RHA is successful in persuading the Illinois Department of Public Health to add COPD questions to the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. Illinois is one of the first states to do so. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System is the largest phone public health survey in the U.S. and a key public health survey for policy and resource decision making. The inclusion of these questions will provide a better illustration of the scope of the COPD burden in Illinois including healthcare utilization and quality of life impact of COPD. Collecting this data can yield important information about the impact of COPD in Illinois and influence policies and allocation of resource for COPD prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research.