Resolution 322, Designating November 2011
as COPD Awareness Month passed unanimously in the Senate this past November, led by the Congressional COPD Caucus Co-Chairs, Senator Michael Crapo (R-ID) and co-sponsor Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL).
Collaboration is the theme this fall as two
COPD Summits will be held in November in
Massachusetts and Atlanta. Only a comprehensive
approach will help fight the burden of COPD, a
premise for both events.
By Lori Palermo, COPD Advocate
When I lost my dad, Wayne A. Litzenberger, in
December 2003 to COPD/Emphysema, I set
out on a mission to not only educate individuals
living with COPD and their families and caregivers,
but also to spread COPD awareness to the public
through all media efforts.
By Beth Labasky, Director of State Government Relations for the COPD Foundation.
Joe LaMountain knows the benefits of getting people motivated and involved. In his latest venture on Capitol Hill, hes spearheading an effort to garner support for Congress to appropriate $1 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to invest in a national COPD action plan in the Chronic Disease Division. To make that happen requires a chorus of voices.
The COPD Foundation has started a nationwide, grassroots
membership campaign for the Congressional COPD Caucus.
COPD is a public health epidemic. It continues to damage the
lives patients and their families. Until every member of Congress
recognizes this growing health problem, it will be hard to
make strides toward improving the lives of patients with COPD
on a national level. There are one hundred senators serving in
the U.S. Senate, two from each state. There are 435 representatives
serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, with a varying
number from each state. That totals 535 possible members
in for the Congressional COPD Caucus.