Funding for COPD Program

The American Lung Association has been working on securing funding for a program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fight Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). There is increasing interest both in Congress and at the CDC for the development of a COPD program. The House of Representatives has urged “the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to establish a COPD program and to develop, in consultation with appropriate stakeholders, a Federal plan to respond to COPD.”

The CDC has also expressed similar sentiments, saying that it “is interested in developing a roadmap to explore the public health issues related to COPD, which would potentially address the public health role in prevention, treatment, and management. CDC supports the initial assessment and planning for public health roles in this important area.”

If funding were available, CDC has identified several areas of action they could pursue:

  • Development of a federal plan to respond to COPD that focuses on prevention, treatment and management.
  • Increase knowledge about COPD by developing and adding questions on the state-based Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), in order to estimate prevalence levels at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Further increase surveillance of the disease by adding COPD-related items to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which combines interviews and physical examinations.