Silver Spring, Md. (June 8, 2017) – PHA is the proud recipient of an award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) President’s Staff Award. PHA will use this one-time award of $25,000 to collect data through its Pulmonary Hypertension Care Center (PHCC) program’s Pulmonary Hypertension Association Registry (PHAR) to analyze the impact and benefit of pulmonary hypertension (PH) patient support groups.

With the grant, PHA will add questions about support groups to the PHAR patient survey to better understand the differences between patients who participate in support groups and those who do not. The award will be pivotal in moving this previously unstudied area of research forward and improving understanding of the role of support groups in patient quality of life.

PHA thanks Pat and Walter Overchalk, who were the inspiration for this award. PHA is grateful to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for supporting our vision of a world free of PH, empowered by hope, and the Overchalk family for their generosity.

About the Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is the country’s leading pulmonary hypertension organization. PHA’s mission is to extend and improve the lives of those affected by PH; its vision is a world without PH, empowered by hope. PHA achieves this by connecting and working together with the entire PH community of patients, families; health care professionals and researchers. For more information and to learn how you can support PH patients, visit and connect with PHA on Twitter and Instagram @PHAssociation and on Facebook at




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Pat and Walter (right) with members of the Delaware Valley Support Group – Pat, who is living with PH, and her husband Walter, were guests of PHA Board member Colleen Connor, who is also a PH patient, at PHA’s Hope for a Cure Gala in Philadelphia in 2015.