Respiratory Health Association

Respiratory Health Association is an independent not-for-profit lung health organization that has been serving Chicagoland since 1906. Our mission is to promote healthy lungs and fight lung disease through research, advocacy and education. Through community-based interventions, Respiratory Health Association serves local residents living with asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other lung diseases.

Our community lung health programs include:

  • We provide asthma education programs to teach children, parents, caretakers and teachers to understand and manage their asthma, with the goal of reducing asthma emergencies. Each year, we educate more than 1,000 children living with asthma and more than 2,100 adult caregivers.
  • We provide tobacco cessation support through Courage to Quit®, a comprehensive group or individual tobacco treatment program for adults. Program leaders provide information, practice skills, and support to help people reach their smoke-free goals.
    Johnny Knox visiting Doolittle elementaryAs part of the Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project, Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox visited Doolittle elementary to encourage kids to live tobacco-free.
  • We convene the Illinois COPD Coalition, a group of more than 100 health leaders and stakeholders. Together, we created The State Plan for Addressing COPD, a comprehensive plan to reduce the incidence of COPD and COPD-related mortality, as well as to improve the quality of life for people living with COPD.
    Living Better Together COPD educational conferenceOur Living Better Together COPD educational conference in November brings education and awareness to hundreds of people living with the disease and their caretakers.
  • We support local research on lung cancer and other lung diseases to improve understanding of the causes of lung disease and to improve early detection and treatment.
  • We promote policies that protect the air we breathe and improves the lives of people affected by lung disease. We advocate for increased tobacco prevention activities, cleaner vehicles and power sources, critical medical research and improved access to quality care.

Proceeds from Chill help support:

  • Programs like Fight Asthma Now© and Asthma Management, which teach children and their caregivers how to manage asthma in a comprehensive way
  • Local research projects on lung cancer, asthma and other lung diseases at institutions such as Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Our COPD Initiative which reaches thousands of Illinois residents annually living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
State Lung Health Education DayAs part of our State Lung Health Education Day in April 2011, more than 50 volunteers traveled to Springfield, Ill. to advocate for lung-friendly policies.

Respiratory Health Association Co-Chairs

Joel and Julie Africk
Paul and Joan Rubschlager
Diane and George Zelcs, Korein Tillery LLC

Diamond Benefactors

Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Gerry Gedroic Lichterman

Platinum Benefactors

Grant Thornton LLP
Ravi Kalhan and Susan Tsai
Joanne Nemerovski, JoanneSellsChicago
Nicor Gas
Sidley Austin LLP

Gold Benefactors

Drs. Bapu and Vijaya Arekapudi
Geoff Bryce – Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC
Michael B. Foggs, M.D. and Adrienne Burford-Foggs, M.D.
Jen and Mark Gershon, Polsinelli PC
D. Kyle Hogarth and Krista Hogarth
Daniel and Julie Lavin
Susan and Tom Pluss
Craige Stout with Stout
William and Mary Kay Van de Graaff

Host Committee

Mike and Lisa Africk, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Assured Partners of IL/AmTrust North America
Scott Budinger, MD
Faith Bugel and David Rickard
Chris Byrne
David Carno
Charles Darwall and Tora Stoneman
Dana Friedman-Graham and Doug Graham
Caitlin Galley
Drew and Erin Gibbons
Cindy Gronkiewicz and Dr. Mark Tomera
Diana Hackbarth and David Price
Brandon Ham
Daniel S. Hefter
Tom and Eileen Hensing
Adrienne Hiegel and Deborah Nelson
Daniel Hunt
Andy and Karen Jacobs
H. Ari and Gitie S. Jaffe
Kelsey and Adam Kamp
Dr. Jerry A. Krishnan and The Breathe Chicago Center©
Barry Levenstam and Betsy Landes
Nolan Libunao
Tarneka Manning
Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Marinelli
Ronald L. Marmer
Emilyann Mead
Rachel Nemerovski
Christopher Nolan
Pfizer, Inc.
Denis B. Pierce
Larry D. Richman, CIBC
John Ruskusky, Nixon Peabody LLP
Erica Salem and Patrick Lenihan
Trace and Christen Schmeltz
Gina M. Schwieger
Kathleen Hart Solovy
Jan Starr and Billy Siegel
Suburban Lung Associates
David and Andrea Yelin