In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we made the decision to postpone the 2020 Living Better Together COPD Conference until November 2021. While disappointed to not see you in-person this year, we are working on providing the COPD community with alternatives in the meantime.

This November, we are planning a series of webinars to deliver the latest COPD updates and information directly to you! Stay tuned as we share more in the coming weeks about the topics we plan to cover and how you can sign-up to view the webinars. We are also presenting a special webinar “COPD & COVID-19: A Conversation with a Front-Line Provider” on Tuesday,  September 29 at 3:30 PM. You can learn more and register here.

Living Better Together COPD Webinars

Thank you to all who attended the 2019 Living Better Together COPD Conference. View photos from the 2019 event on our Flickr. You can also look back at last year’s events with the information and links below. 

2019 Conference Sponsors




Boehringer Ingelheim


Health Care Solutions Group, Inc.


Please contact Avanthi Chatrathi at [email protected] or at 312-229-6186 if you are interested in sponsoring the 2020 conference.

Plenary Session

Ask the Healthcare Provider.

An expert panel discussed commonly asked questions around COPD management.

Education Sessions

In addition to the keynote, participants had the option to attend morning and afternoon education sessions. Choices included:

2019 Morning Education Sessions

1. COPD and Cardiac Co-morbidities

Learn about the interaction between COPD and cardiac disease, and how to properly manage both.

2. Update in Oxygen Use

Learn about various oxygen devices and which device may work best for you.

3. New Treatments for Emphysema–Zephyr Valve

Learn about a new type of valve that can help treat emphysema.

2019 Afternoon Education Sessions

4. Patient Empowerment: Advance Care Planning

Learn more about building a care team when managing COPD.

5. Latest in COPD Medications

Learn about the latest COPD medications and which medications may work best for you.

6. Physical Therapy and Music Therapy

Learn how music can play a role in physical therapy, and practice exercises to use at home.

Oxygen Available

Managing oxygen supplies can make participation difficult for people living with COPD. Through the generous support of Health Care Solutions Group, Inc., oxygen is available – at no additional charge – throughout the day. Pulmonary rehabilitation group leaders are also on hand to provide support with oxygen devices, so that all participants can enjoy the conference without interruption.

Schedule, Meals and Cost

The Living Better Together COPD Conference schedule is typically:

9:30 AM Registration and continental breakfast offered
10:30 AM Conference begins
3:00 PM Conference concludes

A luncheon is served around noon and a vegetarian option is available.

Out of courtesy to people living with COPD, please refrain from wearing cologne or perfume to the event; it can exacerbate breathing difficulties.

Transportation from Selected Sites

Bus transportation is made available to groups of 15 or more registrants traveling from the same site to the Living Better Together COPD Conference. Transportation cannot be guaranteed until event registration has closed. Confirmation letters with transportation information are mailed in early November.

If you have questions about transportation to the Living Better Together COPD Conference, please contact Avanthi Chatrathi, Program Coordinator, via email at [email protected]

Event Exhibit Hall

The Living Better Together COPD Conference also provides attendees with the opportunity for one-on-one visits with a variety of exhibitors. Between breakout sessions, guests are able to visit close-by exhibitor tables.

Past participants have included Boehringer Ingelheim, Health Care Solutions Group, Inc., RespirTech, Electromed, Inc., HillRom, Grifols Biosciences, Nuvaira, Pulmonx, and the Alpha 1 Foundation.

2020 Planning Committee

You can help shape next year’s Living Better Together COPD Conference by joining the Planning Committee. The group meets by phone to provide ideas and input to the RHA staff members. Contact Avanthi Chatrathi, Program Coordinator, via email at [email protected] to learn more.