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It felt good to get out from behind my computer and spend the day along the Clark Fork River with a camera, microphone and penny jar. My colleague John and I accosted those on foot, bike, stroller and wheelchair as they ambled by under a clean, blue sky. We asked them what they appreciated about healthy air and if they would pay a penny to save 2,500 lives.  What a great response! We collected a lot of pennies that day and lots of stories, too. 

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Montanans give a penny for clean air
Montanans give a penny for clean air
Montanans give a penny for clean air
 
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Clean air is important to Missoulians because their children suffer from asthma and they want them to breathe freely.   Bikers who like to exercise want clean air going into their lungs.  To others, clean air is an essential component to living a good life.  I felt happy at the end of that day by the river.  My work to clean up the air we breathe was important to people. 

We were making a short video (http://bit.ly/HealthyAirMT) about the Tier 3 Cleaner Gasoline and Vehicle standards, an EPA rule recently completed.  The American Lung Association worked with physicians, respiratory therapists, and health organizations to let lawmakers and the general public know why we need these regulations.  Cleaner air saves lives, prevents lung and cardiac disease, and decreases chances for asthma attacks.

Our work to protect and strengthen the Clean Air Act saves lives. As our state and nation make decisions about transportation and energy issues, we advocate for public health.  Air quality is not only an “environmental” or “energy” issue; it is an important health issue.  The American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific “fights for all the things that make air worth breathing” and addresses air pollution issues in Montana and the Mountain Pacific region.

Partners

Healthy Air Campaign Supporting Organizations
 
MT Society for Respiratory Care
www.msrcmt.com

MT Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
www.macvprmontana.com

MT Pharmacy Association
www.rxmt.org

MT Primary Care Association
www.mtpca.org

Missoula Aging Services
www.missoulaagingservices.org/

Montana Public Health Association
www.mtpha.org

Montana Nurses Association
www.mtnurses.org

Montana Environmental Health Association
www.mehaweb.org

Cascade City-County Health Department
www.cchdmt.org/

Lewis and Clark City-County Health Dept.
https://www.lccountymt.gov/health.html

Riverstone Health
www.riverstonehealth.org

Missoula City-County Health Department
www.co.missoula.mt.us/health

Health Care Without Harm
www.noharm.org         

Creating a Legacy

The mission and goals of the American Lung Association are:

To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Mission Goals

  • The American Lung Association will eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related lung disease.
  • The American Lung Association will improve the air we breathe so it will not cause or worsen lung disease.
  • The American Lung Association will reduce the burden of lung disease on patients and their families.

Our legacy in Montana will be the protection of public health as a bottom line for all clean air-related policies and decision.

Take Action

To support the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific, please visit: http://www.lung.org/associations/charters/mountain-pacific/donate/

To advocate for healthy air issue, please visit: http://www.fightingforair.org/

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Grant Recipient of Cinnabar Foundation

Contact Information

Kim Davitt

American Lung Association of Montana

3919 Heritage Way

Missoula, MT 59802

Phone: 406-546-7979

kdavitt@lungmtpacific.org

http://www.lung.org

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