Midwest COPD Network Meetings

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Michigan Partners Meeting

On September 26, 2011, more than 30 partners met at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit to discuss current COPD collaborate efforts and identify future ways to educate others on COPD awareness and advocacy. Topics included:

  • Identifying gaps in COPD research, professional education and community collaborations
  • Examples of effective ways to advocate for COPD
  • Creating a MCN goal list and identifying ways to fulfill it

Ohio Partners Meeting

On October 11, 2011, more than 25 partners met at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Partners included pulmonary physicians and researchers from OSU, the University of Cincinnati, the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western University, the COPD Alliance and more. 

Illinois COPD Coalition Meeting

More than 30 members of the Illinois COPD Coalition met November 2, 2011, at Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago to discuss new data related to COPD and talk about the future of advocacy and collaboration. Topics included COPD data results from the 2010 Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) and a presentation on “The Scope of COPD in Illinois," which reviewed hospitalization rates and costs from 2000-2009. There was also an update on the Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) COPD Learn More Breathe Better Campaign.


Indiana Partners Meeting

More than 20 people attended the Indiana meeting on December 13, 2011. Partners included  the Alpha-1 Association, American Lung Association, Community Health Systems, Indiana University Health (IUH), IUH La Porte and Starke Hospitals, Indiana State Department of Health, Medical Specialists of Indiana, Pediatric Case Management Services, Walgreens Respiratory Services, Boehringer-Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline, Forest Research Institute and Pfizer, Inc. Meeting highlights included shared best practices to decrease readmission rates, tobacco education, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency education, provider/patient education conference and awareness efforts.

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