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American Lung Association in Pennsylvania


Organizational Information

Parent Organization

American Lung Association of Mid-Atlantic

Vision, Mission and/or Purpose of Organization

The mission of the American Lung Association is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health.

History of Organization

For 100 years the American Lung Association has been fighting for the lung health of all Americans. We started in 1904 when the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis, the first nationwide, voluntary health organization aimed at conquering a specific disease, was founded. 1907 Dr. Joseph Wales, realizing that the small sanatorium on the Brandywine River in Delaware where he worked was down to its last dollar, wrote to his cousin, Emily Bissell, asking for help in raising the $300 he and his fellow physicians needed to keep the sanatorium open. In response, Emily Bissell designed the first American Christmas Seal and borrowed $40 to have 50,000 of them printed. Before the Christmas season was over she had raised not the $300 she had for but $3000. 1920 The National Association embarked on a research program that was to become truly significant in its scope and influence. Representative of the myriad of scientific refinements and improvements were those affecting the X-ray and tuberculin test. 1930 to 1940s The tuberculin test and the X-ray became twin tools of diagnosis. The tuberculosis associations, joined with health departments and the U.S. Public Health Services, bought and took them to where people were in order to conduct testing and education. 1956 The National Tuberculosis Association, finding it increasingly difficult to concentrate on the eradication of tuberculosis without paying attention to such related illnesses as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and many other respiratory diseases, expanded its education and program goals to include all lung disease and the elimination of the causes of these diseases. 1960 The National Association Board of Directors issued a warning on smoking as a policy statement: "Cigarette smoking is a major cause of lung cancer." The National Association funded six pilot projects in mass pulmonary function screening to determine whether lung disease could be detected early. 1963 to 1964 The National Association launched its Respiratory Disease Campaign to educate the public, especially those over 40, about symptoms of chronic respiratory disease. The National Associaiton and it affiliates encouraged the establishment of "Action for Clean Air Committees" and supported proposed Congressional action to improve control. 1968 The name of the organization is changed to National Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease. The board strengthened 1960 smoking statement and urged local associations " to develop and sponsor an active program to prevent young people from becoming smokers, and to convince smokers that they should stop smoking." 1973 The National Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association changed its name to the American Lung Association (ALA). 1975 ALA established nonsmoker's rights as a major program priority. 1977 ALA became a smoke-free organization. 1987 ALA led the successful campaign for the landmark law banning smoking on all U.S. domestic airline flights lasting 2 hours or less. 1990 ALA played a key role in adoption of the significant Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990*the first air pollution law passed in more than 10 years. 1997 ALA was the first and foremost national voluntary health agency to speak out against special legal protections for the tobacco industry and against the 1997 deal between the Attorneys General and the tobacco industry.

Legal Structure

Non-profit corporation

Contact Information

Key Leader(s)

Meaghan Gabreski -  Program Specialist
Maggie Fromm -  Development Associate
Marissa Mysliwiec -  Development Director

Contact Person(s)

Marissa Mysliwiec - Development Director

Contact Number(s)

800.LUNG.USA - Toll-free

800.586.4872 - Toll-free

412-321-4029 - Telephone

Contact Email(s) - Development Director - Program Specialist

Web Addresses - State Site - National Site - National Webpage

Primary Address

Pittsburgh Office
American Lung Association in PA
810 River Avenue
Suite 140
Pittsburgh, PA, 15212

Service Information

Service Area

10 counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania, including Indiana County

Service Description

Camp and health education opportunities for children and families with asthma.

Teens Against Tobacco Use - Help teens remain tobacco free, by educating and developing older teens with skills to teach younger children about tobacco use and become advocates for a tobacco free community.

Tools for Schools, a common-sense guide designed to help schools prevent and solve the majority of indoor problems with minimal cost and involvement

Sesame Street A is for Asthma, an asthma awareness video and accompanying materials designed for children ages 3-6 and their caregivers

Smoking Cessation Programs - Freedom From Smoking (adult clinic), Freedom From Smoking Online, Not On Tobacco (youth clinic)

Open Airways for Schools, an asthma education program for children ages 8-11

Maintain a lending library of videos

Provide information on numerous types of lung disease, including asthma, tobacco, lung cancer, flu, radon and other indoor air quality issues

Available Hours

8 am - 4 pm / Monday through Friday Answering machine available

Fees/Cost for Services

Usually none, may be fees for educational trainings and large quantities of materials

Eligibility Requirements


Miscellaneous Information

Speaker Available


Volunteer Use


Volunteer Need