Health—General & Rehabilitative

American Lung Association of the Southwest

  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • http://www.breathehealthy.org

Mission Statement

The mission of American Lung Association of the Plains-Gulf Region is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Main Programs

  1. Open Airways for Schools
  2. Freedom From Smoking- Tobacco Cessation
  3. Breathe Smart from the Start
  4. Asthma 101
  5. Better Breathers Club

ruling year

1935

chief executive for fy 2013

Jennifer Cofer

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Keywords

Asthma, Smoking Cessation, Lung Cancer, COPD, Environmental Health, Tobacco Control, Public Policy, Lung Disease

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EIN

43-0662525

Also Known As

NA

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health Support Services (E60)

Lung (G45)

Lung (B45)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Accomplishments:Educated patients, families and caregivers about lung health and management of lung disease. Provided life-saving research for cures for lung diseases, such as lung cancer, COPD and asthma. Advocated for federal, state and local policies that positively affect lung health.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Open Airways for Schools

Approximately 100,000 children in Oklahoma have asthma. Open Airways For Schools exists to help these children. Open Airways for Schools is a program that educates and empowers children through a fun and interactive approach to asthma self-management. The program teaches children with asthma ages 8-11 how to detect the warning signs of asthma, avoid their triggers and make decisions about their health. The program has been shown to reduce the number of children's asthma episodes, improve their school attendance and grades, and help them feel confident about managing their asthma.

Category

Health Care, General/Other

Budget

Population Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Other Named Groups

Program 2

Freedom From Smoking- Tobacco Cessation

To help adult smokers quit, the American Lung Association offers Freedom From Smoking®. The program teaches the skills and techniques that have been proven to help smokers quit. Freedom From Smoking® is available as a group clinic, an online program and a self-help book. You can also speak to a cessation counselor at the Lung HelpLine. Freedom From Smoking® is based on the proven addiction and behavior change models. The program offers a structured, systematic approach to quitting. It has a positive focus, with an emphasis on the benefits of better health. Because no single cessation technique is effective for all smokers, the program includes a comprehensive variety of evidence-based cessation techniques.

Category

Health Care, General/Other

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Population Served

Adults

Program 3

Breathe Smart from the Start

Breathe Smart from the Start is an interactive presentation designed to educate pregnant women, parents, and their support persons about the benefits of being smoke-free during and after pregnancy to protect the health of their unborn babies and children. It also teaches participants the skills to create smoke-free environments around them by asking others not to smoke, and provides them with tobacco cessation resources that they or their loved ones can access. Thus, the purpose is not only to educate, but to link the participants to services they can immediately begin accessing to begin healthier lives.

Category

Health Care, General/Other

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Population Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Program 4

Asthma 101

Asthma 101 is an educational presentation for adults that focuses on school and daycare personnel as a critical link in the effort to maintain a network of support for asthmatic children that can proactively reduce or prevent asthma crises and minimize areas of liability. The program teaches about triggers, asthma management, and action steps for addressing an emergency.Goals include: Prepare personnel to support individuals with asthma; Improve confidence of staff to deal with and prevent asthma-related incidents.

Category

Health Care, General/Other

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Population Served

Adults

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Program 5

Better Breathers Club

Better Breathers Club is a support group for lung disease patients and their care givers. Better Breathers Clubs (BBCs) offer the opportunity to learn ways to better cope with lung disease, such as COPD, while getting the support of others who share similar struggles. These support groups give participants the tools needed to live the best quality of life possible. BBCs meet regularly and feature educational presentations on a wide range of relevant topics, including: How COPD affects the lungsBreathing techniquesExerciseTalking with your physicianMedications and other treatment optionsMedical testsSupplemental oxygenHome health careLung transplantsAir pollution

Category

Health Care, General/Other

Budget

Population Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Other Named Groups

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1--Eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases
    2--Improve the air we breathe so it will not cause or worsen lung disease
    3--Reduce the burden of lung disease on patients and their families
    4--Be recognized as the premier organization improving lung health
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Within the nine state area, the American Lung Association of the Plains-Gulf Region seeks to:
    --Advocate for comprehensive smokefree laws
    --Increase comprehensive smokefree ordinances
    --Increase the number of people living in smokefree multi-unit housing
    --Provide smoking cessation for adults and teens
    --Work towards clean air standards that protect health
    --Increase the number of state that ensure comprehensive services are provided to students with poorly controlled asthma in secondary schools
    --Promote use of CT screening for lung cancer
    --Provide education and resources to patients with lung cancer, asthma and COPD along with their caregivers
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The agency has over 70 staff in eighteen cities throughout the region, utilizing a $10 million expense budget to work towards the stated goals.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Tracking the numbers of educational classes and their participants each year is one indicator related to their respective goals. Additionally, the results of laws and ordinances passed in legislator is an indicator related to other stated goals.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The goals and strategies for the agency are those that are achieved over a long period of time. Progress towards them are measured on an annual basis.

Funding Needs

Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both men and women. Lung cancer kills more people than breast, ovarian and prostate cancers combined. Tobacco-related illness is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. More than 60% of Americans live in areas that have unhealthy levels of pollution that directly affect lung function. COPD is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. Asthma is the leading reason that children miss school--resulting in over 14 million missed school, and work, days per year.

Affiliations + Memberships

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AMERICAN LUNG ASSOC OF THE PLAINS-GULF REGION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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American Lung Association of the Southwest

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Jennifer Cofer

BIO

Jennifer Cofer has more than twelve years of experience working in public health and the nonprofit sector. In her eight year tenure at the American Lung Association, she has worked in a variety of roles in implementing American Lung Association programs, building asthma coalitions, public health education, fundraising, lobbying and executive administration. She has been employed with the American Lung Association since 2005. She maintains effective relationships with donors, government and community agencies as well as public and private organizations. She is also skilled at identifying and securing funding to sustain lung health program and advocacy initiatives.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Robin Robinson

Sanderson Farms

Term: July 2013 - June 2014

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