Room to Breathe
The Room to Breathe Initiative was launched by the Coalition in 2013 to assist low-income families and individuals who are living with chronic respiratory diagnoses to improve their home environment to lessen environmental triggers with a goal of improving their quality of life.
Annually, thousands of men, women and children have breathing problems because of chronic respiratory disease including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, cancer, and lung disease related to HIV/AIDS. For low-income families and individuals living with some form of chronic respiratory disease, making the necessary changes and adaptations to their homes is economically out of reach for them. The results for these households are often devastating, making it difficult to carry out ordinary daily tasks, go to work and attend school. For elders, this can mean no longer being able remain in their home.
The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless has focused its work with a lens on how it can assist those that are living in poverty. With a disproportion of this population being affected by COPD, asthma and other respiratory diseases, it launched the Room to Breathe Project, which focuses on assisting low-income households a cost-free resource to remove environmental triggers as a means to controlling respiratory attacks.
The Room to Breathe is grateful for a generous grant from the Cummings Foundation as part of their 100K for 100 program.
Please follow these links to find Asthma Action Plan forms, be filled out and signed by your doctor:
- English: pediatric and adult
- Spanish: pediatric and adult
- Portuguese: pediatric and adult
- Haitian Creole: pediatric and adult
- Vietnamese: pediatric and adult
- Khmer: pediatric and adult
- Chinese: pediatric and adult
- Russian: pediatric and adult
Click here to read the fall 2015 newsletter from the Prevention & Wellness Trust Fund Lynn Partnership and Room to Breathe (in English and Spanish).