COPD Advocacy

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For the fourth year in a row, In June of 2012, Breathe California CEOs Linda Civitello and Margo Sidener joined 30 others representing 20 organizations to advocate for clean air and lung health in Washington DC. The United for Lung Health Advocacy Days bring together lung health advocates with lawmakers who can enact change. Advocates from across the country, including lung disease patients, come together to share their perspectives in hopes that their collective voices will make a difference in the lives of people living with lung disease.

The direct visits are important because legislators need reminding that lung disease is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and the rates of many lung diseases are on the rise. It is estimated that more than 49 million Americans are living with a chronic lung diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis or sarcoidosis. Together the United for Lung Health partners support lung disease prevention efforts, improved air quality initiatives, better treatment options and increased access.

One of the issues discussed this year was the immediate need to do more to address COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). COPD is the second leading cause of death in the country and the fastest rising. Legislators were urged to join the U.S. Congressional COPD Caucus, a bipartisan group working together to actively push for COPD awareness and promote government policies to improve the lives of people living with COPD.

“There are twelve million people diagnosed with COPD in the USA, and an estimated twelve million more with the disease that are undiagnosed. This is a major health problem for our county, yet we have no comprehensive intervention plan,” said Breathe California’s CEO Linda Civitello. “This must change. We need to utilize our public health resources to effectively address this growing health problem.”

This year Breathe California staff and volunteers visited the offices of Northern California elected representatives and asked for their support of: Lung Disease Research Funding, The Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act (S752/HR1394), Diesel Soot Pollution Reduction Strategies and The National COPD Program. Advocates also urged protection of: The National Asthma Control Program (NACP), The Prevention and Public Health Fund and The Clean Air Act.

For more information, visit www.unitedforlunghealth.org.

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