The COPD Foundation is pleased to announce IMPACT 2020, a two-day virtual advocacy event taking place September 22-23, 2020. This is an exciting opportunity for all members of the COPD community to encourage U.S. Congress to support policies that can improve the lives of people living with COPD and ultimately find a cure.

IMPACT 2020 will help you improve your advocacy, storytelling and relationship-building skills while preparing you for a day of virtual meetings with members of Congress and their staff. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, no travel to Washington, D.C., is required. Everything can be done from the comfort of your own home as long as you have access to a computer and a telephone, and there is no cost to participate in this program.

The COPD Foundation’s four advocacy priorities this year are:

  1. Support Fiscal Year 2021 funding for CDC program to combat COPD
  2. Join the Congressional COPD Caucus
  3. Continue suspension of Medicare competitive bidding for oxygen supplies during COVID pandemic
  4. Add pulmonary rehabilitation codes to Medicare telehealth services during COVID pandemic

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events All IMPACT 2020 advocates are strongly encouraged to attend all webinars and training sessions. If you are unable to join a session “live” please know that all will be available as recordings for viewing at a time more convenient for you.

Thursday, August 13, 6:00-6:30 p.m. EDT – Introductory Webinar

Learn more about IMPACT 2020 and how you can become a participant in this exciting program. To view the recording, click here.

Thursday, August 27, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EDT – Advocacy Training Session #1

Learn about the COPD Foundation’s policy priorities and why advocacy is so important in driving Congress to consider and advance these policies.

Thursday, September 3, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EDT – Facilitated Storytelling

Broadcast of a facilitated storytelling training session conducted by Spitfire Strategies during IMPACT COPD 2019 event.

Thursday, September 17, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EDT – Advocacy Training Session #2

Learn more about how you can use your personal story of your experiences with COPD to emphasize the need for the policies discussed in Advocacy Training Session #1.

Tuesday, September 22, 3:00-5:00 p.m. EDT – IMPACT 2020 Workshop

Main workshop including practice sessions, logistics and final preparations for Congressional meetings taking place the following day.

Wednesday, September 23, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. EDT – Congressional Meetings

Meetings with members of Congress and their staff via telephone; participants will be given an individual schedule for their time and dial-in details.

Additional Information

To learn first-hand what it means to be a COPD advocate, watch this Facebook Live interview between Stephanie Williams, Senior Director of Community Education Programs, and John Linnell, Wisconsin State Captain. Click here to view Become a COPD Advocate and Make and IMPACT!

Take your advocacy to the next level by joining us for IMPACT 2020! Click here to register today! Registration closes August 25, 2020.