The mission of BREATHE is to promote lung health and healthy environments to achieve health equity through a) research; b) community outreach and empowerment; c) advocacy and policy development; and d) access to health services.
BREATHE’S Vision is that all people will have access to clean air and live in healthy environments.
UK's BREATHE team recently partnered with Youth Empowered Solutions (YES) to host tobacco and youth advocacy training for leadership students of Hazard High School, as well as a training session for adult community advocates from around the state on the importance of youth empowerment and mentorship and how to engage youth in advocacy efforts.
Communities with strong laws against workplace smoking have lower rates of lung cancer, a new study from the University of Kentucky found. The study by anti-smoking advocate Ellen Hahn of the UK College of Nursing is the first to show that lung cancer rates go down when smoke-free laws cover workers and the general public from the dangers of second-hand smoke.
Representatives from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing recently met with eight Kentucky legislators on Capitol Hill on behalf of Friends of the National Institute for Nursing Research (FNINR), the advocacy arm of the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR) which is one of 27 institutes of the National Institutes of Health that funds nurse researchers.
The BREATHE Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) training program is now accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP). The training uses an online platform to deliver twenty-seven hours of self-paced learning over eight weeks. Registration and information is available on our webpage.