NDSRC Legislative Action

Val Tomhave and Sandi Sanford - North Dakota Society of Respiratory Care

I hope this message finds you well! I emailed you a couple of times and unfortunately I haven't heard back yet. My name is Virgil Anderson. I came across your website and thought you might be interested in my message.
I was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
It is my goal to help inform and educate people around the world about my condition. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is closely related to mesothelioma in that they are both chronic lung diseases. Many people with mesothelioma also have COPD, especially if they are smokers. When I was diagnosed I found help at mesothelioma.net. They have an abundance of resources for people like myself, who are suffering from cancer. Because they have helped me I am now paying it forward and helping others in the cancer community.

They have posted a peer reviewed article about COPD here: https://mesothelioma.net/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease/
Would you be so kind as to share a link to that article on your website? My goal is to educate the public on the dangers of asbestos and let people with asbestos diseases know there is help available to them !
I feel it is my duty to give back to the community--to inform people with asbestos diseases of all the different options for post-therapy treatment and wellness.
I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!

Legislative Links

AARC Capitol Connection

North Dakota State Government

What is PACT? Click here for more information

Due to growing public scrutiny of health care and respiratory care, in 1999 the AARC launched a Political Advocacy Contact Team to advocate public policies that will have a positive impact on the respiratory care community. PACT members interact with local, state, and federal government officials on public policies that affect our patients and our profession.

As an advocate for our members, the AARC does more than simply “watchdog” issues. The AARC aggressively advocates for the recognition of the value of respiratory therapy and therapists in all areas of public policy.

Across the country each state has two PACT representatives. These PACT representatives coordinate PACT efforts within their state by communicating with state PACT members as significant issues arise.

The AARC's goal is to have two respiratory therapists and one patient contact in each of the 435 Congressional Districts across the country. Val Tomhave and Sandi Sanford are the North Dakota PACT co-chairs.