“Clean air is a basic human right,” Tonya Winders, President and CEO of the Allergy and Asthma Network stated Thursday morning at “The Air We Breathe: An Atlantic Summit.” The summit, which focused on discussing the quality of our air and the implications on our health, took place on Thursday, April 20, at VenueSIX10 in Chicago.
The CHEST Foundation collaborated with The Atlantic, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Dyson to host this event, which featured several panels of experts discussing topics ranging from lung cancer and asthma, to the challenges architects and the city face with new buildings and proper ventilation.
More than 150 people attended the summit, but the reach was much greater:
- 4.2M social impressions
- 770K social media accounts
- 1,100 tweets to the #AtlanticAirSummit hashtag
This summit is a new format for the CHEST Foundation that proved to be effective at supporting our mission to champion lung health among a large audience.
Our expert team of panelists, who discussed “Disruption in Asthma Care,” included:
- Joel Africk, President and Chief Executive Officer, Respiratory Health Association
- Rudy Anderson, CAE, Associate Executive Director, CHEST Foundation
- Jay Peters, MD, FCCP, Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Trustee, CHEST Foundation
“Over 50% of children with asthma are either not adhering to or misusing their device,” Rudy Anderson stated. “That is a terrifying statistic. We have a strong responsibility to bring patients, caregivers, the public, and clinicians together to have a better conversation, which will then empower them to be a part of their community.”
Dr. Peters also focused on having a better conversation between patients and clinicians in order to improve outcomes. “It is important for physicians and patients to sit down and discuss personalized asthma action plans,” Dr. Peters stated. “It’s important to find the people who are not receiving [asthma] info and get them the care they need.”
Other topics that elicited notable discussion include:
- The Clean Air Act and balancing clean air initiatives without stymying business interests
- How smart cities and building design can impact air quality and public health
- The role of the states and local governments in enforcing clean air policies
- Weather and climate change
These discussions were led by American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer, Chicago Public Health Commissioner Julie Morita, The City of Chicago’s Chief Technology Officer Danielle DuMerer, WGN-TV’s Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling, Chicago Building Commissioner Judy Frydland, and former NFL linebacker and asthma and lung cancer advocate Chris Draft.
Additional speakers included:
- Joseph Allen, Assistant Professor of Exposure Assessment Science, Director of Healthy Buildings Program at Harvard Public School of Health
- Charlie Catlett, Director, Array of Things Project, Urban Center for Computation and Data, Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago
- Ruchi Gupta, Asthma Epidemiologist, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
- John Howington, Chairman of Thoracic Surgery, Co-Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program, Saint Thomas Health
- Tonya Winders, President and CEO, Allergy and Asthma Network
- Donald Wuebbles, Harry E. Preble Endowed Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
This event was generously supported by Boehringer Ingelheim and Dyson.