2018 Virtual Lobby Week

Today, April 11th, kicks off the AARC Virtual Lobby Campaign.  Every year the AARC and the state affiliates send representatives to Washington DC to advocate for the profession and ultimately the patients that we provide care for.  This year the AARC Hill Day is on May 1st.   Donna Sullivan and myself along with about 200+ people from around the country will be meeting with Senators and House Representatives from our respective states and districts asking them to support RT and Telehealth.    We are asking Congress to support a pilot study that uses Respiratory Therapists as Telehealth Practitioners.  To learn more about the proposed pilot study, you can go to the AARC Virtual Lobby site (http://www.aarc.org/advocacy/congressional-legislation/aarc-virtual-lobby-campaign/

Before we meet with them on May 1st, we need to have YOU help us.  We need you to reach out to your House Representative and Senators to let them know how important it is that they support Respiratory Therapy and Telehealth.  You can do this by going to the AARC Phone to Action site (https://p2a.co/lowDE4J)  There you can find the links.  Click on the link that fits your category and from there, a couple of bits of information (Name, Address, email etc.) and you can email, Tweet, Facebook or even call your House Representative and Senator and urge them to support RT as telehealth practitioners.    

This process takes just a few minutes of your time and yet will have an impact on how we as Respiratory Therapist take care of our patients.  Feel free to share the Phone to Action link with friends, family, other RT’s, patients, and other MD’s.  If you do not believe that your voice matters, last year when I went, every single Senator and Representative knew about us coming and that they had heard from patients, healthcare providers, caregivers and more importantly Respiratory Therapist how important it was to support Telehealth bills and the impact it will have to our patients and the roll and impact that Respiratory Therapist have on our patients.  We were able to get all of their support.  We need to make sure that they still have our back and the back of our patients in this proposed pilot program.

Registration for the 2018 Asthma Educator Institute Preparatory Course is officially open!


Registration for the 2018 Asthma Educator Institute Preparatory Course is officially open! 

The Asthma Educator Institute (AEI) is a two-day preparatory course for individuals who want to implement asthma guidelines-based care and those qualified to take the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) examination. The AEI was developed with asthma experts in the field, reflecting the National Institutes of Health, Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. AEI includes hands-on skills, demonstrations, and practice as well as evaluations to measure increases in knowledge and skills.

Dates of Course: The 2018 AEI Preparatory Course will be held on Thursday May 10th and Friday May 11th 

Location: The Trust Conference Center | 501 Wampanoag Trail, Suite 301, East Providence, Rhode Island 02915

Registration Costs: $160 (Includes breakfast, lunch and mentoring sessions following the course) | Discounted fee of $135 for current Certified Asthma Educators (AE-Cs) 

To register online, please visit: http://action.lung.org/aeieastprovidence 

This course is open to ANYONE who:

  • Is looking to brush up on their asthma knowledge and skills
  • Is looking for a large amount of CEU credits (nurses & respiratory therapists)
  • Is preparing to take the National AE-C Exam (you can still attend if you aren’t interested in taking the exam)
  • It will fill up fast so register early!

***Please note: there are no discount codes available for this course. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 

Jennifer L. Wall | Director of Health Education & Public Policy | Rhode Island
American Lung Association
Providence, Rhode Island
401.533.5179 | Jennifer.Wall@Lung.org | www.Lung.org

Get Set for Virtual Lobby Week – Summer 2017

Following a successful Advocacy Hill Day in April, we’re excited there are now three telehealth bills in Congress that include respiratory care services and respiratory therapists among the professionals covered to provide telehealth. Two of the bills also include remote patient monitoring for individuals with chronic conditions such as COPD. The next step is to get co-sponsors for these bills.

Newsroom – Northern Essex Community College » Community Leader in Respiratory Care Wins NECC Outstanding Alumni Award

Jason Moury, of Winchendon, Mass., was named this year’s recipient of Northern Essex Community College’s Outstanding Alumni Award at the college’s 55th annual Commencement Exercises on May 20. Selected by the NECC Alumni Association, the Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes an NECC graduate who has achieved career-related success, is active in the community and/or has exemplified active support for the college’s efforts.

Medical Device Donated to NECC Respiratory Care Program

Northern Essex Community College’s respiratory care program just became the first in the state to possess a bronchoscope that will help students prepare for their role in setting up and assisting doctors performing bronchoscopies.