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NHLBI funds 9 organizations to improve awareness of COPD
Date:3/31/2011

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Public education recipients include:

  • Breathe New Hampshire, Bedford
  • American Lung Association in New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • American Lung Association of West Virginia, Charleston
  • American Lung Association National Office, Washington, D.C.
  • St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur, Illinois

This is the second year that the NHLBI has funded community awards to extend and broaden the reach of the national campaign effort. Through the community-based network and COPD Learn More Breathe Better campaign resources, the NHLBI expects to build capacity to confront the disease at the local level and enable COPD coalitions and task forces in several states to increase their outreach efforts.

Since the campaign began in 2007, the NHLBI has been fortunate to have a variety of partners. In just over four years since the campaign launch, more than 50 organizations in 30 states have initiated local COPD education programs or convened state and regional coalitions.

The NHLBI COPD Learn More Breathe Better campaign provides education materials, a website (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/lung/copd/), and additional communications tools for community partners. The campaign targets the needs of the public, including those at risk for COPD, people with COPD who are undiagnosed, and those already diagnosed with the disease. The campaign also focuses on reaching health care professionals, specifically primary care providers, to promote early detection, proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.


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Contact: NHLBI Communications Office
nhlbi_news@nhlbi.nih.gov
301-496-4236
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