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NHLBI's COPD Learn More Breathe Better® Program Awards Subcontracts to Advance Outreach and Education

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is expanding our COPD Learn More Breathe Better® program by supporting more organizations committed to the education and understanding of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD.

This year, as part of our community partner subcontractor program, six organizations have been identified for support in raising awareness about COPD, the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. The organizations will perform education activities that help the public better understand the disease and its risk factors; address the benefits of early detection and treatment; and encourage action. The awards are also aimed at helping further the goals of the COPD National Action Plan.

Nationwide, more than 16 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, but millions more have the disease and don't realize it. With the recent release of the COPD National Action Plan, people who care about decreasing the burden of the disease are putting an increased focus on awareness, and through its subcontractor program, NHLBI is supporting those efforts at the state and community levels.

The six organizations receiving support will conduct education activities in their states and bordering communities, including in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. All are experienced in educating populations in their regions about lung disease.

The organizations participating in this year's program are:

This is the fourth time the COPD Learn More Breathe Better program is funding organizations for geographically targeted community-level awareness efforts. COPD Learn More Breathe Better and the NHLBI expect these new groups will continue expanding our capacity to address the burden of COPD at the local level and increase our impact on the ground.

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For more information on the COPD Learn More Breathe Better program and COPD visit COPD.nhlbi.nih.gov.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) COPD Learn More Breathe Better® program supports each subcontractors’ outreach and educational efforts. NHLBI is not responsible for the content shared by subcontractors during the duration of the subcontract program.