Meet Your State Advocacy Captains!

State Captains are volunteers with COPD, caregivers, friends and family members or healthcare providers who use their contacts and talents and partner with the COPD Foundation to serve as state and community leaders.

Captains promote the importance of becoming a part of the COPD community. They work to spread COPD awareness in their state and local areas, mentor fellow COPD community members, and participate in online and in-person grassroots advocacy and community building activities focused on health policy issues that are important to those who have COPD. To learn more about becoming a state captain in your area please email

Joan Agee

Joan Agee Profile Photo Lenore, Idaho

As State Captain I hope to raise awareness of COPD and proven methods to reduce readmissions. In addition, patient self-management education using teach-back methods is effective in supporting patients with COPD.

My proudest COPD moment was the publication of my manuscript in the January 2017 Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA), describing the successful outcomes of a nurse-led COPD readmission reduction project.

Some of my advocacy work includes, creating a Quality Improvement project with the goal of reducing COPD readmissions as my scholarly project in partial fulfillment of completing my doctorate of nursing. I have also collaborated with Qualis QIO on preparing a Squire report for CMS regarding reducing COPD readmissions in my community.

My inspiration to share is, after completing a literature review to determine successful interventions in decreasing COPD readmissions, I found a common theme in the literature. It demonstrates that patients that have COPD are not aware they have the disease or what it means to have the disease. Therefore, the motto of our hospitals became, “no patient who has COPD will be discharged from St. Joseph Regional Medical Center without knowing he/she has COPD or what it means to have COPD”. We ensure this happens by implementing a standardized pathway upon the a patient's admission which includes a patient self-management education program.


COPD Foundation State Captain Program Informational Video

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 for questions and to start the onboarding process today!