COPD National Action Plan:
Community Action Tool
Discover the progress the COPD community has made toward implementing the goals and objectives in the COPD National Action Plan.

COPD and the Benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation


Organization: US COPD Coalition
Start Date: 07/2020
End Date: 07/2020
Primary Goal: Goal 1: Empower people with COPD, their families, and caregivers to recognize and reduce the burden of COPD.
Secondary Goal(s):
  • Goal 3: Collect, analyze, report, and disseminate COPD-related public health data that drive change and track progress.
  • Increase the effectiveness and variety of outreach communication campaigns and activities that utilize evidence-based approaches to raise awareness of COPD, particularly among those at high risk, and help people diagnosed with COPD manage the disease
  • Expand opportunities to increase COPD awareness across the public-private spectrum
  • Facilitate dissemination of data and analyses. Report the prevalence of COPD in accordance with the requirements of public health and health care organizations
Collaboration: Brian L. Tiep, M.D. - Director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Director of Smoking Cessation ~ City of Hope in Duarte, California
Activity Type: Patient education, Provider education

Activity Description

This webinar focused on helping patients and their caregivers understand COPD and how to stay healthy, particularly as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our guest speaker was Brian Tiep, MD. Dr. Tiep, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on chronic lung disease, discussed COPD and related conditions and the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation practiced on a daily basis – which he stresses is particularly important at this time of COVID-19.


General Audience: Patients, Caregivers or family members, Health professionals
Focused Audience: n/a
Program Reach: National
Type of Area: Urban, Suburban, Rural
Setting: Online

Cost and Funding Sources

Minimal cost, as all speakers volunteered their time.

Impact Analysis

There were 104 individuals registered for the live webinar. The recording of the webinar has had an addition 34 views to date.

Advice or Lessons Learned

Encourage participants to submit questions in writing in advance and during the webinar. Doing so allowed the participants to get their questions answered, while also keeping the flow of the webinar consistent, as the speakers did not have to stop to answer questions in real time. Answers to any questions that were not answered live due to time constraints were posted on the USCC website, along with a video recording of the webinar.

Contact Information

Keith Siegel, MBA, RRT, CPFT, FAARC
US COPD Coalition
Executive Director