Respiratory Health Association

aka Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago   |   Chicago, IL   |  https://www.resphealth.org

Mission

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

Notes from the nonprofit

RHA has many successes in the areas of: *PROJECT STRENGTH FOR COPD *IMPROVING OUR ASTHMA PROGRAMS *A NEW APPROACH TO QUITTING *EDUCATIONAL WEBINAR SERIES *FUNDING ASTHMA EDUCAION *LUNG CANCER &COPD RESEARCH *SCHOOL-BASED ASTHMA POLICY STUDY * INVESTING IN CLEAN AIR, and *WOMEN'S LUNG HEALTH RESEARCH. Please visit our website "Building a Healthy Future". We’re building a future free of lung disease. A world without asthma, COPD, or lung cancer. A world with clean air, where everyone breathes easier. None of these successes would be possible without our donors, advocates, and event participants.

Ruling year info

1938

Principal Officer

Mr. Joel J. Africk

Main address

1440 W Washington Blvd

Chicago, IL 60607 USA

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Formerly known as

American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago

Chicago Lung Association

Chicago Tuberculosis Institute

EIN

36-2222687

NTEE code info

Lung (G45)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Patient Education

In our work with schools, childcare providers, community organizations and local businesses, RHA educates people about respiratory conditions, and provides smoking cessation counseling.

RHA’s evidence-based Fight Asthma Now (FAN) has been one of RHA’s flagship programs for more than a decade. The program provides school-based asthma management education at no cost to over 1,500 children annually. Our Asthma Management program for school staff and caregivers

educates 1,000 adults each year. Both are delivered to underserved low-socioeconomic communities, filling an important health education gap. RHA is currently evaluating different education methods if our existing asthma education programming continues to be disrupted by COVID-19.

RHA’s Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) program includes toolkits for patients and their caregivers helping them navigate their complex diagnosis, prevent re-hospitalizations, and improve caregiver mental and physical health. RHA also produces COPD newsletters to share important health updates with the community. In 2020, RHA has already sent three newsletters to an audience of 6,000 COPD patients, caregivers and providers providing important information about COVID-19 and COPD, due to the high risk for severe COVID-19 infection for this community. We also organize the largest patient-focused COPD conference in the country where approximately 300 patients and caregivers can connect with each other and healthcare providers and learn about new developments in the field.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Reduce smoking rates and reduce public exposure to secondhand smoke.
 
Our tobacco cessation programs have helped thousands of individuals who want to quit smoking and provided healthcare professionals with strategies to help their patients undertake this challenge more effectively. RHA annually trains approximately 100 community health leaders to deliver our smoking cessation program and provide brief tobacco intervention training for over 300 medical professionals to prepare them to effectively ask their patients about smoking behaviors and counsel them to stop smoking. Our programs utilize an evidence-based approach whose effectiveness has been documented through independent research and which have been selected by the Chicago Department of Public Health as the trusted provider to help Chicago become a smoke-free city.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Because lung disease research remains significantly underfunded relative to other diseases, RHA provides funding for promising lung health research projects and participates in patient-centered research projects designed to benefit people living with lung disease. At the local level, RHA funds research in its early stages to encourage thorough exploration of new and innovative ideas in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and lung cancer. RHA also frequently partners with local academic institutions in support of their lung health research efforts. Nationally, RHA has been a research partner of National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Learn More Breathe Better Program, American Thoracic Society and CHEST Foundation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

RHA advocates for lung‐friendly policies, statewide and nationally, supplementing our community‐based research and health programming efforts.

RHA has established a dedicated group of volunteer health professionals called Health Professionals for Healthy Lungs and works with volunteer advocates, many of whom have or live with someone who has a chronic lung disease, called Advocacy Champions. The volunteers in these groups actively work with RHA’s advocacy and community engagement team to conduct legislative visits around lung health initiatives and clean air efforts. RHA aims to have a volunteer advocate located in each Illinois legislative district, and each Chicago ward. These advocates have been instrumentally important when controversial policy, specifically tobacco control, has been presented at the state and local level.
With the help of these community volunteers, RHA has been influential in passing legislation that promotes smoke‐free environments and protects the right of children to carry life‐saving asthma inhalers at school.

RHA also supports system-wide efforts that have the power to impact the lives of millions. RHA is active in supporting clean air efforts because of the serious link between air pollution and respiratory and heart health. In the last ten years, we have successfully partnered with environmental groups to advocate for the closure of two dirty coal plants, Fisk and Crawford located in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago and the Edwards power plant in Peoria, Illinois (set to close by January 2023). Our actions in decreasing air pollution have decreased asthma attacks, heart attacks, and in some cases premature death.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Edward R. Loveland Memorial Award 2011

American College of Physicians

Affiliations & memberships

Publicity Club of Chicago - Golden Trumpet Award 2019

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

RHA aims to achieve healthy lungs and clean air for all in a manner that focuses fist on achieving healthy equity among Chicago's diverse populations. Prevent lung disease, promote clean air, and help people live better through education, research, and policy change.

The primary strategies we employ are:

(a) Education of people living with or at risk of lung disease and of those who care for them (including family, health care providers, teachers, etc.). We provide disease management education to students with asthma and their adult caregivers. We train community-based organizations and health care systems how to best help their clients stop smoking. We provide educational resources to people living with COPD and their informal caregivers, and we provide information to communities and policymakers about the lung health threats posed by air pollution.

(b) Advocacy and Policy development. We propose and advance policies and legislation that support an environment that supports healthy lungs and clean air. This includes school-based policies for addressing asthma, protecting communities against industrial developments that pollute the air, ensuring smoke-free environments and restricting access to e-cigarettes. We engage our volunteer advocate base to apply pressure to policymakers both in advancing new lung health policies and opposing proposed legislation that is harmful to the public’s health.

(c). Research. We conduct research and support the research of others to support advancements in lung health. For example, we are currently studying the impact of RHA’s COPD Caregiver’s Toolkit on caregiver quality of life. We also award annual research grants to examine different aspects of lung cancer, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and women’s lung health. We also partner with academic researchers, often engaging community partners to inform those efforts.

WE USE HEALTH EDUCATORS AND OTHER TRAINED STAFF/VOLUNTEERS TO EDUCATE
STUDENTS, PATIENTS, CAREGIVERS AND COMMUNITIES ABOUT HOW THEY CAN BEST
MANAGE THEIR CONDITIONS.

LIVING BETTER TOGETHER COPD CONFERENCE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF TOOLS TO SUPPORT HOSPITAL DISCHARGE AND CAREGIVING, AND RADON AWARENESS EFFORTS AMONG OTHERS. WE ALSO EDUCATE PEOPLE HOW TO AVOID CORONAVIRUS, PARTICULARLY THOSE AT RISK OF SEVERE COVID19 AND PREVENT YOUTH FROM USING TOBACCO PRODUCTS, INCLUDING ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES.

PROMOTE POLICIES THAT IMPROVE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR COLLABORATION WITH NUMEROUS COMMUNITY􀀫BASED PARTNERS, AS WELL AS THE CITY OF CHICAGO, LOCAL ILLINOIS PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.
RESPIRATORY HEALTH ASSOCIATION PROVIDES TRAINING ON ITS "COURAGE TO
QUIT(R)" SMOKING CESSATION CURRICULUM AND "COUNSEL TO QUIT(R)" TRAINING
TO HELP HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ASSIST THEIR PATIENTS IN QUITTING
AIR QUALITY, MITIGATE FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE, AND RAISE
AWARENESS ABOUT HOW AIR POLLUTION AFFECTS LUNG HEALTH.
WE SUPPORT EDUCATIONAL/AWARENESS ACTIVITIES TO LIMIT EMISSIONS FROM
DIESEL VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT, URGE MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS AND FREIGHT
BUSINESSES TO REQUIRE THE USE OF CLEANER DIESEL CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT,
AND OTHERWISE PROMOTE EFFORTS TO ENSURE CLEAN AIR. WE WORK TO: LIMIT
POLLUTION BY FOSSIL FUEL􀀫FIRED POWER PLANTS THROUGHOUT ILLINOIS; REDUCE
AIR POLLUTION FROM TRANSIT VEHICLES, INCLUDING DIESEL BUSES AND
LOCOMOTIVES, AND IMPLEMENT COMMUNITY􀀫BASED AWARENESS ACTIVITIES TO
INFORM LOCAL RESIDENTS ABOUT RISKS TO THEIR LUNG HEALTH.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve people affected by lung disease. This includes those at risk of lung disease (e.g., smokers, those living in high air pollution communities), those with lung disease (children living with asthma and adults living with COPD), and adult caregivers of people with lung disease (e.g., school staff, child care providers, respiratory health community, and parents and other adult family members in a caregiving role.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    RHA supports a 7-week smoking cessation program, with each week representing another step in the quitting process. We received feedback from our partner agencies that for some people who cannot make consecutive weekly meetings, this approach is not effective. In response, RHA is now working with the University of Chicago to revise the program into a “rolling group” approach, whereby each participant can move through the quitting process in order, but on their own timeline. Once complete, RHA will make this option available to all partners.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    By asking the people we serve for feedback it shows them that our organization is committed to improving our programs when needed to be as effective as possible. In turn, they feel empowered to provide us with feedback

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Respiratory Health Association

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Monique Howard

No Affiliation


Board co-chair

Mr. Daniel Lavin

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Thomas A. Hensing

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Diana Hackbarth

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Cathy Catrambone

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Steven L. Victor

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Eva Hernandez

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Douglas A. Graham

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Barry Levenstam

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David B. Yelin

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Anthony M. Marinelli

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Cynthia Gronkiewicz

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Janet Williams

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H. Ari Jaffe

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Thomas Pluss

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Christopher O'Hara

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Sonal Chandler

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Brandon Ham

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Douglas Hogarth, MD

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Ravi Kalhan, MD, MS

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Adam Kamp

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Jerry Krishnan, MD. PHD

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Fabio Lievano, MD

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Anthony Marinelli, MD

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Richard Negrin

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Joanne Nemerovski

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Jeff Phillips

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Jason Pyrz, Esq.

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Paul Ramey

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Jennifer Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS

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Abel Sanchez

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Kathleen Solovy

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Hariharan Subramanian

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data