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COPD National Action Plan: Accepting Public Comment


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, COPD, is the third leading cause of death in the United States and poses an immense burden on individuals and health care systems. The NHLBI, with input from federal and nonfederal partners, is developing a COPD National Action Plan to guide stakeholders nationwide in their efforts to reduce the burden of COPD.

The NHLBI is asking the public to review and provide feedback to the main section of the COPD National Action Plan. Following this public comment period, the NHLBI will compile a final COPD National Action Plan that also includes information about the disease and additional resources. The full document will be publicly available. To have your comments considered, please respond by October 28, 2016.

The COPD National Action Plan is currently divided into five goals. Each of the goals has a dedicated page for review and to provide comments. You may provide feedback by filling out the comment field at the bottom of each of the Action Plan's goals or by emailing You may provide input to all five goals or only select sections. In addition, we welcome any comments, information, or suggestions about organizations that should be part of the Action Plan and its implementation.

COPD National Action Plan Goals:

  • Goal 1: Empower people with COPD, their families, and caregivers to recognize and reduce the burden of COPD.
  • Goal 2: Improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD by promoting and sustaining the education and training of health care professionals.
  • Goal 3: Collect, analyze, disseminate, and report COPD-related public health data that drive change and track progress.
  • Goal 4: Increase and sustain research to better understand the prevention, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD.
  • Goal 5: Translate national policy, educational, and program recommendations into legislative, research, and public health care actions.

Relevant Organizations:

  • Relevant Organizations: Additional comments, information, or suggestions about organizations that should be part of the COPD National Action Plan.


Download the Full COPD National Action Plan

To download the draft COPD National Action Plan in its entirety, please click here. To submit comments on the full draft, please email


Background: About the COPD National Action Plan

Early in 2016, more than 200 attendees — including patients, caregivers, health care providers, industry, academic leaders and federal partners — participated in the first-ever COPD Town Hall Meeting and helped lay the groundwork of the COPD National Action Plan. Currently, no national plan exists. The COPD National Action Plan will help provide states across the country a unified and comprehensive plan to reduce the burden of COPD.

Stemming from the COPD Town Hall Meeting, the draft COPD National Action Plan was drafted. To develop the strongest COPD National Action Plan, we look forward to your feedback and suggestions.

Watch Day 1 and Day 2 of the COPD Town Hall.

Day 1 Video Recording | Day 2 Video Recording

Contact and Privacy Information: We are requesting your comments for the COPD National Action Plan. All of the fields in the response are optional and voluntary. Any personal identifiers will be removed when responses are compiled. Please provide your name and email address so that we can follow up with you should we have any questions regarding your submission. If you are a member of a particular advocacy or professional organization, please indicate the name and primary focus of the organization (i.e., research support, patient care, etc.) and whether you are responding on behalf of your organization. If not, please indicate your position within the organization.

The information you provide may be disclosed to NHLBI staff and contractors working on our behalf. Submission of this information is voluntary. However, the information you provide will help us develop a more complete COPD National Action Plan. Further, contact details will allow us to follow up with you should there be any questions to your feedback.


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