State Spotlight

On the state level you can help introduce and pass state proclamations and resolutions. These often include activities such as declaring November as COPD Awareness Month, recognizing the issues associated with COPD and encouraging COPD awareness throughout the state. In 2012, 47 states passed some form of COPD legislation due to the efforts of COPD advocates like you!

COPD in Your State

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released their Behavioral Risk Surveillance Survey (BRFSS), which included questions about COPD. For the first time, we are able to see the impact of COPD in all 50 states. To see how COPD affects your state, visit our interactive map or read more about the BRFSS data in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

Has Your Governor Passed A COPD Awareness Proclamation?

Proclamations are issued by Governors as educational tools to raise awareness on issues, including public health and safety concerns. It is our goal for every state to officially recognize November as COPD Awareness Month in order to raise awareness and educate our elected officials about COPD in each state. At the end of each summer, COPD advocates mobilize to contact their governor’s office to request a proclamation. In 2012, we successfully passed proclamations in 47 states! To view the list of states that have passed COPD Awareness proclamations click here and contact Aimee Bulthuis, to receive a template proclamation to send to your governor.

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