The National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COPD National Action Plan
In May 2017, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
released the COPD
National Action Plan, a comprehensive framework for addressing the disease. A lack of progress to
address COPD's burden on population health and the health system motivated the creation of the Action Plan. The
COPD-related mortality rate has not declined at the same rate as other leading causes of death in the United
States, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Ultimately, the Action Plan strives to increase
COPD awareness and minimize its burden through collaboration among COPD patients, providers, researchers, and
Originally requested by Congress in 2012, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) developed the
Action Plan through a variety of trans-governmental meetings. The broader COPD community informed the
framework's goals, including other federal partners, patients and caregivers, academics, healthcare
practitioners, and industry leaders. The Action Plan emphasizes the role of collaboration among a wide variety
of stakeholders within the COPD community to achieve goals to increase awareness of the disease and minimize its
The Action Plan is based on five overarching goals, including various subgoals that could improve the health of
“Goal 1: Empower people with COPD, their families, and caregivers to recognize and reduce
the burden of COPD.
Goal 2: Improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD by improving the
quality of care delivered across the healthcare continuum.
Goal 3: Collect, analyze, report, and disseminate COPD-related public health data that drive
change and track progress.
Goal 4: Increase and sustain research to better understand the prevention, pathogenesis,
diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD.
Goal 5: Translate national policy, educational, and program recommendations into research and
public health care actions.”
Resources to Learn More
COPD National Action Plan and its Impact on Patients in Rural America
An overview of the COPD National Action Plan and how it can be utilized to advocate for improved treatment
opportunities, including cost of care and access to care, for rural communities.
Author(s): Bret Denning
Organization(s): COPD Foundation