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:
Click here for additional ideas on planning your event.
- 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 http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/copd/index.htm.
Plan 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.
- Encourage 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.