Strategic Action Plan to Address COPD in Virginia
The Strategic Action Plan to Address COPD in Virginia is the result of collaboration between the American Lung Association in Virginia and a group of 29 stakeholders who served on the Virginia COPD Strategic Planning Committee. In an effort to raise awareness and address this public health priority, the Virginia Stakeholders group was convened in July 2015 and was tasked with developing a framework to address COPD in Virginia. In addition, a statewide needs assessment of COPD programs and policies in the Commonwealth was conducted to help formulate the COPD Strategic Action Plan. For example, excerpts from the 2007 Virginia COPD Summit and the COPD Burden Report published by the Virginia Department of Health were taken into consideration and incorporated into The Strategic Action Plan to Address COPD in Virginia. The Strategic Action Plan to Address COPD in Virginia will be used as a roadmap to help address the COPD burden on Virginia and to maximize local, state, and national resources to help raise awareness and affect change for the over 422,000 Virginians who are struggling with COPD.
The ultimate goals of The Strategic Action Plan to Address COPD in Virginia are to reduce the morbidity and mortality, as well as improve the quality of life for those living with COPD, create opportunities to leverage statewide resources to raise awareness, and to improve health equity for COPD patients.