COPD National Action Plan


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.

In the fall of 2016, the NHLBI asked the public to review and provide feedback to the main section of the COPD National Action Plan. NHLBI is now in the process of reviewing the public's feedback and compiling a final COPD National Action Plan. The full plan will be publicly available when finalized. Though the public comment period officially closed on October 28, 2016 and NHLBI is currently revising, you may still submit comments or feedback.

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

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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 and made available for initial public review in September 2016.

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

Day 1 Video Recording | Day 2 Video Recording