Shining a Light on a Disease that Affects 1 Million Texans

American Lung Association hosts COPD Educator Institute

HOUSTON – (July 12, 2019)  In Texas, almost one million adults suffer from chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD), and many with the disease compare it to trying to breathe through a tiny straw.

COPD is a lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. Because this disease affects so many Texans, the American Lung Association in Texas is hosting the COPD Educator Institute July 18-19 at the Houston Marriott Medical Center Museum District in Houston, Texas.

“COPD is becoming more prevalent here in Texas and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., so it is a crucial time for healthcare professionals to learn how to better work with their patients and educate them on their disease,” said Carol Martin, division director of lung health for the Lung Association. “The COPD Educator Institute is a unique opportunity for professionals to learn how to truly make an impact on their patients’ lives every day, because if they learn more, the better care they can provide.”

The two-day course is designed for healthcare professionals and students who work with people who suffer from COPD. The course will include practical information, including COPD diagnosis and management, disease overview, smoking cessation, spirometry, asthma-COPD overlap syndrome, pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen therapy, patient activation, education and adherence, medications and delivery devices, reducing COPD readmissions, palliative care, hospice, and end-of-life issues.

The COPD Educator Institute includes breakfast, lunch, beverages and snacks, and parking for both days. More information and registration is available online or by emailing Natasha Jahani.

The COPD Educator Institute has been approved by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., to provide 11.75 continuing education hours for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES/MCHES), and by the American Association for Respiratory Care, to provide 11.75 continuing education hours for respiratory therapists.

About the American Lung Association in Texas

The American Lung Association in Texas is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.