Illinois State COPD Plan

Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago  convened the Illinois COPD Coalition in 2007, with the mission of creating a comprehensive COPD State Plan. The plan outlines sustainable solutions to reduce the burden of COPD in Illinois.

Coalition members represent a broad group of COPD stakeholders including community agencies, health departments, respiratory societies, physical therapy, patients, caregivers, health care providers, and home health care providers.

The overall purpose of the State Plan is to:

  • Identify goals and specific strategies for raising COPD awareness and improving the quality of life for people with COPD
  • Serve as a priority setting document that guides the development of programs and policies related to COPD
  • Articulate a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach for addressing COPD in Illinois and reducing its burden


The Illinois COPD State Plan serves as a guide to reduce COPD-related morbidity and mortality as well as improves the quality of life of those living with COPD in Illinois. The plan is intended for use by policymakers, organizations, practitioners, patients, and others to make strides in improving COPD outcomes in Illinois.

The content of the State Plan is fluid, and may change over time in response to shifting and emerging needs. The Illinois COPD Coalition will continue to function as an advisory body and will meet in subsequent years to assess and revise the Illinois COPD State Plan.

Specific objectives include:

  • Increased early detection of COPD that decreases the impact of the disease upon those diagnosed, thereby improving quality of life and reducing health care expenditures
  • Educated primary health care providers to help increase diagnosis rates and provide patients with the GOLD standard of COPD care
  • Increased COPD awareness among at-risk populations and others to improve lifestyle and health care decision-making 
  • Improved networking of resources that increases self-management skills among those living with COPD, thereby decreasing hospitalizations and emergency room visits
  • Increased surveillance, through use of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and other data collection tools, to provide specific data on the state of COPD in Illinois in order to evaluate the impact of health interventions


To ease development of the Illinois COPD State Plan, coalition members were divided into five working groups, each of which was led by a working group chair. Working groups held several meetings between late 2007 and early 2008 to generate and refine recommendations for their sections of the State Plan. Working groups included:

Prevention, Early Detection, Surveillance and Data
The Prevention, Early Detection, Surveillance and Data working group developed recommendations for addressing COPD prevention and improving screening and early detection practices to minimize the number of new COPD cases while also increasing the number of COPD diagnoses made early. This working group also examined existing local, state, and other data sources to generate recommendations around defining and monitoring the burden of COPD in Illinois.

Treatment and Management
The Treatment and Management working group focused on COPD care and ensuring that health care providers are prepared to offer state of the art care for COPD, which includes both diagnosis and treatment. This working group also developed recommendations for increasing access to non-pharmacologic therapies, such as pulmonary rehabilitation and home oxygen care, among people with COPD.

Public Awareness, Patient Education and Resources
The Public Awareness, Patient Education and Resources working group focused on ways to increase awareness among people with COPD and the general public of COPD and COPD care. This working group also generated recommendations for helping link people with COPD with appropriate resources in Illinois.

COPD patient Lloyd Corrigan speaks with Senator Jeffrey SchoenbergPolicy and Advocacy
The Policy and Advocacy working group explored policy options for improving COPD outcomes in Illinois, through increases in COPD funding/resources or ongoing, effective advocacy by government leaders and people with COPD. This working group also made recommendations for reducing access and cost barriers to appropriate COPD treatment.

COPD State Plan Outcomes and Evaluation
The COPD State Plan Outcomes and Evaluation working group discussed ways the Illinois COPD Coalition and its partners could evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of COPD State Plan recommendations. This evaluation will also assess the sustainability and functioning of the Illinois COPD Coalition itself.

A sixth section addressing Research is also featured in this State Plan, but was not the focus of a specific working group. Rather, content of this section was developed in collaboration between Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago and the chairperson of the Illinois COPD State Plan, Dr. Jeffrey Glassroth, Vice Dean & Chief Academic Officer at the Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University.


Jeffrey Glassroth, MD | Illinois COPD State Plan Chair
Vice Dean & Chief Academic Officer
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

Robert Cohen, MD, FCCP | Chair, Prevention, Early Detection, Surveillance and Data
Associate Chair
Division of Pulmonary Medicine/Critical Care
John Stroger Hospital of Cook County

Donna Frownfelter, DPT, MA, CCS, RRT, FCCP | Chair, Public Awareness, Patient Education and Resources
Rosalind Franklin Medical School
Illinois Physical Therapy Association

Nick Gross, MD, PhD | Chair, COPD State Plan Outcomes and Evaluation
Loyola University
Hines VA Hospital

Ravi Kalhan, MD, MS | Chair, Treatment and Management
Northwestern University
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care

James Webster, MD, MACP | Chair, Policy and Advocacy
Professor of Medicine
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwester University
Associate Executive Director
Institute of Medicine of Chicago