World COPD Day Conference
On Thursday, November 20, in conjunction with World COPD Day, Breathe California hosted a free patient education workshop for patients, caregivers and others interested in learning more about COPD -- the 3rd-leading killer in the the U.S. At the workshop, Breathe California recognized Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren for her leadership and participation on the Congressional COPD Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers working together to actively push for COPD awareness and promote government policies to improve the lives of COPD patients.
Workshop speakers included Elizabeth Landsverk, MD -- ElderConsult Geriatric Medicine; Vivian Silva, MS – gerontogy lecturer, San Jose State University; and Lauren Selmeier – VP, Clinical Marketing, PneumRx. Following the workshop, singer-songwriter Carl Tilchen performed songs related to clean air and healthy lungs. It was a fun and informative day for all those who attended.
Breathe California thanks its sponsors, community partners and volunteers who made this event possible!
Breathe California wins 4 star rating
Sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned Breathe California of the Bay Area a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the first time that Breathe California has earned this honor.
Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its web site for each of the charities it evaluates.
Ash Kickers smoking cessation class returns Jan. 20
Ash Kickers is a six-session smoking cessation program based on the trans-theoretical model of behavior modification. The program helps smokers travel through the various stages of quitting, which include thinking about quitting, preparing to quit, finally quitting, and preventing relapse. The program also incorporates tobacco education, group support and tools for maintenance as part of a comprehensive effort to help smokers kick the habit.
Next class starts January 20, 2015, in San Jose. Visit the links below for the class flyer and more information.
Breathe California TV Show, Thursday nights at 8pm
Did you know that Breathe California has its own TV show? Hosted by environmental attorney and long-time BC volunteer Terry Trumbull, the show examines various topics surrounding lung disease, air quality, alternative fuels and public policy decisions that affect lung health.
The show airs every Thursday night at 8pm on San Jose public access channel 15. Past shows can also be viewed on our YouTube channel. Click the link below for more Breathe California TV.
California designates November 2014 as COPD Awareness Month
On Monday, October 20, in a ceremony in the California State Senate chambers, the state of California declared November 2014 to be Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month. Breathe California serves many clients who are victims of COPD, and we are grateful to Senator Cathleen Galgiani, 5th District, for sponsoring this important recognition. In attendance were Kori Titus of Breathe California Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, Mary Rosas of GlaxoSmithKline, and other public health advocates.