Resources for Rural Healthcare Providers

Expand Your Knowledge:

Take a Training or Educational Course to Support Your Patients Living with COPD

Connect Your Patients to COPD Resources and Education:

Additional Resources:

  • Attend a LUNG FORCE Expo to learn updates in COPD and lung disease management while earning continuing education credits.
  • Become a trained facilitator for Better Breathers Clubs or Breathe Well Live Well, and offer educational programming to help your patients breathe easier.
  • Direct your patients to in-person and online support groups and learning opportunities:
    • Attend a Better Breathers Club—support groups for adults with chronic lung disease.
    • Encourage patients to join the Better Breathers Network, which is a nationwide, online patient support program providing direct access to education, support and connection to others also living with chronic lung disease.
    • Refer your patient to our Freedom From Smoking cessation program to help them quit for good.
    • Join our Living with COPD online community at Inspire for peer-to-peer support from others also living with COPD.
    • Call, email or chat with a health professional at our free call center, the Lung HelpLine.

Stay Informed and Join the Fight:

  • Sign up for news and updates from the American Lung Association to keep up to date on lung disease, research opportunities and new resources. 
  • Become an advocate and join our Take Action Network.
  • Make a contribution to lung disease research, advocacy efforts and education. 


Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel.

Page last updated: August 27, 2021

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