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- Project Title: Appalachian Pulmonary Health Project
- Program Representative Interviewed: Dan Doyle, MD, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Medical Director, Cabin Creek Health System
- Location: Charleston, WV
- Program Overview: The Appalachian Pulmonary Health Project (APHP) seeks to expand access to pulmonary rehabilitation in rural settings through a collaborative network of 10 healthcare facilities, including Critical Access Hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and Rural Health Clinics. The APHP is a regional collaboration within the national network, Grace Anne Dorney Pulmonary Rehabilitation Centers. Guided by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) model for pulmonary rehabilitation and the COPD National Action Plan, APHP members share resources and best practices through a hub-and-spoke model, West Virginia Project ECHO, to strengthen their pulmonary rehabilitation services. The APHP is expanding its scope to include primary prevention of COPD, namely through preventing first use of tobacco among middle and high school students, and ongoing chronic care management.
Read about the Appalachian Pulmonary Health Project in RHIhub's Rural Health Models and Innovations.