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Massachusetts Turns Turquoise to Recognize National Women’s Lung Health Week 

 American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE calls upon Massachusetts to share its collective voice to defeat the number one cancer killer of women – lung cancer 

Today, the American Lung Association in Massachusetts is supporting LUNG FORCE during National Women’s Lung Health Week (May 8 – 14) by turning local landmarks turquoise in an effort to raise awareness and defeat lung cancer in women. LUNG FORCE is a fast-growing initiative uniting the nation against lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women. In Massachusetts, the Basketball Hall of Fame, TD Garden, the Zakim Bridge, among other significant sites were illuminated turquoise on Monday, May 9.

“Lung cancer remains the leading cancer killer of both men and women,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  “We thank and salute the many landmarks, local governments, retailers and individuals here in Massachusetts and across the Northeast who are taking action to raise awareness about Women’s Lung Health Week and LUNG FORCE.  We know that it will take a force of supporters for us to be successful in beating lung cancer and saving more lives; and we are committed to building our number of supporters and our momentum each and every year.” 

Every eight minutes, a woman in the United States will lose her battle with lung cancer, yet awareness is shockingly low, only 1 percent of women say that lung cancer is a top-of-mind cancer concern. However, the number of women dying from lung cancer has nearly doubled over the past 30 years. A strong, healthy breath is critical to ensure women can speak out and raise their voices. LUNG FORCE uses the powerful stories of the nation – from celebrities and influencers, to families, friends and communities – to stand together with the collective voice, strength and determination needed to make lung cancer history.

LUNG FORCE is focused on driving more positive outcomes for the women and families whose lives have been forever changed as a result of a lung cancer diagnosis.

Now in its third year, LUNG FORCE is empowering women and men in Massachusetts to share their voice to make lung cancer a public health priority.

Towns and cities such as Boston, Auburn, Springfield and Holyoake have issued proclamations declaring May 8-14 Women’s Lung Health Week. The American Lung Association is also asking Massachusetts residents to share their voices in the fight against lung cancer. Visit www.LUNGFORCE.org to learn how to participate:

Walk: A LUNG FORCE Walk is scheduled in Boston this Thursday, May 12, at Boston Common. To register, participate or help raise funds for the important work LUNG FORCE is hosting in Boston and nationwide, visit LUNGFORCE.org/runwalk
 

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Clark University students to host ‘Splash,’ offer free workshops to area youth on April 10
 

Clark University’s Educational Studies Program, a student organization, will host Splash on Sunday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on campus at 950 Main Street, Worcester. This day-long event enables hundreds of area students in grades 5-12 to take free classes taught by Clark students.
 
More than 75 Clark students will teach classes and workshops. Splash workshops include lmao (laughing my anxiety off), Silly Putty Chemistry, Introduction to Parody Song Writing, Basic First Aid, and Climate Change and the Future of Human Civilization.
 
Clark junior Corey Bernstein is the director of the Splash program; he has also taught Splash classes, including The Psychology of Optical Illusions.
 
“We believe that by giving students the opportunity and freedom to take classes outside of the traditional K-12 curriculum, they will become more curious, motivated, and engaged learners as they kindle new and old passions,” said Bernstein.
 
Splash also offers a program for the parents of Splash participants, which features workshops on secondary education.

Registration for Splash workshops ends Monday, April 4.

To register, visit the program’s website; the course catalog is available online. 

Food and beverages will be provided.  For more information, email clarkuesp@gmail.com.
 
Splash was started at MIT and has since spread to over 20 colleges nationwide, including Clark, Boston College, and Smith College by way of a nonprofit organization called Learning Unlimited, founded by MIT graduates. Clark’s Splash program began in the spring of 2012.

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OPERATION ROSARY

Putting a rosary into the hands of every member of the U.S. Armed Forces around the globe who wants one.
 
Operation Ranger Rosary will hold their next meeting on April 9, from 1 to 3:00 p.m., Phelan Center, Blessed Sacrament Church, and 551 Pleasant St.

We have also added to our program: Prayer Shawl knitting or crocheting
 
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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Information/Support Group

Specializing in Helping Grandparents Connect with Community Resources
 
1st Saturday of each month**

**April MEETING 4/2/16

**May MEETING 5/7/16**
 
Please let us know if you plan to attend!

10:45 am-11:15 am

at 484 Main Street Suite, 460

Call 508-796-1411 for more information or to RSVP*

**When the Center is open. *You MUST RSVP.  Bring new resources that you know of or questions about resources you are seeking. Enjoy a light snack and build on your contacts and supports.

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Boston LUNG FORCE Walk Slated for May 12 at Boston Common

 
BOSTON – The American Lung Association of the Northeast is pleased to announce that Lahey Health has signed on for the next two years as presenting sponsor of the LUNG FORCE Walk at Boston Common. The 2016 event will take place the evening of Thursday May 12.  LUNG FORCE, launched in May of 2014, is the American Lung Association’s singular movement to unite women to stand together against lung cancer and for lung health. Lahey Health presented the inaugural LUNG FORCE Walk Boston in 2015 which welcomed 500 participants and raised nearly $100,000.

“Lahey Health has been a partner with the Lung Association to help smokers quit for good with our Freedom From Smoking Program and educate the public about lung cancer screening,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  “We’re pleased to expand our partnership with Lahey and to step up efforts to fight lung cancer.”  In addition to its presenting sponsorship, Lahey will participate with a walk team.

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (LHMC) in Burlington, MA, is a pioneer in low-dose CT lung screening, and has offered its screening program to eligible patients since January, 2012.

The Rescue Lung, Rescue Life team at LHMC has screened more than 3600 men and women and has detected more than 91 cases of lung cancer. Three out of four of these lung cancers have been Stage I, the most curable stage of the disease. In addition, LHMC’s team has shared information on how to activate similar programs at more than 600 hospitals in the United States and abroad. Programs like Rescue Lung, Rescue Life have the potential to save at least 12,000 lives across the United States each year.

“Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, exceeding the number of deaths from cancers of the breast, colon, and prostate combined,” said Andrea McKee, MD, chair of the Radiation Oncology department at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. “We are proud to continue our sponsorship of the LUNG FORCE Walk because it shines the light on the fight against lung cancer, and helps pave the way for the research and innovation necessary to eradicate this awful disease.”

To learn more about LUNG FORCE or to sign up for the LUNG FORCE Walk in Boston, visit LungForce.org/Walk.  

About the American Lung Association of the Northeast 
The American Lung Association of the Northeast serves CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI and VT.  We are part of the American Lung Association, the oldest voluntary health organization in the U.S. established in 1904 to combat tuberculosis; our mission today is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.  The focus is on air quality, asthma, tobacco control, and all lung disease. www.Lung.org 

In fashion: President Obama … and the ALA

Congressman Jim McGovern Applauds $1.1 Billion in President Obama’s Budget to Address the Opioid Epidemic

McGovern Welcomes Proposal to Ensure All Who Seek Treatment Can Get Help They Need
 
Congressman Jim McGovern applauded this week’s announcement that President Obama’s FY 2017 Budget includes $1.1 billion in funding to address the opioid epidemic that is impacting so many families in Massachusetts and across the country.
 
“Today’s announcement that President Obama’s budget will dedicate more than $1 billion to address the opioid epidemic is a critical step in this fight,” Congressman McGovern said. “In the past year, I have worked tirelessly to make sure the voices of Massachusetts families are heard in Washington, co-sponsoring three different bills and joining my House Colleagues to call on Administration officials to ensure all of our communities are receiving the federal funds needed to address this crisis.
 
“With the proposed funding announced today by President Obama, it is clear that our voices are being heard and Massachusetts can count on the White House to be a strong national partner in this fight,” McGovern added. “We must do all we can to ensure that treatment is available to those who seek it and by prioritizing treatment and prevention, this proposal takes the smart and comprehensive approach we need to help all of the families and communities touched by the opioid epidemic. This is a national priority and I look forward to working with both parties in Congress to securing the funding and resources we need to win this fight in Massachusetts.”
 
President Obama’s proposal includes $1 billion in new mandatory funding over two years to expand access to treatment for prescription drug abuse and heroin use.

This funding will boost efforts to help individuals with an opioid use disorder seek treatment, successfully complete treatment, and sustain recovery. 

This funding includes:
 
·         $920 million to support cooperative agreements with States to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders. States will receive funds based on the severity of the epidemic and on the strength of their strategy to respond to it.  States can use these funds to expand treatment capacity and make services more affordable. 

·         $50 million in National Health Service Corps funding to expand access to substance use treatment providers.  This funding will help support approximately 700 providers able to provide substance use disorder treatment services, including medication-assisted treatment, in areas across the country most in need of behavioral health providers.

·         $30 million to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment programs employing medication-assisted treatment under real-world conditions and help identify opportunities to improve treatment for patients with opioid use disorders.

This investment, combined with other efforts underway to reduce barriers to treatment for substance use disorders, will help ensure that every American who wants treatment can access it and get the help they need.   
 
Second, the President’s Budget includes approximately $500 million — an increase of more than $90 million — to continue and build on current efforts across the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Health and Human Services (HHS) to expand state-level prescription drug overdose prevention strategies, increase the availability of medication-assisted treatment programs, improve access to the overdose-reversal drug naloxone, and support targeted enforcement activities. A portion of this funding is directed specifically to rural areas, where rates of overdose and opioid use are particularly high. 

To help further expand access to treatment, the Budget includes an HHS pilot project for nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder treatment, where allowed by state law.

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American Lung Association’s ‘State of Tobacco Control 2016’ Gives Massachusetts Mixed Grades for Efforts to Save Lives by Reducing Tobacco Use

The American Lung Association released this week its 14th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report that finds that in 2015 Massachusetts made progress on tobacco control policies that will save lives.

The report also finds that most states and the federal government earned poor grades, and the high level of youth use of tobacco products other than cigarettes threatens to undermine the United States’ overall progress in the fight against tobacco-caused death and disease.
 
“While we celebrate successful tobacco control policies in Massachusetts like its efforts to regulate e-cigarette use by restricting sales to those 18 years and older, we still must face the reality that young people are using tobacco products like e-cigarettes and little cigars at an all-time high,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “Nearly a quarter of high school students nationwide are using tobacco products, and it is essential that Massachusetts continue to  take aggressive action to reduce all tobacco use – the #1 cause of preventable death and disease in our nation.”
 
The “State of Tobacco Control” report documents the progress and failure of the states and the federal government to address tobacco use. The report assigns grades based on whether federal and state laws protect Americans from the enormous toll tobacco use takes on lives and the economy.
 
“State of Tobacco Control 2016” finds Massachusetts mixed grades show that progress is possible, although even more needs to be done by our Governor and State Legislature to pass proven policies that will reduce tobacco use and save lives:

Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Funding Grade – F

Tobacco Taxes – Grade A

Smokefree Air – Grade A

Access to Cessation Services – Grade D

The American Lung Association of the Northeast calls on Massachusetts to act on increasing funding for the state’s tobacco control program to $9 million per year, include e-cigarettes and all other tobacco derived products as part of the state’s definition of tobacco and increase access to tobacco cessation treatments and services.

As of January 31, 2016, the Obama Administration had not yet given the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight authority over all tobacco products including cigars, e-cigarettes, little cigars and hookah (commonly referred to as the deeming rule). The grade of “I” for Incomplete for FDA Regulation of Tobacco Products is assigned because the final rule is expected at any time. Other federal grades include a “C” for Federal Cessation Coverage, an “F” for Tobacco Taxes and a “B” for its Mass Media Campaigns, a new grading area in this year’s “State of Tobacco Control” report.

“It’s not a secret how we can reduce tobacco use in this country. ‘State of Tobacco Control 2016’ looks at proven methods to save lives and prevent our children from becoming the next generation hooked on tobacco,” said Casey Harvell, Director of Public Policy for Massachusetts. “We must demand that our elected officials in Massachusetts urgently act to implement these proven policies to save lives.”

ALA 2013 “Healthy Air Agenda”

American Lung Association in Massachusetts Releases Top Priorities of 2013 “Healthy Air Agenda”
Waltham – The American Lung Association in Massachusetts released the priorities of its 2013 Healthy Air Agenda, a plan of action for the Obama Administration and the 113th Congress that will ensure the Clean Air Act is implemented and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains its authority to safeguard the air Americans breathe.

Despite ongoing interference from Big Polluters and some Members of Congress, the Lung Association in Massachusetts and its allies have made progress on cleaning up the air and will work to continue to do so throughout the coming year, using the Agenda as a roadmap.
The Agenda is organized into four key areas of focus with additional details as to which regulations, rules or activities will remain of focus within each area.  These include:

·         Smokestacks – Clean up coal-fired power plants (both existing and new)
Power plants, in particular those fired by coal, are a major source of hazardous pollutants, and are the biggest source of carbon pollution that is linked to climate change.

·         Tailpipes – Clean up gasoline and vehicles
The EPA needs to update standards to control smog-forming and particle pollution from passenger vehicles by reducing the amount of sulfur in gasoline and setting tighter tailpipe pollution limits on new vehicles.

·         Funding Research & Enforcement
Preventing additional cuts to the EPA will enable the agency to effectively monitor air quality, implement critical air quality programs to protect public health and meet national clean air goals.

·         Implementation without weakening or delays
To truly improve the health of millions of people across the nation and save thousands of lives every year, full implementation of all Clean Air Act updates, rules, and standards is needed – without threats to these life-saving protections.

“In the coming year, it is important that polluted air continue to be viewed and understood as a pervasive threat, affecting our most vulnerable populations here in Massachusetts,” said Katie King, Director of Public Policy of the American Lung Association in Massachusetts.  Some of those who are most susceptible to air pollution include children, seniors, those with lung disease, heart disease and diabetes, people with low incomes, and those who work and exercise outdoors.

King expressed concerns that the looming, automatic federal budget cuts due on March 1 will harm public health by reducing the EPA’s ability to monitor air quality, ensure compliance with air pollution laws, and enforce violations.  “Without an environmental cop on the beat, we could be subjecting the residents to breathing dirtier air and jeopardizing their health,” she said.

The American Lung Association’s 2012 State of the Air Report found that 2.7 million Massachusetts residents, more than a third in the state, live in a county with failing air quality.  Six counties received an F grade for ozone pollution.
By identifying these four critical areas of focus, and key solutions for addressing each, the Lung Association in Massachusetts will be able to devote focused efforts to the life-saving work that protects the Clean Air Act and the health of millions of people across the country and here in the Bay State.