The Lung Association is always seeking new Lung Health Ambassadors to represent their region. For more information about becoming a Lung Health Ambassador, call The Lung Association Lung Health Information Line at 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who are we?
Lung Health Ambassadors (LHAs) are lung health champions who assist in raising awareness about the importance of lung health in Ontario. They may or may not have lung disease themselves.
Often, they share their experience about COPD, asthma or other lung diseases with others. This could include people in their communities or others with lung disease.
Our LHAs share what is happening in their community and their own personal experience with each other during the monthly teleconference, facilitated by a health care professional and sponsored by Ontario Lung Association. They may also choose to participate in initiatives to promote lung disease awareness and to advocate for a Lung Health strategy in Ontario to both politicians and the public.
Who can join?
To become a Lung Health Ambassador you should:
- Be energetic and enthusiastic about lung health advocacy and interested in increasing awareness about lung disease in your community.
- Have a lung disease, such as COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis or another lung disease or know someone who has lung disease (family member, caregiver or friend).
- Be willing to share your experience with having lung disease as well as the activities of your support group if you belong to one.
- Belong to a lung support group, respiratory rehabilitation or maintenance exercise program, or you can simply represent yourself.
What is involved?
On a volunteer basis, you may choose to participate in all or selected activities that are best suited to your schedule and your personality:
- Be part of monthly teleconferences that usually take place once a month, every third Wednesday, from 3pm to 4pm. There is no cost to the participants.
- Take part in television and radio interviews in order to share your personal experience in coping with lung disease.
- Be a member of a lung support group or may assist in forming new support groups in the community. Please note: You don’t have to belong to a support group to be a Lung Health Ambassador.
- Meet with the Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) regarding lung health initiatives.
- Attend events or face-to-face meetings related to lung health advocacy and promotion. Note: some expenses may be paid by Lung Association.
- Be featured in The Lung Association e-newsletters and resources.
- Be the voice between The Lung Association and the support group (if you belong to one), sharing what you learned about lung disease or current lung health initiatives in Ontario.