Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Health Environments

BREATHE (Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments), located at 2265 Harrodsburg Road in Lexington, Kentucky, is a multi-disciplinary research, outreach, and practice collaborative of the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Nursing, with partners internal and external to UK. BREATHE’S Vision is that all people will have access to clean air and live in healthy environments. BREATHE’S Mission is to promote lung health and healthy environments with at risk populations to achieve health equity through a) research; b) community outreach and empowerment; c) advocacy and policy development; and d) access to health services.

BREATHE, formerly known as the Clean Indoor Air Partnership, was recognized as one of UK’s Commonwealth Collaboratives, and it received the Exemplary Project Award for community engagement in 2011 from the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU). BREATHE has administrative and biostatistics cores, as well as an air quality monitoring laboratory. BREATHE consists of a large team of faculty researchers and clinicians, staff from a variety of disciplines, and students from both undergraduate and graduate programs. BREATHE provides facilitation for the UK Markey Cancer Center’s Comprehensive Lung Cancer Translational Research Group.

BREATHE is directed by Dr. Ellen J. Hahn, PhD, RN, FAAN with critical expert guidance provided by the BREATHE Advisory Board and over 80 organizational community partners. BREATHE is a clearinghouse for information, research and analysis, and policy development, as well as community education and outreach related to smoke- and tobacco- free policies, tobacco health disparities, electronic smoking devices, tobacco prevention and treatment, and radon reduction. BREATHE has had success working with both rural and urban communities and in economically diverse localities. BREATHE is comprised of four divisions: Tobacco Policy, Tobacco Prevention & Treatment, Radon Policy, and Special Populations. The Administration and Data Management & Outcomes units support faculty, staff, and students. See the BREATHE Organizational Chart.

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