5 goals to keep in front of you
by Kristin Easterline

Who Has COPD?
COPD timeline


  1. Empower people with COPD, their families and caregivers to recognize and reduce the burden of COPD.
  2. Improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of COPD by improving the quality of care delivered across the health care continuum.
  3. Collect, analyze, report and disseminate COPD-related public health data that drive change and track progress.
  4. Increase and sustain research to better understand the prevention pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and management of COPD.
  5. Translate national policy, educational and program recommendations into research and public health care actions.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

The Congressional COPD Caucus urged the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a plan to tackle COPD in the United States.

In early 2016, a COPD Town Hall meeting consisting of federal partners, patients and their families drafted objectives, strategies and benchmarks for the plan’s primary goals.

Visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-pro/resources/lung/copd-national-action-plan for more information.