The American Lung Association Of The Mountain Pacific

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The American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific (ALA) serves Alaska, Hawai’i, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming (ALA, 2016). The programming in each state varies due to the needs of the community. Despite these differences, the Mountain Pacific states support one another by assessing the overall progress and impact of the Mountain Pacific region to fulfill their mission of saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease (ALA, 2016).
Community engagement is an important component of The ALA’s programming. On the individual level, Lung Force heroes allows community members to share their experience with lung disease to inspire, encourage, and empower others to raise awareness for healthier lungs and advocate for clean air (Lung Force, 2016). On the organizational level, partnerships with companies, such as Oceanit and the Blue Planet Foundation, allow the ALA to collaborate with other organizations to facilitate one another’s mission and create a supportive network (ALA, 2016).
Another form of community engagement is the ALA’s outreach to low-income communities. These communities often lack access to services; therefore, the ALA provides free services, such as the Lung Helpline and Tobacco Quit-line, for patients to discuss any questions about lung health to registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and certified tobacco treatment specialists (ALA, 2016). The ALA also utilizes community calendars to advertise their upcoming…
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