The COPD Foundation Joins the National Effort to Reduce the Burden of COPD

May 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 22, 2017 – The National Institutes of Health in a collaborative effort with representatives from across the entire COPD community released the COPD National Action Plan. This first-of-its-kind document provides a unified framework to guide stakeholders nationwide in their efforts to work together to positively impact the effect of the disease

The COPD National Action Plan follows the COPD Town Hall held in 2016 where patients, caregivers, government representatives, and medical professionals convened to address the disparities in government funding of prevention, treatment, and research around chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The COPD Foundation has long advocated for the need to create a comprehensive Action Plan to tackle the national epidemic. COPD is a lung disease characterized by an increasing inability to breathe and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Five overall goals are addressed in the Action Plan:

  • Goal 1: Empower patients, their families, and caregivers to recognize and reduce the burden of COPD
  • Goal 2: Equip health care professionals to provide comprehensive care to people with COPD
  • Goal 3: Collect, analyze, report, and disseminate COPD data
  • Goal 4: Increase and sustain COPD research
  • Goal 5: Turn COPD recommendations into research and public health care actions

The goals provide the framework for public and private action to implement effective public policies for COPD and to speed progress in COPD research and care.

“The opportunity presented by the COPD National Action Plan cannot be overlooked,” said Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, President of the COPD Foundation. “For years we have fought for COPD to receive the attention and funding that its severe impact necessitates. The Action Plan will allow us to better communicate our community’s challenges, especially the disparities in funding for COPD research and the lack of public health programs to support prevention, diagnosis, and management around COPD.”

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