives of electric vehicles.
- Biodisel Adoption - helping Minnesota expand the use of biodiesel as companies replace older diesel engines.
Our Lung Health Team is dedicated to improving the lives of those living with lung diseases and their caregivers.
- Clinic Systems Quality Improvement Project – teaching asthma clinics how to improve their internal systems resulting in better care for their patients.
- Camp SuperKids - a camp for kids with asthma that educates campers about their chronic disease and enjoy all the fun of a summer camp while in a medically-safe environment
- Better Breathers Clubs - welcoming support groups for patients and caregivers affected by chronic lung diseases including COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer.
- Professional Healthcare Trainings – including Asthma Educator Institute, COPD Educator Institute, Spirometry Trainings, medical lectures, webinar series, and more!
Our Tobacco Control Team leads advocacy efforts to prevent tobacco use and cessation to quit smoking.
- Smokefree Housing – working with multi-unit housing to adopt smokefree policies to prevent secondhand smoke exposure to residents. By July 30, 2018, all public housing agencies will have a comprehensive smokefree policy to implement.
- Tobacco 21 – local coalitions are teaming up to encourage municipalities, counties and our state to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21. Three cities have already adopted this legislation that aims to help prevent thousands of tobacco-related deaths through prevention.
- Smokefree Behavioral Health – working with 3 organizations, who serve people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders, to help implement tobacco-free grounds policies at their facilities. This will help reach more than 40,000 clients and 8,000 staff.
- Tobacco Cessation – training facilitators on our signature Freedom From Smoking program.
Join us to help create a world free of lung disease! If you would like to learn more about the American Lung Association, please visit our website at Lung.org or reach out to Greg Voss at Greg.Voss@Lung.org.