Most of the public does not even know what COPD stands for, let alone its risk factors (like smoking, vaping, air pollution), treatment options, or how policies impact the millions of people in the COPD community. But COPD advocates across the country are changing this by spreading information at health fairs, calling and writing to elected officials, inspiring fellow community members, speaking at support groups, hosting fundraisers, and much, much more.
If you want to do something to raise awareness for COPD and ways to treat or prevent it, we need you and we will help you do it.
Learn how you can get involved:
The COPD Foundation is looking for new State Captains to join our community to be champions for promoting COPD awareness, improving quality of life for those with COPD, to participate in research opportunities, policy, and much more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and to start the onboarding process today!
What do our State Captains Work On?
Research Champions: Supports the integration of the patient perspective into all stages and types of research and facilitates opportunities to grow and/or use the COPD Patient Powered Research Network.
Community Connectors: Serve as an ambassador for COPD by educating the general public about COPD and connecting the patient and caregiver community to the resources available through the COPD Foundation to help them improve their quality of life.
Policy Champions: Advocate for COPD policy issues at the state and federal levels through building relationships with elected officials and promoting grassroots advocacy campaigns.
Health Care Professional Connectors: Elevate health care professional’s knowledge about patient-centered diagnosis of COPD and care practices, while connecting them to the COPD Foundation community and the resources available for them and for their patients.
Resource Champions: Contribute to COPD Foundation’s ability to meet un-funded mission-centered needs by facilitating fundraising opportunities and encouraging community members to undertake their own efforts.
Community Mentors: Shape the face of the COPD community through high profile written features, speaking opportunities and individual mentoring efforts with new volunteers.