Foundation Hosts Southeast Regional Summit to Identify Strategies for Overcoming the Burdens of COPD

November 08, 2010

ATLANTA, GA—November 2, 2010—Representatives from professional organizations, government agencies, patient advocacy groups, and managed care providers along with people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) will convene at the Southeast Regional COPD Summit to collaborate on ways to tackle the growing burden of COPD in local communities. The Summit will be held on Monday, November 15 at the Atlanta Airport Marriott starting at 8AM.

Keynote speaker Congressman John Lewis, 5th Congressional District, Georgia will address the need for sustainable strategies to tackle COPD, the nation’s fourth leading cause of death. The Southeast Regional COPD Summit will include representatives from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi.

“This Summit featuring local and national speakers offers states a platform to share ideas and enhance their approach through collaboration,” said Miriam O’Day, senior director of public policy, COPD Foundation. “The upcoming Summit is an opportunity to hear from and meet with government officials, public health professionals, insurers and managed care, COPD experts and patients.”

Attendees also will identify key opportunities to reduce the burden of COPD, form a regional collaborative to carry efforts forward, and learn how to partner with others to improve lives, save money and prevent the burden of COPD from growing.

The COPD Foundation is pleased to support an event that brings together patients, health care providers, policy makers, managed care professionals and representatives from the pharmaceutical industry to engage in a critical dialog to establish a COPD action plan in this region,” said John Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation. “This is the first regional summit convened and we are extremely pleased that representatives from all of the states’ health departments and other stakeholder groups are joining together to address COPD head on.”

Further details on location and timing:

Southeast Regional COPD Summit
Monday, November 15, 2010
8AM – 4:30PM
Atlanta Airport Marriott
4711 Best Road, Atlanta, Georgia

About the COPD Foundation The COPD Foundation is dedicated to developing and supporting programs which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The COPD Foundation has several programs dedicated to informing, empowering, educating, and engaging individuals affected by COPD, including both diagnosed and undiagnosed individuals, their families and friends, and their medical professionals.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only chronic disease growing in mortality. It affects approximately 24 million Americans but only 12 million are diagnosed. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and adult onset (refractory) asthma. Symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing, and chronic coughing. For more information about COPD, visit our website or call 1-866-316-COPD (2673).