On June 18 and 19, 2019, COPD champions will converge in Washington, DC for two days of training, relationship building and advocacy. IMPACT COPD includes an interactive training workshop, networking opportunities at an evening reception, and visits with congressional offices on Capitol Hill.
Has COPD touched your life? Patients, caregivers, family members, healthcare professionals, and anyone who cares about improving COPD outcomes can play a role in driving change in communities and in state and federal policies. The COPD National Action Plan laid out an aspirational plan for achieving better awareness and patient empowerment, improved access to quality healthcare, a stronger public health infrastructure, expanded research investments and effective policies and practices throughout society.
If we are to achieve meaningful progress towards these and other goals, YOUR voice must be heard. Advocacy is no longer just about speaking up to support policy changes. Stakeholders, such as those who develop drugs and devices, design healthcare and make regulatory and reimbursement policy, are looking to infuse the patient, caregiver and healthcare professional's perspectives into their work in a meaningful way.
Let’s seize this opportunity to inspire action in COPD by building skills, sharing experiences and going to Congress to highlight the critical needs in the COPD community.
IMPACT COPD will start on June 18th with a full day training workshop.Topics will include;
- how the patient voice can be infused into the research and treatment development and approval process
- critical policy issues such as treatment access issues, research funding and the COPD National Action Plan
- what the latest evidence says about comprehensive COPD care
- hone your advocacy skills through practical media and storytelling training
- tips for hosting community events and using available tools such as the COPD Pocket Consultant Guide
An evening reception will follow the workshop, and on June 19th, advocates will converge on Capitol Hill to speak up for the critical needs facing the COPD Community.
Join us at this inaugural event and get the tools you need to return to your community and take your advocacy to the next level! If you are interested in participating in IMPACT COPD, please complete the Interest Form and a COPD Foundation staff member will be in touch with further details.
IMPACT COPD Interest Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IMPACTCOPD
DOWNLOAD THE IMPACT EVENT DETAILS (PDF)