United for Lung Health

United for Lung Health Advocacy


United for Lung Health Advocacy connects lung health advocates with the lawmakers who can enact change. Advocates come from across the country to share their perspectives, and the collective voices make a difference in the lives of people living with lung disease.

Plans for RHA's next United for Lung Health Advocacy Day have not yet begun. If you will be meeting a lawmaker or visiting DC and would like information about advocating for lung health, please contact Matt Maloney at 312-628-0233 or mmaloney@lungchicago.org.

Policy Goals

We continue to advocate for increases in lung health funding, protection of the resources dedicated to prevention programming and improved access to care. We focus on lung health initiatives including:
  • asthma management
  • tobacco prevention and cessation
  • clean air initiatives
  • funding for lung cancer screening, programming and research
  • tuberculosis control
  • proper treatment and care for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • research dollars dedicated to lung diseases including pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, COPD and asthma

We need input and suggestions for advocacy discussion and goals from all of our partners about policies impacting lung health, air quality and research.

Past successes

The stimulus program passed by congress included an $8 billion investment to the National Institutes for Health to fund the advancement of scientific research. By seeking new funding, we offer hope for improved treatment and more successful outcomes.

Tobacco control efforts have benefited from an increase in the tobacco tax as well as the passage of historic legislation that grants the FDA authority over tobacco products.

For more information, or to join RHA staff on legislative visits contact Matt Maloney:
Email Matt
(312) 628-0233