Member Profile

Breathe New Hampshire

Our Mission

To eliminate lung disease and improve the quality of life for those living with lung disease in New Hampshire.

Who We Are Today

Breathe New Hampshire is a well-established, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has become an integral part of New Hampshire's public health landscape, focusing on critical issues related to lung health, such as tobacco use, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma, air quality and lung cancer. We provide educational programs, and support public health advocacy and scientific research focused on preventing, eliminating, and treating lung disease.

Our staff of 10 is augmented by a network of more than 200 active volunteers, including a dynamic 10-member Board of Directors. In addition, our work has benefited from the involvement of students from Plymouth State University, the University of New Hampshire, Colby-Sawyer College, Dartmouth College and Harvard University.

Our History

Founded in 1916 by Dr. Robert B. Kerr as the New Hampshire Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis, our original mission was to stop the spread of tuberculosis, a disease now largely under control in this country. We began operating as the New Hampshire Lung Association in 1973 to address a broader array of lung health issues as chronic lung diseases such as asthma, COPD and lung cancer increased. Read more.

Our Values

Responsible – We approach our work with honesty and integrity and are accountable and credible in all we do.  

Responsive – We listen, respond, and advocate, addressing issues in effective and innovative ways. 

Collaborative – We value the contributions of others and build community connections and develop relationships to reach common goals.


  • 160 attendees
  • Partnership with Foundation for Healthy Communities. 
  • 8 sponsors/exhibitors for the event
  • NH COPD PLAN 2.0
  • April 11th meeting plan with all the workgroups to review and refresh current plan
  • Examine National Plan vs. NH Plan
  • 2 short presentations at beginning and then workgroup brainstorming sessions

Team Orange

  • March 11-17 Kickoff coincided with Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week - 11 sites with nearly 300 participants

         COPD Patient Empowerment Series

  • May 23rd at Nashua Senior Center
  • Goal to reach 30 to 40 participants through joint marketing with Southern NH Health
  • Keynote speaker (Albee Budnitz, MD) and breakout sessions for patients – Living with Chronic Illness/Community Resources, oxygen, medications, nutrition

Support Groups

  • Manchester group continues meeting monthly; variety of guest speakers

Vaping Unveiled

  • New Program about teens and vaping intended for parents, educators, community members with funding support from NH Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Program (NH TPCP)

CATCH® - CATCH My Breath Youth E-cigarette Prevention Program – Breathe NH partnering with CATCH as the NH CATCH My Breath Champion to help implement program into local schools

Bag the Butts

  • $2,500 sponsorship from NH TPCP to support 2018 statewide initiative and expansion
  • New this year – Breathe NH hosting event on Friday, April 13th from 12-4 PM at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Manchester.

People can learn more about Breathe New Hampshire by visiting our website -

There are numerous volunteer opportunities available.

Posted on: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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