The American Lung Association of the Northeast is the leading organization in the region working to save lives by improving lung health. As America’s oldest voluntary health organization, founded in 1904, the non-profit started out dedicated to combating tuberculosis. As TB was brought under control, the focus expanded to all lung diseases, including asthma, tobacco control and environmental health issues.
The American Lung Association of the Northeast serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
It has many programs and strategies for fighting lung disease. Among these are:
Asthma: Open Airways for Schools is the elementary-school education program for children with asthma. Open Airways teaches children with asthma to understand and manage their illness so they can lead more normal lives. A key part of the program is developing asthma-care partnerships that involve school nurses and educational staff as well as physicians, families and ALA volunteers.
Lung Disease Support: The ALA offers Better Breathers Clubs across the Northeast. These free support groups meet regularly to give participants tips and techniques to manage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and other chronic lung disorders.
Lung HelpLine and Tobacco Quitline: The ALA operates a Lung HelpLine and Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586- 4872) TTY for the hearing impaired 1-800-501-1068. Callers can receive smoking cessation counseling and one-on-one support from experts; this free service is available as often as needed.
MyLungCancerSupport.com: This program assists patients who have been newly diagnosed with lung cancer. The microsite includes an interactive library, a variety of educational materials, resources that explain the various treatment options for lung cancer, guidance on where to find support and information about clinical trials.
Tobacco Cessation: The ALA is dedicated to reducing the burden of tobacco use and offers programs to help adult smokers quit. Freedom from Smoking is considered the “gold standard” of smoking cessation programs that take place in a group setting (ffsonline.org).
Smoking and Health Action Coalition of Monroe County: Smoking and Health Action Coalition is an Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities contractor of the New York State Tobacco Control Program; it is a grant funded by the state Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control. SHAC is working to provide help to smokers who want to quit, prevent youth from picking up their first cigarette and strengthen tobacco-free policies. It recently expanded to include a Reality Check youth action component, which focuses on reducing youth exposure to harmful tobacco marketing in stores (smokefreemonroe.com).
Jeff Seyler is the president and CEO; there are 90 employees total at offices throughout the Northeast, and 13 of them are in Rochester at the local headquarters at 1595 Elmwood Ave. The website is lungne.org.
Financial record Year ended June 30, 2014
Fundraising, grants and gifts $12,810,974 68
Program services 5,126,269 27
Investment income 690,926 4
Sales of assets 255,901 1
Total revenue $18,884,070 100
Salaries and benefits $6,114,724 33
Assessment to national 2,987,876 16
Direct mail 2,326,425 13
Research 1,693,539 9
Program services 1,654,336 9
Occupancy 1,049,203 6
Advertising promotion 884,523 5
Office expenses 449,257 3
Professional services 390,910 2
Other 779,265 4
Total expenses $18,330,058 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses $554,012
Board of Directors
Kent Booraem, chairman
Jonathon Rosen, chairman-elect
Jeff Stein, treasurer
Lynda Hullstrung, vice treasurer
Adrienne Weiss-Harrison M.D., secretary
Hadi Jabbar M.D.
Neil Schachter M.D.
—Researched by Lisa Granite
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