Drug Use & Asthma
Join us as CAC launches our new programming series: Lunch and Learn! These days, schedules seem to be more packed than ever; but learning more about asthma management doesn't have to take hours. On the Third Wednesday of each month at noon, we'll be hosting a 30-minute, informal Zoom group with an expert in the field of asthma to educate and answer questions around asthma and issues that can affect those living with it. Lunch and Learn is free and open to all, and designed to be valuable for everyone, from experienced healthcare workers to community members looking to improve their ability to care for themselves and their loved ones.
April's Lunch and Learn topic is Drug Use and Asthma! We will be joined by presenters Rachael Morkunas, MPH, and Erin Virgo of the Respiratory Health Associations to learn about the intersection between health concerns related to drug use - particularly smoking and vaping tobacco and cannabis - and how they can affect and interact with asthma.
This event is FREE to attend for all, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link!
Rachael Morkunas, MPH
Rachael Morkunas, MPH is an accomplished public health professional passionate about program management and connecting individuals to education and resources to live their healthiest lives. With diverse experience in program planning, implementation and evaluation and a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain organizational and interprofessional relationships, she is focused on creating effective health programs and partnerships. Her research and work interests are focused on addressing barriers to overall good health, particularly barriers to healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as healthy eating and physical activity. As Senior Program Manager at Respiratory Health Association, Rachael oversees the Coordinated Asthma Care program, which aims to to increase asthma awareness and provide comprehensive care for students with asthma, and COPD research and education.
Erin Virgo, MPH, MSW
Erin is a Program Director at Respiratory Health Association (RHA). She joined the organization in 2021, and currently leads the Lung Health Programming, including asthma management, tobacco cessation, COPD, and other educational content areas. Additionally, Erin is responsible for mentoring, grants management, strategic planning, and leading various multidisciplinary teams at RHA. Erin is passionate about the intersection of public health and advocacy and works to amplify impacted peoples’ voices in order to create positive change in both their lives and the overall health of the community.