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Advocacy


The Cystic Fibrosis Center of Chicago is an active advocate for the CF community at large as well as individuals and families affected by this condition. Dr. Boas and the Cystic Fibrosis Center of Chicago accomplish this though their own efforts and also by being major supporters of the Glenview-based not-for-profit Cystic Fibrosis Institute, (CFI). This not for profit cystic fibrosis foundation supports major CF initiatives as well as offering clinical assistance to those in need, advocating on behalf of individuals with CF and their families, engaging in research, evaluating new and cutting edge CF treatments, and offering educational programs. An annual fundraising campaign made possible by the generosity of so many enables us to perform this vital mission. Our efforts on behalf of the CF community have provided invaluable assistance and we look forward to continue serving this mission.     


Local

The Cystic Fibrosis Center of Chicago Advisory Council is dedicated to meeting unfilled needs of patients and parents alike. This highly enthusiastic volunteer panel of patients, parents, and other volunteers  continues to develop new projects designed to help their local CF community. Our efforts have covered an incredibly broad spectrum from securing medications for those without adequate insurance coverage to providing mentorship for individuals and families dealing with the everyday struggles of life with cystic fibrosis.

Regional

Dr. Boas serves on the Illinois Department of Public Health Subcommittee for Newborn Screening which successfully lobbied for mandatory screening for cystic fibrosis. In addition, we are very active in local CF Foundation activities and have contributed and supported Great Strides and other fundraisers.

National

Through service on national committees such as the American Association for Respiratory Care, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the International Exercise Working Group for CF, Dr. Boas lends his voice in advocating for cystic fibrosis- related public policy, development of position statements, and creation of educational opportunities for the public and healthcare workers. Dr. Boas is a driving force in educating the healthcare community on all aspects of cystic fibrosis.

 


The Cystic Fibrosis Center of Chicago can offer an incredible array of support services. Examples of just some of them are noted below:

Mentorship Program

Connecting one on one. Mentors are people who have been there and complement social work and psychological services.  Mentors offer real life solutions to the day to day challenges cystic fibrosis presents.

Some of the areas that our mentors have provided assistance on include: teen, college, and adult challenges; digestive care issues including g – tube; participation in sports; dating and interpersonal relationships; and the newly diagnosed.

Psychological Services

Cystic Fibrosis affects the whole person, physically and psychologically. Behavioral issues can affect adherence to treatment regimens and access to mental health services may be required.

Nutritional Supplements

Cystic Fibrosis can affect digestion and may lead to chronic malnutrition. Access to nutritional supplements for those who are unable to afford the cost is available through a grant from CFI.

Medications

Navigating the world of health insurance can be challenging for anyone, especially someone affected by cystic fibrosis. Through its partnership with CFI, assistance may be available to ensure that necessary medications are received.

The Cystic Fibrosis Center of Chicago, in collaboration with The Cystic Fibrosis Institute has a network available to help meet the needs of all of these complicated issues.


Dr. Boas and the CF Center of Chicago were instrumental in Illinois’ adoption of mandatory CF screening for newborns. In conjunction with this legislative breakthrough, Dr. Boas has implemented The Newborn Screening Consultation program, which provides immediate access and consultation for any infant who screens positive for cystic fibrosis.

Dr. Boas has an active voice in advocating on public policy issues affecting cystic fibrosis. Additionally, Dr. Boas is active in the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Association for Respiratory Care.

Our efforts have spanned international borders. A young girl with cystic fibrosis from Mexico came to Chicago for the sole purpose of seeking treatment from Dr. Boas. Affordability was an issue and Dr. Boas provided care at no cost to the family.

Our efforts also have a face. Danny is a young man who has cystic fibrosis. But Danny is also an athlete who successfully completed the Chicago Marathon and who, with our assistance, trained to compete in an Ironman triathlon. The Cystic Fibrosis Center of Chicago helped to refine and maximize Danny’s training efforts. Danny is living proof of what can be achieved with the backing and assistance of The Cystic Fibrosis Center of Chicago. 

Another young adult with cystic fibrosis, Dan, has also been able to accomplish great things.  Recently, he climbed to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. While Dan did all of the work and training, Dr. Boas and The Cystic Fibrosis Center of Chicago team help assist him in his journey.