American Lung Association of the Southwest

aka NA   |   Oklahoma City, OK   |  http://www.breathehealthy.org
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Mission

The mission of American Lung Association of the Plains-Gulf Region is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Ruling year info

1935

Principal Officer

Jennifer Cofer

Main address

11212 North May Ave. Suite 405

Oklahoma City, OK 73120 USA

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Formerly known as

American Lung Association, Plains-Gulf Region

EIN

43-0662525

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Lung (G45)

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Our programs

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Open Airways for Schools

Approximately 100,000 children in Oklahoma have asthma. Open Airways For Schools exists to help these children. Open Airways for Schools is a program that educates and empowers children through a fun and interactive approach to asthma self-management. The program teaches children with asthma ages 8-11 how to detect the warning signs of asthma, avoid their triggers and make decisions about their health. The program has been shown to reduce the number of children's asthma episodes, improve their school attendance and grades, and help them feel confident about managing their asthma.

Population(s) Served

To help adult smokers quit, the American Lung Association offers Freedom From Smoking®. The program teaches the skills and techniques that have been proven to help smokers quit. Freedom From Smoking® is available as a group clinic, an online program and a self-help book. You can also speak to a cessation counselor at the Lung HelpLine. Freedom From Smoking® is based on the proven addiction and behavior change models. The program offers a structured, systematic approach to quitting. It has a positive focus, with an emphasis on the benefits of better health. Because no single cessation technique is effective for all smokers, the program includes a comprehensive variety of evidence-based cessation techniques.

Population(s) Served

Breathe Smart from the Start is an interactive presentation designed to educate pregnant women, parents, and their support persons about the benefits of being smoke-free during and after pregnancy to protect the health of their unborn babies and children. It also teaches participants the skills to create smoke-free environments around them by asking others not to smoke, and provides them with tobacco cessation resources that they or their loved ones can access. Thus, the purpose is not only to educate, but to link the participants to services they can immediately begin accessing to begin healthier lives.

Population(s) Served

Asthma 101 is an educational presentation for adults that focuses on school and daycare personnel as a critical link in the effort to maintain a network of support for asthmatic children that can proactively reduce or prevent asthma crises and minimize areas of liability. The program teaches about triggers, asthma management, and action steps for addressing an emergency.Goals include: Prepare personnel to support individuals with asthma; Improve confidence of staff to deal with and prevent asthma-related incidents.

Population(s) Served

Better Breathers Club is a support group for lung disease patients and their care givers. Better Breathers Clubs (BBCs) offer the opportunity to learn ways to better cope with lung disease, such as COPD, while getting the support of others who share similar struggles. These support groups give participants the tools needed to live the best quality of life possible. BBCs meet regularly and feature educational presentations on a wide range of relevant topics, including: How COPD affects the lungsBreathing techniquesExerciseTalking with your physicianMedications and other treatment optionsMedical testsSupplemental oxygenHome health careLung transplantsAir pollution

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Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2012

Goals & Strategy

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Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1--Eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases
2--Improve the air we breathe so it will not cause or worsen lung disease
3--Reduce the burden of lung disease on patients and their families
4--Be recognized as the premier organization improving lung health

Within the nine state area, the American Lung Association of the Plains-Gulf Region seeks to:
--Advocate for comprehensive smokefree laws
--Increase comprehensive smokefree ordinances
--Increase the number of people living in smokefree multi-unit housing
--Provide smoking cessation for adults and teens
--Work towards clean air standards that protect health
--Increase the number of state that ensure comprehensive services are provided to students with poorly controlled asthma in secondary schools
--Promote use of CT screening for lung cancer
--Provide education and resources to patients with lung cancer, asthma and COPD along with their caregivers

The agency has over 70 staff in eighteen cities throughout the region, utilizing a $10 million expense budget to work towards the stated goals.

The goals and strategies for the agency are those that are achieved over a long period of time. Progress towards them are measured on an annual basis.

Financials

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American Lung Association of the Southwest

Board of directors
as of 09/17/2015
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robin Robinson

Sanderson Farms

Term: 2013 - 2014

Brad Baker

Husky

Lewis Brown

Southwest Asthma and Allergy

James Gleason

Retired

Lynn Hoover

Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP

Brian Lewis

Oil Capital Electric

Nereida Parada

Tulane University Health Sciences

Robin Robinson

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Tom Silva

Glaxo Smith Kline

Yvonne Sterling

LSU School of Nursing

Alonzo LaQue

Monica Stinson

Rebecca Wooters

Connie Befort

Tobacco Settlement Edowment Trust

Joe Ochipinti

United HealthCare

Florence Smith

Retired

Todd Tournillon

Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC