US COPD Coalition

Second National COPD Conference Recap


The Second National COPD Conference was held on December 2nd and 3rd, 2011, in conjunction with COPD7USA. The Second National COPD Conference was developed to bringing together individuals with COPD, healthcare professionals, government agencies, and advocacy organizations to collectively look back, assess our progress, and plan a path forward.

The First National COPD Conference, held in 2003, spurred nearly a decade of progress in COPD awareness, diagnosis and treatment, research, and education efforts. The Second National COPD Conference sought to achieve four goals: assess the progress that has been made; produce a series of new recommendations reflecting the gaps that still remain; organize collaborative action teams to address the identified gaps in each area; provide patient organizations, state coalitions, public health professionals, and clinical leaders with the tools to take action in their local communities and organize.

The Conference tackled topics such as: progress in patient outcomes, achievements of state COPD coalitions, and public policy progress. Senator Mike Crapo, co-chair of the Congressional COPD Caucus, addressed conference participants encouraging them to participatet in COPD advocacy while pledging to continue his work of organizing his colleagues to join the Congressional COPD Caucus. Other notable speakers included: James Kiley, PhD of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; Byron Thomashow, MD of Columbia University; and Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, COPD patient advocate.

The conference organized into plenary sessions and smaller workshops to facilitate discussion. During these workshops COPD patients from across the country were able discuss advocacy strategies, the daily challenges of COPD, smoking cessation, spirometry testing, and more. Thanks to the support of the COPD Learn More Breathe Better Campaign, representatives from state coalitions and COPD organizations were in attendance to share their experiences, learn new strategies to assist with the implementation and funding of their activities and network with new partners. This diverse community came together on the final day to put forth some recommendations for the U.S. COPD Coalition and all partners to use as a guide for action in the coming years.

A full list of recommendations was presented via webinar in conjunction with LMBB. As the Coalition comes together again in May for its semi-annual business meeting, members, patients, caregivers and all those willing to participate will form action teams to ensure the Conference leads to the next decade of progress.

To view conference recommendations and the audio recording from the LMBB webinar please click the following links:

Last December the COPD Foundation and the U.S. COPD Coalition proudly hosted COPD7USA and the Second National COPD Conference, respectively. COPD7USA was a multi-disciplinary CME conference for healthcare professionals while the Second National COPD Conference developed to bring together, patients, healthcare professionals, government agencies, and advocacy organizations in order to review progress made in diagnosis, management, education ,research and public policy and identify gaps that still remain in each area. Thanks to the world class faculty and engaged participants both conferences were a great success. The pairing of these two conferences ensured all members of the entire COPD community were represented and were able to share experiences and expertise.

The COPD Foundation and the U.S. COPD Coalition are pleased to present select speaker presentations in audio and/or .pdf format. Thank you to the all volunteer faculty who traveled to Washington from across the United States and throughout the World and who have allowed us to make their presentations available free of charge in order to ensure the COPD Community at large is able to benefit from the conference proceedings.

What Type of Infromation is Available?

  • Audio recordings of select conference sessions
  • PDF files of select presentations
  • E-program book
  • E-abstract book

How Do I Access the Conference Information?

Conference Attendees:

Sign in into the COPD7USA conference website using the same user name and password that you created to register for the conference. If you do not remember your username or password, click “forgot password.” You will not be able to create a new account using the same user name that you used in order to register for the conference.

COPD Community at Large

Create a new user name and password on the registration page and retain this information in order to view the conference content.

The COPD Foundation and the U.S. COPD Coalition would like to thank everyone who participated in COPD7USA and the Second National COPD Conference. We were extremely pleased to see so many members of COPD community together and thank you all for making both conferences a success. We will look forward to seeing you all in Chicago for COPD8USA in 2013!

Conference Co-Chairs

Second National COPD Conference Co-Chairs

David Mannino, M.D.
University of Kentucky Medical Center

John Walsh
COPD Foundation

Barbara Yawn, MD
University of Minnesota

Second National COPD Conference Planning Committee

Sam Giordano, MBA
American Association for Respiratory Care

Robert Senior, M.D.
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Byron Thomashow, M.D.
Columbia University/NY Presbyterian Hospital

Second National COPD Conference Planning Committee Liason Member
James Kiley, Ph.D.
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute