September 2015 Newsletter

Pulling up those sleeves for better health…

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One of our nurses on the Mobile Medical Unit sees a client

Seniors and those with compromising medical conditions such as Asthma or COPD can ill afford a bout with the flu. It’s more than just losing time from work – each year flu hospitalizes an estimated 200,000 people in the US, and more than 20,000 deaths are flu-related.

The Breathing Association’s HEAP medical clinics and our Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) make providing flu shots a top priority. By offering this simple precaution, we can protect the health of our most vulnerable citizens.  Be sure to get your flu shot too!


Boy Scout Troop #117 Rolled-Up their sleeves to help!

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Thank you Scout Troop #117!

Thank you BOY SCOUT TROOP #117 for sprucing up our landscaping to provide a visual gift of caring to our clients!  These fine young men rolled up their sleeves to pitch in and spruce up the garden beds at our Old Henderson Road office, planting mums, weeding walkways and raking leaves to create a warm welcome to clients and visitors. We deeply appreciate their help!

Want to pitch in? Email or call Sue Swyt at 614-457-4750 ext 111 to join the fun!


Outreach to one results in help for the entire family …

In our August e-newsletter you read about our Summer Asthma Outreach program – working with youth sports camps to identify children from low income areas of the community who have asthma, and offer helpful resources. In many cases, connecting to one child allowed us to help an entire family.

Juliana is a young athlete who participated in the Columbus Crew SC Foundation’s Heroes League Soccer Camp, and she has asthma. She and her mother, Wendy, met with Breathing Association’s Registered Nurse, Joey Reed, during the camp. Upon learning about the help The Breathing Association could provide, Wendy scheduled a follow-up home visit.

During the visit, Ms. Reed learned that Wendy and Juliana’s young brother also have asthma. Juliana’s grandmother, who lives in the home, has COPD as well. The chance to help one person suddenly became the chance to improve the lives of four.

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Juliana and her mom, Wendy

Ms. Reed evaluated the family home and yard for allergens and triggers. She reviewed medications and medication delivery mechanisms used by Juliana and her family, and Juliana was given medication spacers to improve her medication intake.

We were able to provide the family an air purifier, allergy pillow covers and a vacuum cleaner to reduce dust and allergen triggers. A referral to our Medical Home Emergency Assistance Program (HEAP) program helped Wendy refill the home’s air conditioner coolant so the family could prevent breathing problems caused by over-heating.

Thanks to the generous support donors like you, the success of our summer Asthma Outreach program extended far beyond the children involved – it helped us provide better breathing resources and assistance to entire families. 


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Maintain your Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification and save $100!

ttsEnroll in our upcoming Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification Course in October to retain your TTS certification!

By enrolling in at least 18 hours of the upcoming TTS Training Course, you can save $100 on renewal of your TTS certification.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Interested in getting your TTS certification to help others quit their tobacco habit? CLICK HERE to enroll in our upcoming training course!

August 2015 Newsletter

Smiles like this are what summers should be.  

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Aeronna’s smile says it all

And for Aerrona it was more than just winning a cute stuffed animal. It was the air conditioner her mom was loading into their car after signing up for energy assistance at the Summer Crisis Health & Energy Fair at The Breathing Association on July 1st.

The fact is that summer is a time when many families can’t think about vacations or picnics or barbecues – the pressures of making ends meet don’t let up just because it’s summer, and can become as overwhelming as the stifling heat. Our summer HEAP energy assistance program and clinic services are one way families like Aerrona’s can get some relief.

Nearly 100 families attended the July 1st event to enjoy a free picnic lunch and sign up to receive energy assistance and clinic visits for the entire family. More than 20 area agencies set up booths to distribute information about available services, from housing to financial services. CLICK HERE for more information about our Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

 

Kickin’ Asthma

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Julianna learns more about her inhaler from Joey Reed

Having asthma doesn’t have to exclude kids from playing sports. That’s the simple message- and simple mission – for The Breathing Association’s Summer Asthma Outreach program.

Thanks to funding from The Columbus Youth Foundation and The Reinberger Foundation, we teamed up with several sports camps this summer, especially those serving children from low income areas of the community where breathing conditions like asthma occur at higher rates. Coaches received asthma awareness training from Joey Reed, Nurse Practitioner and Respiratory Therapist, while kids and their parents received educational information and options for getting additional help at home through The Breathing Association’s clinical services. 

Michelle Brueggeman, head coach for the Crew SC Foundation’s Heroes League summer soccer camp, says her volunteer coaches really appreciate the information and support. Nearly 100 children ages 6-9 participate each year in the free five-week soccer camp, which allows The Breathing Association to reach families with crucial follow-up services through these partnerships.

Fran Ryan to be honored at National Philanthropy Day celebration

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Fran honored at the 2015 Mother’s Day Tea

The Central Ohio Chapter of The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has selected Fran Ryan to be honored as this year’s National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser.  Fran Ryan was honored by The Breathing Association at their 2015 Mother’s Day Tea event on May 7th. 

Please join us in congratulating Fran for receiving this prestigious recognition and consider attending this year’s NPD event on November 24, 2015!


 

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Breathe Easier! We’re Building our Community Partnerships Together!

The staff at The Breathing Association teamed up with The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio on Friday, May 29th.  The staff rolled up their sleeves and built tables under the expert guidance of Furniture Bank’s Volunteer Coordinator Colin Veatch. Some wielded power tools, others hammers and paint rollers – but in the end everyone knew that it was more than just a partnership to build tables for a day – families served through The Breathing Association’s HEAP and Outreach programs are frequently referred to The Furniture Bank for help in providing furniture for their homes. 
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See the entire photo album on facebook!   

Breathe Easier! We’re building our community partnerships together!

Posted by The Breathing Association on Sunday, May 31, 2015

Please Renew Your Support!

krogercommunityrewardsIt’s April and the time Kroger asks you to tell them again who you want to support through Kroger Community Rewards.  We hope you’ll ask Kroger’s to support The Breathing Association. 

Supporting the mission of The Breathing Association is a simple as swiping your card every time you shop at Krogers.  You receive extra savings and Kroger makes a donation based on your purchases.

Simply enroll your Kroger Plus Card online and select The Breathing Association (#80889) as your Community Rewards recipient. Kroger does the rest!  CLICK HERE for more detailed instructions or go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com.

Make it a Date!

Invite your mom, sibs, friends and colleagues and come to the 2015 Mother’s Day Tea!  Meet our honoree, Ms. Fran Ryan and enjoy a fabulous lunch and skyline view from the Boat House at Confluence Park.  We’ll have tea, of course, as well as wonderful silent auction and raffle items for you to bid on just in time for Mother’s Day!  Make your mom proud by supporting The Breathing Association’s crucial lung health services for our community. CLICK HERE to buy tickets or sponsor online, or visit our PAGE to print forms to send in with your RSVP.  We’ll see you on May 7th!

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Air Waves – February 2015 Newsletter

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Still much to be done

The recent articles on the decrease in lung cancer rates due to a reduction in tobacco use and of second hand smoke goes beyond just “good news” – it’s FABULOUS NEWS! Moving the dial on lung cancer in our nation and in our community, and turning the tide on the huge public burden tobacco use causes is a great collective accomplishment.

Yet tobacco use still remains the leading preventable cause of death. Most smokers start before the age of 18. Forty percent of all children and seventy percent of black children in the U.S. are exposed to second hand smoke. Smokeless tobacco, including e-cigarettes, contains 28 cancer-causing agents (carcinogens). New research has discovered that smoking is linked to even more health issues, including kidney disease. Clearly there is still much more to be done.

The news that cancer rates are declining is great news. The news that second smoke exposure has dropped is great news. Those in our community who have helped make this happen should feel great! But we should go forward together with even more energy to push the numbers downward ever still – until tobacco use is a thing of the past. Won’t you join us?  


Kohl’s helps with Wardrobes for Warmth!  

We’d like to thank the Bethel Road Kohl’s for supporting our Wardrobes of Warmth campaign. Thanks to their special discounts, we were able to purchase warm hats, scarves and gloves to distribute to needy children and adults through our medical HEAP clinic.
Thank you Kohl’s!

Air Waves – January 2015 Newsletter

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Asthma heats up when it gets COLD!

The cold Ohio winter creates special challenges for people with asthma – breathing in very cold air can trigger an attack, but when homes are more closed up in the winter, the indoor air can be unusually full of triggers such as mold and pet dander.

When the staff at The Breathing Association make home visits to people who suffer from asthma, they identify problem areas that can lead to an asthma attack – and a potential trip to the ER.

Here are a few of our tips for avoiding an asthma attack in the winter:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a clean scarf or face-mask when going outside.
  • Pet dander collects quickly in the home when pets spend more time inside. Keep pets out of the bedroom and vacuum more often.
  • Open up the windows on warmer days to air out your home and let dust and allergens escape, especially right after dusting or vacuuming. 
  • Avoid the common cold which can lead to an asthma flare-up – Get a flu shot, wash your hands frequently and avoid people who are ill.

For more information about managing asthma click here.


What is HEAT Insecurity? past due notice

Heat or energy insecurity means that a household is threatened with, or experiences, gas and/or electric utility shut-off. The heating season presents a special challenge for low-income families who are often forced to choose between paying utility bills and paying for food or other expenses. Living without heat in the winter dramatically increases the risk of illness and hospitalization for family members, exacerbates complications of chronic lung conditions such as COPD for the elderly, and threatens the long term health of young children. 

Ohio’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) assists low-income households with the costs of home heating. The Breathing Association is one of only two HEAP providers in Franklin County, helping thousands of struggling families keep the heat and lights on every winter. What’s more, for households receiving energy assistance from us, family members are also eligible to receive a free medical exam, flu shots and can received specialized care for chronic lung conditions. We are the only Franklin County HEAP provider that provides Home Visits to the home-bound or medically vulnerable.

Heat insecurity threatens the health and safety of the people The Breathing Association exists to serve. By providing heating assistance, we significantly reduce the severity and the incidence of lung health complications in this vulnerable population.

 

For more information about our HEAP programs, click here.

Attention Kroger Shoppers!

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It’s April and the time Kroger asks you to tell them again who you want to support through Kroger Community Rewards.  We hope you’ll ask Kroger’s to support The Breathing Association. 

Supporting the mission of The Breathing Association is a simple as swiping your card every time you shop at Krogers.  You receive extra savings and Kroger makes a donation based on your purchases.

Simply enroll your Kroger Plus Card online and select The Breathing Association (#80889) as your Community Rewards recipient. Kroger does the rest!  CLICK HERE for more detailed instructions or go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com.