September 2012

Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago's e-newsletter is published monthly and contains news of our happenings, program updates and links to lung health resources. To receive our monthly e-newsletter, send an email to

September e-news: Protect Against Pertussis

This month's issue includes:


Protect yourself and loved ones against pertussis

Illinois currently has the fifth highest number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases in the country. Protect yourself and your loved ones by avoiding people who are sick and getting the Tdap vaccine, which is a booster shot that protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. The vaccine is recommended for everyone, and students entering sixth and ninth grade in Illinois are required to get the vaccine by October 15.

Learn more on our website.

Catch Your Breath conference spotlights COPD

Catch Your BreathTuesday night, more than 120 health care providers and other dedicated supporters of women's lung health attended our annual Catch Your Breath® conference in Oak Brook. Featured presentations explored key issues in COPD, including GOLD guidelines for care, lung cancer, pulmonary hypertension and overlap syndrome (apnea and COPD).

View photos on our website.

Become a Courage to Quit program leader

Courage to QuitWe welcome health educators, community health workers, social workers, and other health professionals to lead our successful Courage to Quit adult smoking cessation program.

Our next training is Friday, October 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at our office (1440 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago). Join us to learn how to lead group or one-on-one programs and help people quit smoking for good.

Learn more and register on our website.

Congratulations to our new senior director of programs

EileenJoin us in congratulating our new Senior Director of Programs: Eileen Lowery, RN, MSN, AE-C! Eileen has seven years of experience at Respiratory Health Association, and she most recently served as our director of lung health initiatives. Previously, she served as our coordinator of COPD and as a pulmonary practice manager and pulmonary nurse clinician at Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. In her new role, she oversees operations of our programs, outreach, professional services and research activities, and she serves as our liaison to the research community and other important stakeholder groups.

Get Involved: Hike for Lung Health

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On September 23, more than 40 teams of families, friends and coworkers will join together in Chicago's Lincoln Park to raise awareness and funds for lung disease research and programs. Join Respiratory Health Association's team or register your own group of family and friends, and plan to join us!

Hike for Lung Health includes a 1-mile or 3-mile walk around the park and a family fun fest. If you can't make the event, you can also register as a virtual walker and track your miles from home or pulmonary rehab -- and you still get a T-shirt!

Register now! Just $10 per person!