From generating media attention, hosting screening events, and convening COPD coalitions to disseminating materials and even driving traffic to the campaign Web site -- our partners are engaged, active, and working hard to spread the word about COPD.
The American Thoracic Society put COPD on the forefront of the agenda at the 2008 International Conference in Toronto by inviting COPD patient advocate Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, to deliver the President’s Lecture to its membership on May 20, 2008. This marked the first time this lecture has been delivered by a non-medical professional.
Dey, L.P., and the COPD Foundation are supporting the development and distribution of an awareness kit for health care providers. The kit contains materials for use in physicians’ offices and waiting rooms, including the COPD Learn More Breathe Better educational video, fact sheets for patients and those at-risk, a resource card for health care professionals, and a materials order form. Kits will be delivered by Dey’s sales force to 30,000 health care providers nationwide in June 2008.
The Illinois COPD Coalition, convened by the Respiratory Health Association of Metro Chicago (RHAMC), introduced a new statewide plan to address COPD at a press conference in Chicago. James P. Kiley, PhD, Director of the Division of Lung Diseases at NHLBI, and patient advocate Grace Anne Dorney Koppel were among the presenters at the launch. The strategic action plan seeks to stem the growth of new cases, reduce mortality rates, and improve quality of life for the more than 500,000 Illinois residents currently living with COPD and incorporates the distribution of co-branded COPD Learn More Breathe Better materials.
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