Awards and Recognitions

COPD360social Blog Named Best COPD Blog of 2016

COPD360social Blog Named Best COPD Blog of 2016 by HealthLine

The COPD Foundation’s COPD360social blog has made Healthline's list of the Best COPD Blogs of 2016. Healthline's editors selected each winner based on their reach to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high quality information. The COPD Foundation’s blog is an integral part of the COPD360social collaborative networking platform hosted on the Foundation’s website. The blog highlights common lifestyle questions, research news, advocacy opportunities, and inspiring stories from our community members. Follow the blog and join the COPD360social community here.


COPD Foundation and Evidera win the Best Personalized Medicine Advance or Application Award at Informa’s inaugural Clinical & Research Excellence Awards.

CARE Awards Winner - 2016_Best Personalized Medicine

COPD Foundation and Evidera won the Best Personalized Medicine Advance or Application Award at the first annual Clinical & Research Excellence Awards.

The Clinical and Research Excellence Awards – or CARE Awards – honor those who work in clinical research and development to make human lives better with new medicines. Run by Informa’s Pharma Intelligence, they are celebration of the brilliant minds, strategic thinkers and risk takers who bring the hope of good health to humankind.

The Best Personalized Medicine Advance or Application award recognized the efforts of a company working in the expanding and promising field of personalized medicine.

The judges said this exemplified a successful public-private collaboration that established the first qualified biomarker for a clinical indication under the FDA’s Drug Development Tool program.

Read the full press release here.


Aesculapius Awards of Excellence for 2015

Health Improvement Institute

Aesculapius Awards of Excellence for 2015 were announced by Dr. Peter G. Goldschmidt, President and Founder of the Health Improvement Institute. The recipient of the 2015 Aesculapius Award of Excellence for health related websites was COPD Foundation for its COPD360social website at www.COPD360social.org.

A panel of judges, representing the health care, web publishing, and multimedia fields, evaluated entries. The annual award is named for the ancient Greek god of healing, Aesculapius. This award was established by the Health Improvement Institute, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization based in Bethesda, Maryland, to promote informed consumer lifestyle choices and health care decisions.

"People need reliable information about lifestyle and health care choices presented in an appealing way. The Aesculapius Award is designed to promote and to encourage excellence in the communication of good information about healthy lifestyles, disease prevention, and health care treatments," said Dr. Goldschmidt. “This year's awards continue the very high standard of creativity and quality that we have seen since the awards began. We are delighted by the wide variety of organizations that chose to submit entries this year. We congratulate the winners of our Award of Excellence.” - Dr. Peter G. Goldschmidt, President of the Health Improvement Institute.


COPD Foundation Awarded Certificate of Appreciation by Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

COPD Foundation Awarded Certificate of Appreciation by Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Washington, D.C., April 17, 2015 – The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today awarded the COPD Foundation the “Champions of Coverage” certificate of appreciation. CMS aims to inform millions of uninsured individuals and families about the online Health Insurance Marketplace, which provides more plan choices and helps lower the costs of insurance. Champions of Coverage organizations support CMS with promotion of the Marketplace to their networks and communities.

“The COPD Foundation has played a vital role as a Champion for Coverage, helping to connect uninsured individuals and families in their community with important information about Health Insurance Coverage, 2015 Marketplace Open Enrollment,” said Susie Butler, Director of the Partner Relations Group at CMS.

CMS is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services and is responsible for the management of federal healthcare initiatives. The COPD Foundation is proud to partner with CMS in this endeavor, and will continue to educate the COPD community about available resources.


COPD Foundation Accredited with the National Health Council Standards of Excellence Certification

Washington, D.C., December 10, 2013 – The COPD Foundation today announces they have been accredited with the National Health Council (NHC) Standards of Excellence Certification, NHC’s adopted set of operating practices for maintaining organizational effectiveness and public stewardship—the highest accreditation an organization can receive in the voluntary health sector.

“Accreditation by the NHC is the highest quality measure that a health-related non-profit can achieve,” said Craig Kephart, Executive Director of the COPD Foundation. “This milestone gives our donors and constituency additional confidence that we are good stewards of their generous contributions.”

According to the NHC, the standards “cover the areas of governance, human resources, programs, fundraising, finance, accounting and reporting, and evaluation. These standards are completely aligned with, but more extensive than, the Standards for Charitable Accountability adopted by the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance (WGA). By looking for the Standards of Excellence logo on an organization’s website or materials, the public can identify patient organizations they can trust.”

NHC is a non-profit organization whose core membership includes the nation’s leading patient advocacy organizations, which control its governance. NHC brings together diverse stakeholders within the health community to work for health care that meets the personal needs and goals of people with chronic diseases and disabilities.

“We are pleased to join the ranks of voluntary health agencies that have been reviewed and passed the scrutiny necessary to achieve the NHC’s accreditation,”said Kephart.

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Aesculapius Award of Excellence 2013

Health Improvement Institute

The Aesculapius Award of Excellence 2013 was announced December 5, 2012 by Dr. Peter G. Goldschmidt, President and Founder of the Health Improvement Institute.

The COPD Foundation received the Award of Excellence for health-related website: www.COPDFoundation.org.

"People need reliable information about lifestyle and health care choices presented in an appealing way. The Aesculapius Award is designed to promote and to encourage excellence in the communication of good information about healthy lifestyles, disease prevention, and health care treatments," said Dr. Goldschmidt. “This year's awards continue the very high standard of creativity and quality that we have seen since the awards began. We are delighted by the wide variety of organizations that chose to submit entries this year. We congratulate the winners of our Award of Excellence.”

A panel of judges, representing the health care, web publishing, and multimedia fields, evaluated entries. The annual award is named for the ancient Greek god of healing, Aesculapius. This award was established by the Health Improvement Institute, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization based in Bethesda, Maryland, to promote informed consumer lifestyle choices and health care decisions.


Aesculapius Award of Excellence 2012

The Aesculapius Award of Excellence 2012 was announced December 5, 2012 by Dr. Peter G. Goldschmidt, President and Founder of the Health Improvement Institute.

The COPD Foundation received the Award of Excellence for health-related television public service announcements, for its DRIVE4COPD campaign.

"People need reliable information about lifestyle and health care choices presented in an appealing way. The Aesculapius Award is designed to promote and to encourage excellence in the communication of good information about healthy lifestyles, disease prevention, and health care treatments," said Dr. Goldschmidt. "This year's awards continue the very high standard of creativity and quality that we have seen since the awards began. We are delighted by the wide variety of organizations that chose to submit entries this year. We congratulate the winners of our Annual Award and Award of Excellence."

A panel of judges, representing the health care, web publishing, and multimedia fields, evaluated entries. The annual award is named for the ancient Greek god of healing, Aesculapius. This award was established by the Health Improvement Institute, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization based in Bethesda, Maryland, to promote informed consumer lifestyle choices and health care decisions.

About Health Improvement Institute

Health Improvement Institute is a non-profit, tax exempt, 501(c)3, charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality and productivity of America's health care. The Institute's principal program objective is to provide information to enable people to make informed health care choices. The Institute establishes guidelines, evaluates the quality of health information on the Internet, conducts forums and workshops, and sponsors national awards programs to recognize excellence. For more information, visit www.hii.org.


Strengthening the Patient Advocacy Community

Three New VHAs Achieve Initial Standards of Excellence® Certification

The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF), the Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (FIRST), and the COPD Foundation all recently completed the requirements for the Standards of Excellence® certification program. In order to meet these standards, voluntary health agencies must comply with a set of good operating practices, which cover areas including governance, programs, fundraising, accounting and reporting, evaluation, human resources, and finance.

NHC Chief Executive Officer Myrl Weinberg said, “We are delighted that IDF, FIRST, and the COPD Foundation have joined the list of the nation’s leading national patient advocacy organizations that meet the highest levels of transparency, accountability, and ethical practice.” She explained the NHC’s Standards of Excellence Certification Program® goes beyond the requirements of many charity watchdog groups and is unique to the patient advocacy community. “By meeting these Standards, these voluntary health agencies assure the public that they are organizations that patients can trust and are worthy of the public’s support.”


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