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DRIVE4COPD Reaches One Million Mark

February 3, 2011

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AARC Members can take pride in the fact that they helped achieve a milestone, as the DRIVE4COPD announced that it achieved its goal of screening 1 million Americans to determine their risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The goal was reached exactly 365 days after the campaign launched.

AARC got involved with the health awareness campaign that aims to make a fundamental change in how COPD is addressed in this country. An important part of this effort is to find the millions who may be at risk for COPD and do not know it.

Last year, each of the AARC’s state societies competed to see which state could screen the largest number of individuals. A goal, based on the number of AARC members in that state was set at 10 screens per member. The West Virginia Society for Respiratory surpassed their goal and screened the largest percentage of members and those aged 35 and over, while the Pennsylvania Society for Respiratory Care turned in the largest number of screeners.

“We’re gratified that we played a role in helping to reach 1 million people who may be at risk for COPD,” said Tom Kallstrom, AARC Chief Operating Officer.  

While the state contest has ended, the AARC continues to work with the DRIVE4COPD program. With one million screened, this campaign is working to change the way COPD is viewed and addressed in America. “Our commitment with the DRIVE continues,” said Kallstrom, “because much work remains.” COPD is the only leading cause of death in America that is on the rise and still takes one life every four minutes.

This year, AARC will continue to involve it members in screening activities and has plans for a student project that would get them active in DRIVE4COPD.