Pulmonary Education Program (PEP)

Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PEP)

Individuals with COPD who participate in pulmonary rehabilitation are actively working to improve their lives through exercise and education in order to achieve effective health management. The COPD Foundation supports these efforts by providing educational materials, resources and support to pulmonary rehabilitation facilities, free of charge.

In addition to resources used in the course of Phase II Pulmonary Rehab, PEP offers the On Track health management program to pulmonary rehab graduates. On Track helps individuals with COPD maintain the gains they made in rehab so they may stay as healthy, active and independent as possible over the long term.

Participating pulmonary rehab centers will be asked to complete a brief quarterly survey providing feedback on their use of the program.

PEP provides:

  • High-quality, up-to-date, disease-specific patient education materials, free of charge
  • On Track, post graduation call program with support, encouragement and information for individuals with COPD who have completed a PEP Pulmonary Rehab program.
  • Professional development for PEP Pulmonary Rehab staff
  • Peer support from Health Care Professionals for PEP Pulmonary Rehab staff
  • Assistance with hosting a COPD Education Workshop in PEP Pulmonary Rehab communities (select locations)

We are proud to announce that we have reached our PEP enrollment goal of 250 pulmonary rehabilitation programs! Unfortunately, enrollment is now closed to programs in most states. However, consideration for enrollment remains open to qualified pulmonary rehabilitation centers in Washington, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Vermont.

To enroll in PEP a Pulmonary Rehab Center must be a Medicare-qualified Phase II outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program providing comprehensive COPD management education; and must be a hospital-based or Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF). The Pulmonary Rehab center must provide comprehensive education along AACVPR guidelines. AACVPR pulmonary rehabilitation certification is not required, but is strongly encouraged.

If you are interested in enrolling your Pulmonary Rehab program in PEP or being added to the waiting list, contact jmartin@copdfoundation.org. Participation in PEP, for a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center as well as for individual patients, is free of charge.

PEP Materials

The COPD Foundation provides COPD educational materials to PEP Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs at no charge for materials or shipping. Many COPD Educational materials seen here are available free of charge from our Online Catalogue.

Pulmonary Rehab Staff Kitplus

  • Big Fat Reference Guide® (BFRG) book
  • COPD Community Education Workshop Manual
  • Support Group Instruction Kit
  • COPD Pocket Consultant Guide for Health Care Professionals
  • COPD Assessment Test (CAT)
  • COPD Information Line Cards
  • Sit and Be Fit for COPD Exercise DVD
  • AARC Professional Aerosol Guide
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Toolkit: Guidance to Billing for G0424
  • AACVPR PR Fact Sheet
  • Alpha-1 Health Care Professional Guide
  • COPD Advocate Flyer

Patient Welcome String Bagplus

The Patient Welcome Gym Bag is for patients diagnosed with COPD who are beginning participation in Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

  • Set of Slim Skinny Reference Guide® (SSRG) booklets, the ten most salient topics on COPD written at a 6-8th grade literacy level. Fun to read and easy to learn.
  • Slim Skinny Reference Guide® (SSRG) COPD in the Hospital and the Transition Back to Home.
  • Patient Welcome Letter
  • “Start Your Engines” Checklist
  • Patient Folder
  • Report Exacerbations Card
PEP Gym Bag

Patient Graduation Kit for Pulmonary Rehab Graduatesplus

  • Sit and Be Fit for COPD exercise DVD
  • Live Your Life with COPD: 52 Weeks of Health Happiness and Hope book
  • Optimal Care for COPD: Including Getting the Most Out of Your Medications
  • Winner’s Circle Graduation Letter and Certificate
  • Patient Graduation Folder
  • Patient Advocacy and Hierarchy Flyer
  • COPD Registry Brochure
  • AARC Patient Aerosol Guide
  • COPD Foundation Contribution Card
PEP Grad Folder

PEP Webinars and Workshops


The COPD Foundation PEP staff hosts quarterly webinars for health care professionals working in PEP Pulmonary Rehab Centers. Attendance is not mandatory, but highly encouraged. These webinars include PEP news and updates as well as a special topic focused on helping health care professionals in their work in Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

COPD Community Education Workshopsplus

As a participant in the Pulmonary Education Program, select Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs may partner with the COPD Foundation to offer a COPD Community Education Workshop in their local community. Workshop sites are based on geographic location, ability of the Pulmonary Rehab Center to dedicate staff and resources to the event, and a history of previous events.

Both patient and professional tracks are required. Speakers from a variety of fields share their knowledge to a potential of 200 patients, caregivers and health care professionals. Continuing education credits for health care professionals are available.

COPD Foundation COPD Support Group Network

Breathing Support Groupsplus

While most breathing support groups address the needs of pulmonary patients with a variety of lung diseases, the COPD Foundation’s COPD Support Group Network offers specific tools and resources designed for individuals impacted by COPD, a unique and complex disease. The COPD Foundation can help you establish a breathing support group, or if one is already in place in your organization, to help you make it even better.

The COPD Foundation has no intention of excluding those with other lung disorders from joining a support group. Support group leaders are encouraged to seek materials and resources for those members with lung diseases other than COPD.

Harmonicas for Health: PLB – Play, Live, Breatheplus

The Harmonicas for Health: PLB – Play, Live, Breathe program offers individuals impacted by COPD an opportunity to:

  • Practice safe and helpful breathing techniques in a fun way
  • Participate in a group activity
  • Provide entertainment and enjoyment to themselves and others

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PEP Downloads

Download the
PEP Executive Summary

Supplemental Oxygen Guide PDF


Download the
PEP Program Report

Physician Certificate PDF