Our Coalition

Our Coalition

Breathe Easy Arizona is a large coalition of individuals and organizations with a common interest in decreasing the impact of Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease (CLRD) among Arizona residents. The intent of the Breathe Easy Arizona Coalition is to promote sustainable and scalable systems and policy changes aimed at preventing CLRD, improving detection of CLRD, and enhancing its management among those already diagnosed.

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Our Vision

Healthy Living for Healthy Lungs

Our Mission

Promoting sustained action to reduce the impact of CLRD in Arizona through effective, accessible prevention and care.

Our Goals

•Advocate for the health and safety of CLRD patients throughout the areas in which they live, work, learn and receive care;
•Increase patient self-efficacy and ensure appropriate support and education is available and provided to CLRD patients;
•Raise awareness of CLRD, its risk factors, and best-practice management guidelines to the greater community;
•Advance and support CLRD research efforts in Arizona through increased public awareness and facilitation of participation in those efforts;
•and Provide a platform inclusive of all CLRD stakeholders, which will strengthen community partners and allow for community collaboration.

Our Executive Committee

Toni Rodriguez, EdD, RRT, FAARC, Gateway Community College, BEAZ Coalition Chairman
Candace Alexander, American Lung Association in Arizona
Cristine Berry, MD, MHS, Arizona Respiratory Center, Tucson
Scott Cerreta, COPD Foundation
Julie Finke, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Jan Karlbon, Patient Representative
Stacey Mortenson, American Lung Association in Arizona
Julie Reid, American Lung Association in Arizona
Alicia Simpson, PhD, RRT, Simpson Consulting
Derek Strader, Banner Boswell Medical Center
Corin Walters, MSHE, RRT, RCP, AE-C, AstraZeneca

Join the Breathe Easy Arizona Coalition
Interested in joining the Breathe Easy Arizona Coalition and reducing the impact of CLRD in Arizona through effective, accessible prevention and care? Please click here. If you prefer to contact us by phone, please click here. We look forward to hearing from you.