Healthy Lungs Initiative

Launched in March 2008, Healthy Lungs Initiative is a multi-year program of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, in collaboration with Respiratory Health Association.

Through health education and counseling, Healthy Lungs Initiative strives to improve lung health among Cook County residents by increasing quit smoking rates and improving self-management skills for people with asthma or COPD. To that end, the trained staff of Lung Health Educators offers a range of services, including:
  • tobacco cessation counseling across the spectrum of tobacco use, including individual and group counseling, information on medications, quit plans and telephone follow-up support.
  • asthma and COPD education on medication usage, exposure and trigger reduction, and device training.

Program highlights

Since September 2008:
  • more than 18,186 asthma/COPD one-on-one educational sessions have been conducted. 
  • more than 85,246 tobacco interviews have been completed:
    – Of these, more than 35,255 cessation counseling sessions have been conducted with current smokers, and more than 5,912 counseling sessions have been provided for relapse prevention.
  • more than 2,000 smokers in Cook County have been provided nicotine replacement therapy through our partnership with the Illinois Tobacco Quitline.

Program Delivery Sites

Healthy Lungs Initiative services are delivered within the Cook County Health and Hospitals System and in various community health clinics throughout Chicago.

 Cook County Health and Hospitals Systems Sites
 Community Health Sites                                       
 Stroger Hospital Specialty Clinics The Women’s Treatment Center
 Fantus Health Center   
 The Salvation Army Correctional Service
 Provident Hospital Heartland Alliance
 Oak Forest Hospital Haymarket Center
 Austin Health Center 
 Englewood Health Center 
 Logan Square Health Center 
 Jorge Prieto Family Health Center 
 Vista Health Center

For more information on strategies and resources for quitting smoking or other issues related to tobacco use, view our Quit Smoking page. 

To learn more about Healthy Lungs Initiative, contact Megan DePumpo:
Email Megan