Get Involved

We're glad to see your interest in raising awareness about COPD in the United States. Educating people about COPD requires effort from patient-focused groups and health professionals alike. The support of state, city, and county public health agencies, along with professional associations and community organizations and corporations like yours is critical to elevate the national profile of COPD.

You're welcome to join in the effort in any way that suits your capabilities. Whether it's distributing program materials at a local event, or joining our Breathe Better Network as an ongoing member, every little bit helps.

If you have an interest in becoming a member of the program's Breathe Better Network®—a formalized partnership network—please click here for more information.

Below are some of the ways you can get involved with NHLBI's COPD Learn More Breathe Better® program:

  • Link to our Web site. One of the easiest ways to support COPD Learn More Breathe Better® is to link your Web site to ours. Link to
  • Event photoPlan a COPD awareness event. Whether you are planning a local or statewide event, COPD Learn More Breathe Better® has tools available from educational materials to displays. All designed to help organizations, patient groups and health care professionals spread the word about COPD. In addition to the fact sheets for patients and those at risk, and the tools for health providers, the program also offers posters to help publicize your event.

  • Partner with a hospital or community center to host an information session on COPD. The COPD Learn More Breathe Better® Speaker’s Guide includes an adaptable ready-to-use PowerPoint presentation with talking points, script, and tips for making presentations.
  • Event photoEncourage local media to cover stories on COPD or run our print and radio public service announcements. The COPD Learn More Breathe Better® online press kit is a one-stop shop where reporters can find everything they need to develop a story on COPD and the COPD Learn More Breathe Better® program. Share the link with your local TV, newspaper, and radio health reporters as well as your organization’s newsletter editors. In addition to program press releases, we’ve included matte articles and story ideas, bios of patient advocates, print and radio PSAs, and contact information for the NHLBI communications office.
Click here for additional ideas on planning your event.