Meet Your COPD Foundation Captains!

COPD Foundation 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. If you are interested in joining our group of volunteers, click here.

If you'd like to speak with a COPD Foundation Captain directly, please email and we will connect you with the Captain in your area of interest.

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller Profile Photo Charleston, SC

I am a nurse scientist and Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and have spent my career working with patients with chronic respiratory disease. While completing my doctorate at the University of Florida, I was particularly interested in dyspnea (difficulty breathing) and how this symptom affects people. My patients and research participants have shared their experiences with their disease and how it affects their lives and daily activities. It is really distressing to not be able to breathe, and many people with chronic respiratory disease must plan their lives around this. This led me to my current work on ways to improve self-management and access to specialized care and education for patients with COPD, including the use of technology to monitor and manage COPD.

I work with a fantastic research team of nurses, physicians, and scientists, and together we have developed and tested technology-enhanced interventions for management of chronic respiratory disease. My work is focused on self-management of COPD using technology and improving access to telehealth in rural areas of South Carolina. I hope to work with the COPD Foundation on advocacy for increased funding for COPD-related research and appropriate coverage and reimbursement for telehealth services, especially in rural areas.


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!