Creation of a COPD Program at CDC

 

 There are programs dedicated to reducing death and disease at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for virtually every  leading cause of death in the U.S., but no such dedicated program has been created for COPD - even though COPD is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. and kills more than 130,000 Americans each year.  We are joining with the American Lung Association, the American Thoracic Society, the COPD Caucus and other COPD patient and professional  organizations to urge Congress to create a program at the CDC to address COPD.  To implement this program we are asking you to call, or write to your senators and ask them to sign onto the "Dear Colleague letter" being distributed in the Senate by Senator Lincoln and Senator Crapo of the COPD Caucus. With this new program, CDC will be able to expand critical surveillance activities and create a comprehensive national action plan for combating COPD, all of which would allow the U.S. to begin to address prevention, treatment, and research  for this disease.

Please contact your Senators urge them to sign the COPD Dear Colleague letter to allocate money to fund creation of a COPD program at CDC. Here's how:

Go to http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/
2. Enter your Zip Code and click on "GO".
3. Click on "Federal" in the top box.
4. Click once on the checkmark in front of "Barack Obama President"  and on the checkmark in front of your Representative's name (so as not to send the letter to them ).
5. As your subject, type or paste in: 
Please Sign the  COPD Dear Colleague Letter
6.  As your Issue area, select "Health" in the dropdown menu

7. Compose your own message, or paste in the following:
 

 


I am writing to urge you to sign the COPD Dear Colleague letter being distributed in the Senate by Senator Lincoln and Senator Crapo of the COPD Caucus,  supporting the allocation of $1 million to establish a federal COPD Action  program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) . COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is the fourth leading cause of death in America, claiming the lives of more than 130,000 Americans each year.

There are an estimated 24 million Americans with COPD.  It is the only disease in the top 5 leading causes of death that continues to increase. Currently, the CDC does not have any funding to devote to prevention, surveillance and research into this disease. I believe that the establishment of a national COPD program to expand surveillance activities and create a comprehensive national action plan for combating COPD is essential to begin to address this critical public health problem.

Calling on the CDC, the nation's premier health prevention institution, would be the most effective strategy to enhance prevention and treatment of this devastating disease. Currently, there is very little information gathered at CDC about COPD. More surveillance is needed in order to give public health experts a better picture of disease trends; identify disparities in health status and use of health care; support biomedical and health services research; and provide information for making changes in public policies and programs.

I am a COPD patient and member of EFFORTS, www.emphysema.net, an online COPD, support, advocacy organization. Providing these funds will allow the CDC to begin planning and disease monitoring activities needed to get control of COPD. Please work to ensure that at least $1 million is appropriated to CDC this year for a COPD program and sign onto the Dear Colleague letter.



8. Fill in the blanks with the information about yourself.
9. Click on the "Send Message" button.
   
That's it! You have just written to your Senator. And now, please drop a note to
fredefforts@aol.com
so we can add your letters to our count. Thank you. 

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