Our mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy.
The American Lung Association is the nation's oldest public health organization, started as The National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis in 1904. Since then our focus has expanded to all lung disease (including lung cancer, asthma, and COPD), air quality, and tobacco control. The ALA in the Northeast serves CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, VT, and RI.
At the Lung Association, we fund innovative research that has the promise of impacting lung health to find cures through new and improved treatments that will benefit those living with lung disease. Our awards and grants program is unique in that it supports researchers at a critical juncture in their careers to help ensure that there will be an adequate supply of investigators dedicated to lung disease.
Our health education programs make a difference in people’s lives. We provide people with the skills they need to manage or treat lung disease. Our programs educate people about making positive behavior changes, from teaching children with asthma to recognize the symptoms of an asthma episode, to educating Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients about ways they can improve their daily lives.
The American Lung Association’s efforts include advocacy for tobacco control policies, aggressive efforts to clean up air pollution, support of research and public health programs, and work in coalitions with other organizations with similar goals. Policy change provides some of the fastest, most far-reaching, and highest impact interventions in the fight against lung disease.
At the American Lung Association we are very proud of our fiscal responsibility. Here in Western Massachusetts, 78 cents of every dollar donated supports our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Throughout our history, the American Lung Association has been a steadfast steward of public contributions. Without the help of our constituents, we would not be able to make the progress that we do in the fight for air. Donors can be assured that we appreciate each and every gift. Contributions are always used to support our mission.