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COPD National Action Plan

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is the third leading cause of death in the United States, affecting 16 million Americans and millions more who do not know they have it. COPD can stifle a person’s ability to breathe, lead to long-term disability, and dramatically affect his or her quality of life.

The COPD National Action Plan is the first-ever blueprint for a multi-faceted, unified fight against the disease. Developed at the request of Congress with input from the broad COPD community, it provides a comprehensive framework for action by those affected by the disease and those who care about reducing its burden. 

COPD National Action Plan Goals

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Empower people with COPD, their families, and caregivers to recognize and reduce the burden of COPD.
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Improve the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and management of COPD by improving the quality of care delivered across the health care continuum.
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Collect, analyze, report, and disseminate COPD-related public health data that drive change and track progress.
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Increase and sustain research to better understand the prevention, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD.
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Translate national policy, educational, and program recommendations into research and public health care actions.

This Action Plan belongs to the entire COPD community. While various stakeholders may be equipped with different levels of resources because of where they work and the organizations and people they serve, all have at least some capacity to contribute to its successful implementation. From health care providers and federal partners to advocacy groups and patients, everybody can and must play a role in supporting and moving this important plan forward.

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Outreach Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources to help promote the Action Plan and includes: tips for working with media, talking points, sample newsletter and blog text, and sample social media posts. 

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Fact Sheet

Distribute this fact sheet during conferences, professional meetings, community events, at support groups, or in clinical settings to help others learn more about the COPD National Action Plan.

CNAP Fact Sheet PDF (255KB)

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PowerPoint Presentation

Talk about the COPD National Action Plan at meetings, conferences, or during webinars using this slide set. Feel free to use it in its entirety or pick and choose the slides that are most relevant to your audience. 


Social Media Resources 

Use these shareable images to promote the National Action Plan and the prevalence of COPD in each state on social media platforms or in articles, newsletters, or websites.

Videos and Animations 

Share these videos and animations on social media or your website to help others learn about COPD, the importance of the National Action Plan, and what goals are most relevant to them.

COPD National Action Plan

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Panel Discussion to Announce the Release of the COPD National Action Plan

Video recording of a panel discussion that announced the release of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) National Action Plan during the American Thoracic Society annual meeting on May 22, 2017. Dr. Tony Punturieri from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Dr. Byron Thomashow from the COPD Foundation and Henry Moehring from the Alpha-1 Foundation discuss what the COPD National Action Plan means for patients, caregivers, health care providers, researchers and federal organizations.



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Last Updated: May 15, 2017