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 Healthcare Provider’s Toolkit


Organization: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Start Date: 04/2021
End Date: Ongoing
Primary Goal: Goal 2: Improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD by improving the quality of care delivered across the health care continuum.
Secondary Goal(s):
  • Goal 1: Empower people with COPD, their families, and caregivers to recognize and reduce the burden of COPD.
  • 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
Collaboration: We worked alone
Activity Type: Patient education, Material or product, Provider education

Activity Description

The Learn More Breathe Better® program’s COPD Digital Resource Toolkit for Health Professionals was originally offered as a box of printed materials, many of which were for providers to pass through to their patients. In 2022, Learn More Breathe Better updated this resource in response to needs expressed by healthcare providers and changes in the science.

The updated digital adaptation of the Toolkit includes resources to help patients and their families and caregivers learn more about COPD including risk factors, signs and symptoms, treatment options, and more. Resources include:

• A Quick Guide on COPD
• Living Better with COPD
• COPD: Better Talk Means Better Treatment
• What You Say Makes a Difference
• Pulmonary Rehabilitation: A Path to Breathing Better
• Continuing Medical Education (CME) Resources


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

Cost and Funding Sources

This activity was funded through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Impact Analysis

In process

Advice or Lessons Learned

Research showed that nurse practitioners, nurses, and respiratory therapists across primary care, in-patient, and long-term care settings appreciate visuals they can use with patients during a visit, as well as electronic or hard copy information they can send home with them (especially low-literacy information). The revamped digital toolkit was developed with these insights in mind.

Contact Information

Neyal Ammary-Risch
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Team Lead, Health Education and Research Dissemination