COPD National Action Plan:
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COPD & Rural Health: A Dialogue on the National Action Plan Workshop


Organization: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
Start Date: 03/2018
End Date: 03/2018
Primary Goal: Goal 4: Increase and sustain research to better understand the prevention, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD.
Secondary Goal(s):
  • Goal 2: Improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD by improving the quality of care delivered across the health care continuum.
  • Goal 5: Translate national policy, educational, and program recommendations into research and public health care actions.
  • Help expand, coordinate, and optimize COPD research efforts
  • Improve methods for earliest detection and diagnosis and develop effective strategies for preventing the onset and progression of COPD
  • Promote research that can lead to strategies that help prevent the onset and progression of COPD and improve the quality of COPD care and management
Collaboration: We worked alone
Activity Type: Patient education, Event, Health care delivery, Provider education, Research, Policy/advocacy

Activity Description

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, is a leading cause of death in the United States, with more than 150,000 deaths annually. Nationwide millions are affected by the disease, which imposes an enormous burden on individuals with COPD, their caregivers, and the nation’s health care system, especially in rural communities.

The COPD National Action Plan, the first-ever blueprint for a multi-faceted, unified fight against the disease, provides a comprehensive framework for action by those affected by the disease and those who care about reducing its burden. This one-day, in-person meeting will bring together rural health and COPD experts to further the dialogue on how to address the goals and objectives of the COPD National Action Plan from a rural perspective and move toward its implementation by identifying challenges, opportunities, and resources; exploring solutions; sharing best practices; and fostering collaboration. A report will be developed and a webinar will be held later in the summer to summarize key findings from the meeting that can be referenced as organizations move toward implementation of the National Action Plan in rural communities.


General Audience: Patients, Caregivers or family members, At-risk populations, General public, Health professionals, Researchers, Policymakers/advocates
Focused Audience: n/a
Program Reach: National
Type of Area: Rural
Setting: Community, Health care, Workplace, Online

Cost and Funding Sources

The workshop was funded through the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Impact Analysis

The Recorded Session: COPD & Rural Health: A Dialogue on the National Action Plan, has been viewed a total of 740 views (424 Live, 316 On-demand).

Advice or Lessons Learned


Contact Information

Sarah Olscamp
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
Program Analyst