How to Start a Club

A Support Group for People with Chronic Lung Disease and Their Loved Ones

What is a Better Breathers Club?

Better Breathers Clubs are welcoming support groups for people with COPD or other lung diseases, who often feel alone and isolated.  COPD is short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Together, members learn the skills that help manage their condition and improve their quality of life.

How does it work?  

Better Breathers Clubs meet regularly for one to two hours to provide support, education and socialization to people with COPD or another chronic lung disease, their family members and/or caregivers.  They learn how to manage their condition, and take part in discussions, practice new skills and learn about resources and activities in the community that can help them manage their day-to-day life.

Training Resources

Your American Lung Association staff liaison will provide a Facilitators Guide, access to the online facilitator training for up to three staff members, a new club start-up kit containing participant materials and incentives, and promotion on the American Lung Association website.

The new Club Start-Up includes:
•    Training for 3 facilitators
•    One printed facilitator guide
•    10 club participant packets
•    10 club participant incentives
•    3 facilitator gifts
•    Technical assistance from American Lung Association
•    All facilitator materials (includes, sign-in sheets, participant evaluations, club membership forms, customizable participant recruitment brochure, and more) provided electronically.

How do we start one?

A Better Breathers Club can be started by a health professional, a community organization or by patients themselves. All you need to do is contact your local American Lung Association and ask for help to get started. Once you have identied a facilitator, you can decide where and how often your club will meet; how many participants can be accommodated; and any special focus your club may have.

To start a club, contact Gabrielle Steele at 202-715-3464 or gabrielle.steele@lung.org