Interested in becoming a Better Breathers Club Facilitator?

Good timing! The Better Breathers Club Facilitator Training is now available online!

How to Start a Club 

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 participatn materials and incentives, and promotion on the American Lung Association website.

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, please download and fill out a club registration form, and then contact the American Lung Association in Colorado at 303-847-0274.