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Go Orange for COPD Awareness Month

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November marks COPD Awareness Month - a unique opportunity for our community to join together to educate the public about a disease that affects 300 million people worldwide. Orange is the official color of COPD awareness - Go Orange!

John Linnell Goes Orange for COPD Awareness

Join the COPD Foundation by celebrating COPD Awareness Month with our worldwide network of partner organizations, pulmonary support groups, families, friends - and most importantly - individuals living with COPD.

Excited to get involved? Here's how:

  • Take the #GoOrange Challenge by visiting Submit a photo of you and your friends, family members, and pets wearing orange and share it with our COPD360social community. The photo with the most "Likes" will win a $250 Amazon giftcard;
  • Visit our Events Calendar to find a workshop, conference, Breathe Strong Rally, or Harmonicas 4 Health class in your area at;
  • Download and share our #GoOrange social media toolkit, which includes informative statistics and facts that you can use to educate your friends and family. Use the #GoOrange hashtag to share the messages online with your social network;
  • Tell your story and start a donor campaign to help the COPD Foundation find a cure for COPD! Learn how create a donor page by visiting:;
  • The COPD Digest can now be found online! Read the latest here.

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Categories: COPD Foundation Initiatives and Activities

November marks National COPD Awareness Month!

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We are thrilled to announce the launch of National COPD Awareness Month on November 1, an internationally-recognized event held annually to enhance exposure around chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Throughout the month, the COPD Foundation will partner with respiratory health organizations to host various online and in-person activities that will allow COPD community members to rally, inform, and support one another.

There are many ways to get involved:

    COPD Awareness Month
  • Create a profile on our online community, COPD360social: the best way to connect with new friends who understand COPD.
  • Participate in the Twitter Chat of your choice. Providers are urged to participate in the #COPDChat, November 9 at 12 p.m. ET to talk about management, resources, and treatments. Patients and caregivers are encouraged to join us and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for the #Voices4COPD chat on November 18 at 2 p.m. ET.
  • Download the COPD Awareness Month social media toolkit to inform and educate your social network about the #MeAndCOPD campaign. It comes complete with infographics, sample posts, and fact-sheets for you to share.
  • Enter to win $250 and join the Patient-Powered Research Network, a new and easy way to help guide future COPD research.
  • Attend the Air Affair Gala to Benefit the COPD Foundation or plan a Breathe STRONG event in your town!
  • Submit your photo to the Faces of COPD digital mosaic - an online dedication to the millions of individuals affected by COPD. Stay tuned for updates and notifications around the final digital unveiling of the mosaic later in November on COPD360social.
  • Participate in the U.S. COPD Coalition meeting on November 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET. Register here to join the meeting via webinar.

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PRAXIS: Prevent and Reduce COPD Admissions through eXpertise and Innovation Sharing

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This blog post was written by Kristen Willard, Director of Health Outcomes at the COPD Foundation.

The COPD Foundation is excited to announce the launch of PRAXIS (Prevent and Reduce COPD Admissions through eXpertise and Innovation Sharing), a new initiative for healthcare providers, health systems administrators, and policy makers created to improve COPD care across the continuum and reduce preventable hospital readmissions. The site will go live on Monday, September 28, 2015.

COPD-related exacerbations cause approximately 800,000 hospitalizations and 1.5 million emergency room visits annually. In 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) to reduce the risk of hospital readmissions in patients hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction, pneumonia or heart failure. In October of 2013, the CMS HRRP was expanded to include hospitalizations for COPD exacerbations.

Following this announcement, the COPD Foundation held a multi-stakeholder National COPD Readmissions Summit to brainstorm ways to reduce hospital readmissions in patients hospitalized for COPD exacerbations. Five main themes emerged from the summit, including; COPD cannot be ignored by health systems, communities and future research initiatives; initiatives to reduce readmissions must be focused beyond just 30 days to make a meaningful impact on patient outcomes; community and the patient voice must be recognized throughout these efforts; interventions will need to be tailored to the settings in which they implemented; and the system needs infrastructure to promote and sustain collaboration.

The mission of PRAXIS is to prevent and reduce hospital admissions through expertise and innovation sharing.

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