COPD National Action Plan Released
U.S. COPD Coalition members applaud the release of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes's COPD National Action Plan. Coalition partners played a key role in the development of the plan and were present at its unveiling at the American Thoracic Society's conference in Washington, DC on May 23rd.
"Sixteen million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD and many more have the condition but don't know it," says Timothy Myers, MBA, RRT-NPS, FAARC, who attended the event on behalf of the American Association for Respiratory Care. "This action plan addresses many of their unmet needs in a systematic fashion and will assist clinicians and researchers working to address those needs."
Alpha-1 Foundation President and CEO Henry R. Moehring also attended the Action Plan's launch. Moehring praised the collaborative approach used in developing the document. "The Alpha-1 Foundation is grateful to the NHLBI for leading the effort to draft this plan and appreciates being included as a stakeholder in the process...The patient voice is strong in this document. We participated in the Town Hall, submitted comments and questions, and attended meetings with NHLBI. The plan reflects the voice of our community."
The U.S. COPD Coalition and it member organizations will continue to work hard to achieve the goals set forth in the Action Plan. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.
U.S. COPD Coalition partners will be invited to participate in a special roundtable breakfast discussion on July 28th before COPD10usa kicks off to discuss the COPD National Action Plan and early priorities for implementation.