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.

Breathe New Hampshire released the second of two COPD Issue Briefs called - Landscape of COPD in NH Issue Brief 2014

Breathe New Hampshire also recently published a NH COPD Plan in November 2014

Breathe. Move. Live...& Go Orange™!

 What is Team Orange? - A program encouraging those with lung conditions to move more, so they can breathe and feel better!  

Why Orange? - Orange is the national color for COPD awareness, currently the third leading cause of death in the U.S. 

Who Can Join Team Orange? -Anyone living with a lung condition or those wishing to support them (family, friends, caregivers, etc.) 

How Can I Join Team Orange 2015?  - Contact Breathe New Hampshire at 603-669-2411 or 1-800-835-8647 or email

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

Join the New Hampshire Youth Network! Participate in, organize, and lead activities in your community.

There are numerous volunteer opportunities available.

Posted on: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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