November is COPD Awareness Month

 Published: November 2, 2022

By: Heather Willden


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November is National COPD Awareness Month, and a great opportunity to help educate your patients about COPD.

According to the American Lung Association, an estimated 15.3 million Americans suffer from COPD, and several additional millions likely have COPD and don’t even know it. Early diagnosis and treatment can help people with COPD improve their quality of life and health.

Generate Awareness and Educate Your Community

As you treat your patients, we encourage you to take advantage of this awareness campaign and educate your community about this chronic lung disease.

AARC members have access to a variety of resources to help in outreach efforts.

The AARC will be posting COPD-related messages on our website, Facebook and Twitter throughout November. Share these posts on your communication tools or create your own messages to help spread awareness about COPD. Be sure to use the #COPDMonth and tag the AARC in your posts.

COPD National Action Plan

Unifying the fight against the disease, in 2017, the NHLBI implemented the first-ever COPD National Action Plan, a blueprint for a multi-faceted, collaborative fight against the disease. Developed at the request of the United States Congress with input from the broad COPD community, including representatives from the AARC, it provides a comprehensive framework for action by those affected by the disease and those who care about reducing its burden.

Valuable AARC COPD Resources and Tips

  • COPD Course PackageThis bundle of AARC original content focuses exclusively on caring for patients with COPD. This package contains eight AARC online courses that collectively provide you with 8 CRCE and a 10% discount over the individual courses. 
  • Pulmonary Disease Educator Course – learn about the pulmonary disease management information health care providers need to improve long-term pulmonary disease care and improve patient quality of life.
  • Alpha-1 Course – review everything from pathobiology to optimal management to emerging therapies for the leading genetic cause of COPD.
  • Guide to Portable Oxygen Concentrators – discover the information consumers may inquire about when choosing their portable oxygen delivery systems.
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Toolkit – maximize your Medicare reimbursement for this essential program for COPD patients.
  • Clinician Training on Tobacco Dependence for Respiratory Therapists – learn the skills needed to help your COPD patients achieve the number one goal in treatment: quitting smoking.
  • Three Aerosol Drug Delivery Guides to aerosol drug delivery written especially for respiratory therapists, physicians, other health care professionals, patients and caregivers.

More COPD education is available through our regular webcasts as well. Browse our Past Programs pages to find sessions we’ve already broadcast and stay tuned to Webcast Central for upcoming programs.

Email with questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you.

Heather Willden

Heather Willden is the Director of Governance and Strategic Initiatives for the AARC where she works with state affiliates as the HOD liaison. She also manages DEI efforts and strategic initiatives. Connect with her about these topics by email, AARConnect or LinkedIn. When she's not working, you can find her podcasting with her husband, exploring new hiking trails, photographing, and spending time with her family.

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