Professional Promotion

AARC promotes programs and policies that benefit patients, their families, and the respiratory therapist.

Government Representation

AARC has staff members who work for you in Washington, DC, and help the Association leaders plan strategies for introducing legislation and influencing regulatory activities. We also have a well-organized Political Advocacy Contact Team, a group of over 100 respiratory therapists who are trained in lobbying and mobilizing their states’ members to advocate for respiratory therapy issues. Learn more about AARC advocacy efforts.

AARC Capitol Connection

To allow our members to comment and contact their members of Congress easily and with confidence on the issues, we maintain AARC Capitol Connection, an emailing system that allows members to write their views and offer their support on certain issues.

Public Relations

AARC represents you to the media, other organizations, the general public, and the health care industry. We have become the recognized leader and expert on respiratory care issues by such publications as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and HealthWeek. Additionally, we send press releases recognizing the people and projects of our organization to local media to garner attention.

Liaison Activities


AARC appoints representatives to all accrediting, credentialing, standards, medical, regulatory, and legislative organizations that may have an impact on your profession.

Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

The purpose of the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition program is to help consumers make choices about their health care by recognizing hospitals, home care and long term care centers that promote patient safety by providing access to respiratory therapists to deliver their care. The AARC maintains and publishes a database of facilities that meet the program requirements. This list is posted on our web site for consumers, YourLungHealth.org.

YourLungHealth

The AARC’s consumer website, YourLungHealth.org, gives news and information to patients and their families on lung health. Included on the site is AARC’s online magazine, Allergy and Asthma Health.

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