AARC Helps Promote COPD Awareness

 Published: June 14, 2021

By: Addie Schiefer

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AARC Government Affairs works routinely with pulmonary organizations and patient advocacy groups on a variety of issues impacting those with chronic respiratory disease. As such, we encourage respiratory therapists to view a new website created by the Dorney-Koppel Foundation that targets:

  • Improved COPD awareness
  • Highlights the reality of undiagnosed millions who are unaware that they have COPD and are at increased risk of serious negative outcomes from COVID
  • The need for appropriate screening and accurate diagnoses of persons at increased risk
  • Effective COPD treatment including pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Equitable funding for COPD research and treatment

The website offers a Public Service Announcement titled “We’re Sounding the Alarm for COVID” airing on national networks such as CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and MSNBC. It also includes a compelling interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci who discusses COVID-19 and how it affects those with COPD and other comorbidities.

We encourage respiratory therapists to view the video and interview and to promote the messages among their patients and co-workers.

Email newsroom@aarc.org with questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you.

Addie Schiefer

Addie Schiefer is the Communications Specialist for the AARC where she creates engaging content for the association via the AARC website, newsletters, and social media. Connect with her about potential stories on LinkedIn. When she’s not working, you can find her listening to a true crime podcast, traveling to new places with her husband, hanging out with her dog JoJo, or browsing the aisles of the nearest Target.

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