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What Do We Do, As Kids Return to School?

As our children return to classrooms all around the country, there are certainly important key thoughts we should keep in mind that will help us as parents, teachers, physicians, and adults that care about young lives. All indicators point toward the reality that youth vaping is on the rise. Youth data on e-cigarette use in 2021 has been dismissed by the FDA. It simply did not reflect current use. What we did see was when students returned to the classroom in the fall of 2021, an overwhelming amount of reports from school administrators of youth vaping were received. Sales of disposable vape products have been on a major rise and vape detector sales are increasing dramatically in schools.  Every indication is the same for this year. This week, a middle school principal told me that because of security issues, they began doing searches of every student’s bookbag.  What they found blew me away. They found a vaping device in over 95% of all bookbags and they returned the devices to the students!

So, what do we do with this knowledge?

First, model behavior. Do you know the #1 predictor of whether a youth will smoke or vape? It is if a parent or close family member does. If you smoke or vape, quit. The Breathing Association can help you.

Second, do your homework, so you understand what these products are and can share the health effects that concern you.  In other words, know what you are talking about.

Third, Start early. We know some youth are beginning to use in elementary school. Also, this is not “THE TALK”, this is using situations in which you see vaping. Maybe you see someone vaping in a car next to you and start a conversation. Talk with, not at youth. Ask a question, and then listen.

There will be many other tools we will discuss over time this coming year. Do keep this in mind, if you have a young person in your life that is using a nicotine product, be patient. We’ve never seen a product as addictive as the new disposable e-cigarettes. Relapse is normal, it takes most people many attempts to quit nicotine.

2022-09-22T16:24:50-04:00September 22nd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Elevating New Moms Smoking Cessation for Mother’s

Improve the health of your baby and earn up to $1,000!

If you’re an expectant mother or a mother of a child under one year of age and you’re a smoker or live with a smoker, you’re invited to join Elevate, a new infant vitality program sponsored by The Breathing Association in partnership with Celebrate One.

Elevate is a three-year study that will research how smoking, either directly or second hand, affects infant vitality. Over the course of nine months, healthcare professionals will periodically monitor you and your baby’s health and provide smoking cessation and other resources.

To SIGN UP and be a part of this program, please email Davan O’Reilly at

If you have and questions about the program, please email our Director of Lung Health Center, Alisha Hopkins at

2022-09-23T11:09:12-04:00September 12th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Breathe Easy Dinner on the Bridge

Friday, September 16

Join us for an evening of fun with friend that benefits charity care in our Lung Health Clinic.

You and your guest(s) will be delighted! Enjoy a getaway like no other when you hop on an authentic San Francisco style trolley, leaving from the Dalton Union Winery and set out for the picturesque Pottersburg Covered Bridge, where you will be treated to a truly unique dining experience. Delight in a delicious meal on a historic bridge, soak in the serene countryside, enjoy live music and the company of new found friends. After dinner, you will return to Dalton Union Winery to enjoy a glass of one of their signature beverages. Our Mobile Medical Unit will be onsite, available for touring as well!

Please arrive at Dalton Union Winery & Brewery no later than 6:00pm. The winery opens at 2pm – arrive early for pre-dinner drinks!

Expect to return to Dalton Union Winery & Brewery by 9:30pm

Proceeds benefit the services of the Lung Health Center at The Breathing Association, helping people live better lives by breathing better for over 115 years.

Handicap accessibility?
The bridge is, and will have handicapped port-a-john facilities, however the trolley itself is not handicapped accessible. Please let us know if you or your guest need assistance with a handicapped accessible option.

Does the Bridge have a Restroom Facility?
Yes, accommodations are available, the Bridge does not have running water but we have planned ahead and there will be portable toilets on site.

What should I wear?
Attire is casual. As the Pottersburg Bridge is an outdoor venue and can be breezy at times, we recommend that you bring a jacket or wear extra layers, if desired.

What is the purchase policy? Can I get a refund once purchased?
Due to the nature of the events, no refunds or credits will be given if the participant is unable to attend.

What is your weather policy?
All events proceed rain or shine. Although the Pottersburg Bridge is covered, we recommend that you dress for inclement weather. In the case of an event being postponed due to circumstances beyond our control, the Union County Convention & Visitors Bureau will reschedule said event and all purchases will be honored for the rescheduled future event date. No monetary refunds will be issued.

May I park at the Pottersburg Bridge, if I’m mostly just interested in the dining component of the experience?
As parking is limited and often unsafe, we do not allow participants to park at the Pottersburg Bridge. Please park your vehicle at Dalton Union Winery and enjoy the total experience.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
Yes, please indicate any dietary restrictions in the comments section when making your reservation and we will attempt to accommodate your request by emailing Jennifer at

Are the Dine on a Covered Bridge events family-friendly?
Although we enjoy showcasing the fun family-friendly options in Union County, the new Dine on a Covered Bridge Trolley Tour Series is an adult-focused event.

Will there be beverages available for purchase?
We are unable to serve alcoholic beverages on the Pottersburg Bridge. Each attendee will receive a beverage token for use at Dalton Union Winery. Additional drinks are available for purchase as well.

What can’t I bring to the event?
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • Outside alcohol
  • Outside food and beverages
  • Glass containers
  • Cans
  • Weapons (i.e., knives, pepper spray, stun-guns, any concealed weapons, firearms, etc.)
  • Illegal drugs
  • Fireworks, smoke bombs, etc.
  • Unapproved pamphlets, handouts, advertisements, etc.
  • No Pets, but notify us if you require a service animal

Ticket packages are now sold out. Thank you to all who purchased tickets. We look forward to seeing you at our #BreatheEasyDinner

2022-09-02T17:09:56-04:00June 6th, 2022|Uncategorized|

SummerFest 2022

Mark your calendars, SummerFest 2022 is July 1! The Breathing Association is hosting this free event to highlight the services and programs available in our community.

Meet your neighbors, local leaders, representatives from nonprofits and utility companies, business owners, government officials, and more. Our Mobile Medical Unit will provide medical services, and you can apply for the HEAP Summer Crisis program.

Plus, there will be free food and drinks, giveaways, a kid’s area, and more!

Friday, July 1

9am – 3pm

The Breathing Association
788 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Columbus, Ohio

2022-06-06T09:18:41-04:00June 4th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Thank you, Franklin County Commissioners

The Breathing Association was awarded a $50,000 grant by the Franklin County Commissioners, and we would like to thank them for their continued support in helping us serve thousands of families around Franklin County. It means a lot for our organization!

2022-05-12T10:12:46-04:00May 12th, 2022|Uncategorized|

We’re excited to announce that we have added a new board member to our team, Tiffany Olverson!

We’re excited to announce that we have added a new board member to our team, Tiffany Olverson!

Tiffany is a Manager of Meter to Cash at NiSource. Her strengths include problem solving, communication skills and organizational proficiency. When asked what her “why” is for joining The Breathing Association Board, she said: “I was recommended by my organization to apply for board membership.  The Breathing Association has been an organization who takes great pride in the customers they serve.  The mission not only addresses breathing safely, The Breathing Association addresses the issue holistically.”

We look forward to the expertise she will bring to our team!

2022-05-12T10:11:00-04:00May 12th, 2022|Uncategorized|

This Mother’s Day, Make An Impact

Celebrate the Breathing Association’s 115th anniversary this Mother’s Day with a special bouquet designed by our partners at DeSantis.

Mother’s Day has been a very special tradition for our organization for over 100 years. Our founder, Carrie Nelson Black, was a Victorian woman ahead of her time. As a visionary and civic leader, she motivated others to share her passion of caring for the “sick poor,” all while never drawing a paycheck.

A mother of three children, Mrs. Black prevailed upon Governor Judson Harmon in 1911 to issue the first Mother’s Day Proclamation in Ohio. This year, we honor her legacy by raising funds for the populations Mrs. Black deeply cared for!

Celebrate all of the moms in your life with a beautiful bouquet from DeSantis Florist.

Bouquets are $115, and all proceeds help us create a world where people breathe easier! Please make your tax-deductible gift (*) with a specially designed Breathing Association bouquet from DeSantis Florist.

 (*) Regarding your payment, 50% is a tax-deductible gift and the other 50% goes toward the value of the flowers plus deliver. The Breathing Association is a non-profit organization 501 (c) (3).

2022-05-12T10:01:37-04:00May 12th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Free COVID-19 Vaccines

Free COVID-19 Vaccines

The Breathing Association will be administering free COVID-19 vaccines to the community in February and March! Just as our X-ray Cruiser increased access to tuberculosis diagnostic tests in the 1950s, today our Mobile Medical Unit is increasing access to lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free. Getting a vaccine is a safer way to build protection than getting sick with COVID-19, and getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Vaccines will be available at the Nelson Park Apartments on February 26 and at The Academy for Urban Scholars on March 24.

Saturday, May 21st  


220 W Johnstown Road Gahanna, OH 43230 (East)

Didn’t make it to our Mobile Medical Unit while it was in your community? No worries! You can still receive a FREE COVID-19 Vaccine at Our Lung Health Clinic.

Click here for more information to visit our Lung Health Clinic
2022-05-16T11:59:14-04:00February 24th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Welcome Dewitt and Rebeccah!

We’re excited to announce that we have added two new board members to our team, Dewitt Harrell and Rebeccah Dolbow!

Dewitt Harrell is the Chief Administrative / Chief Financial Officer at PrimaryOne Health, the second largest federally qualified healthcare centers in Ohio. He is responsible for Finance, Accounting, Budgeting, Grants, Procurement, Human Resources, Billing, Information Technology, Compliance, Facilities, 340B Pharmacy and Managed Care functions

He is actively involved in the community and serves on several boards: Gahanna Jefferson Education Foundation, Workforce Development Board formerly Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation /OhioMeansJobs – Past Chair, and the City of Gahanna Tax Appeal Board.

Dewitt’s Why:To volunteer time and expertise for a very worthy cause of saving lives; to provide advisory support to help provide high quality services to the most vulnerable in our communities; to share board level experiences to support the chief executive and administrative team to be successful.”

Rebeccah Dolbow currently works at BORROR Resources as the Director of Human Resources. There she leads as a trusted HR advisor and partner to understand employee needs, customizes approaches and implements solutions that drive business objectives and employee retention, with proven success during a world health pandemic. 

Rebeccah’s Why: “I am honored to join the Breathing Association Board of Directors because the work that this organization is completing to better the breathing health of the communities we serve is inspirational and quite personal to me. Having experienced significant issues with my respiratory system, I recognize how imperative it is to diagnose and treat pulmonary issues quickly. Being able to give back to the community in this capacity would be truly impactful.”

2022-02-24T14:19:37-05:00January 4th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Check us out in the Columbus Dispatch’s Guide to Philanthropy 2022 annual publication!

Learn a little more about The Breathing Association on pages 26-27 of the 2022 issue.

Click the link below to access the digital Guide.

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2022-01-04T09:05:56-05:00January 4th, 2022|Uncategorized|
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