June 2013

Respiratory Health Association's e-newsletter is published monthly and contains news of our happenings, program updates and links to lung health resources. This month's issue includes:

June E-news: Environmental Action

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Senator Durbin thanks us for our clean air efforts

Senator DurbinIn April, Respiratory Health Association President and CEO Joel Africk joined Senator Dick Durbin at a press conference to discuss efforts to clean up air pollution inside Chicago's Union Station. Recently, Senator Durbin expressed his gratitude for our work. In a personal letter, he thanked Joel for attending the press conference and wrote "Chicago's Amtrak and Metra riders owe you a debt of gratitude for your work to rid Union Station of harmful pollutants." This victory proved that perseverance and good partnerships can improve air quality for everyone.

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Urbaszewski chosen as 'Clean Air Ambassador'

Brian Urbaszewski
Brian Urbaszewski, Credit: Matt Roth, Earthjustice

Director of Environmental Health Programs Brian Urbaszewski was invited to be a Clean Air Ambassador at Earthjustice's 50 States United for Healthy Air event in May. Brian joined representatives affiliated with several national organizations in Washington, D.C., to advocate for better air quality health standards, reduced air pollution and tighter emission limits for power plants. Brian met with the offices of five Illinois Congressmen and Senator Dick Durbin to urge them to defend the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to set pollution limits and make the air safer to breathe.

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Director of Health Policy speaks to tobacco control efforts

Stan Glantz
Eileen Lowery and Matt Maloney with Stan Glantz, center. 

Matt Maloney, Respiratory Health Association's health policy director, made a presentation at the Cook County Health Department's Change Institute on May 30. The Change Institute focused on ways to create and promote healthy eating, active living, tobacco cessation and tobacco-free environments. Matt's presentation, "Tobacco Cessation Track: Promoting Healthy Smoke-Free Living,"provided an overview of smoke-free multi-unit housing (apartments and condominiums). The event attracted many leaders in the public health community, including Dr. Stan Glantz, one of the nation's foremost smoke-free advocates.

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Respiratory Health Association earns top charity ranking

We recently received news that we were awarded a coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for a second consecutive time and that we meet the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability. These designations identify Respiratory Health Association as a good steward of charitable gifts with demonstrated fiscal responsibility. 

Get Involved: Skyline Plunge! Chicago and CowaLUNGa

Skyline Plunge! Chicago
Skyline Plunge! Chicago

If you want to see Chicago from a whole new perspective, sign up for Skyline Plunge! Chicago on September 8. Participants rappel 27 stories of theWit Hotel to raise funds for our lung disease research and programs. If you'd rather keep your feet on the ground, ride with us during our CowaLUNGa Bike Tour on August 3, 4 and 5. This ride through Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin offers an 18-mile, one, two or three day ride option.

Find out more on our events page