History

The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest (ALAUM) maintains offices in seven states, including two in Illinois. Our mission, “Better Air for Better Breathing”, is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy.  

Since 2006, the ALAUM has been working to help save lives by educating people about the dangers of radon gas. The ALAUM has developed partnerships with organizations concerned with radon levels in buildings and homes across the country: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Midwest Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists and several others. These partnerships have led to various outreach programs with quantifiable outdoor air pollution emissions reductions and indoor air quality improvements.

The ALAUM continues to develop and launch several successful programs to combat radon levels across the country, including the Iowa Radon Hotline available to the general public for answering measurement and mitigation questions. In addition to teaching radon measurement and mitigation courses, our staff has conducted tests in schools, homes and businesses, presented at national radon conferences and administers an annual video and poster contest to educate children about the dangers of radon.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Measurement and mitigation professionals save lives by providing timely testing and mitigation to those with an invasive radon problem. The ALAUM is a leading expert in the radon industry with a dedicated staff of certified measurement and mitigation professionals. Click here for more information about how you can become a radon professional.