Strategic Action Plan to Address COPD in New Jersey
The creation of The Strategic Action Plan to Address COPD in New Jersey is the result of collaboration between the American Lung Association in New Jersey and a group of 20 stakeholders who served on the New Jersey COPD Strategic Planning Committee. In an effort to raise awareness and address this public health priority, the New Jersey stakeholders group was convened in August 2016 and was tasked with developing a plan that could serve as the roadmap to address COPD in New Jersey. In addition, the plan will help to address the COPD burden on New Jersey and to maximize local, state, and national resources to help raise awareness and affect change for the more than 451,000 residents who are struggling with COPD.
A statewide needs assessment of COPD programs and policies in the state was conducted to help formulate the COPD strategic action plan. The ultimate goals of The Strategic Action Plan to Address COPD in New Jersey 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. The Strategic Action Plan to Address COPD in New Jersey identifies strategies and implementation methods to address these five goals: Surveillance and Evaluation; Public Health Research, Prevention and Treatment Strategies; Programs and Policies; Communications; and Sustainability for the Coalition.