Living Better Together COPD Conference

Respiratory Health Association is excited to announce our annual COPD awareness conference, Living Better Together, is coming back this year! Living Better Together will be held virtually on November 15th, 2023, from 9:00AM-12:30PM CST. The conference will include three expert speakers, a caregivers appreciation hour, and a chance to win a free caregivers toolkit. Join us to learn more about managing your COPD, improving your health and wellbeing, and to give appreciation to our selfless caregivers 

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Webinar: Poor Air Quality & COPD – 9:30-10:10 AM CST

Dr. Nadia Hansel, MPH: Interim Director of the Department of Medicine in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and interim physician-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital

Webinar: Stress & COPD – 10:15-10:50 AM CST

Dr. Arpi Minassian: Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, Clinical psychologist and an attending clinician in the UC San Diego Health System, and Co-Chair of the department’s Diversity Committee

Webinar: COPD Medications and Surgical Options – 11:30-12:10 PM CST

Dr. Stephanie LaBedz: Pulmonologist at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

Webinar: COPD Medications and Surgical Options 11:30-12:10 PM CST

Dr. Lori Wilken: Director of the Tobacco Treatment Center and clinical pharmacist in the Lung Health Clinic at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System


In October 2022, RHA participated in a national webinar, “Caregiving and COPD: A webinar from NHLBI’s Learn More Breathe Better® Program.” RHA joined the National Institute on Aging and NHLBI to discuss the importance of caregivers for people living with chronic diseases like COPD. Over 70% of patients living with COPD are supported by informal family caregivers. RHA created the COPD Caregiver’s Toolkit to support caregivers in their caregiving journey.

Watch the on-demand recording, which features RHA President and CEO, Joel Africk:

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2021 Living Better Together COPD Week

In 2021, we hosted a week-long series to help people living with COPD, their caregivers, and families, featuring

Inspiration COPD Newsletter – Special Edition
Inspiration contains practical tips for living well, the latest in COPD research, and legislative updates that may affect your life.

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Living Better with COPD: A Guide for You

This new resource provides people living with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD,) their caregivers, and family a quick reference guide to COPD. Within it you will find useful information about COPD, how to manage the disease, and tips for living better with COPD. While we hope this information is helpful, it is not meant to take the place of medical advice. Please be sure to contact your doctor or healthcare team before starting or adding any new activities listed in this packet to your care plan. Remember to share this packet with your caregiver so you can both live better with COPD!

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COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and affects millions of people. Our goal is to empower people living with COPD, their families, and caregivers to be their own disease self-managers. We hope that you find something useful that helps ease the burden of COPD!