About the Maryland COPD Coalition
The Maryland COPD Coalition was created in 2009 to address the significant public health issues related to COPD in Maryland. The Coalition consists of healthcare providers, research scientists, patient advocacy groups, healthcare industry representatives, employer groups, and state health department officials. The Coalition works collectively to bring together resources in the COPD community to create more opportunities to serve all Marylanders affected by COPD, improve the quality of life of those living with the disease, and reduce the economic burden that results from this chronic illness.
The mission of the Maryland COPD Coalition is to develop and coordinate the implementation of a comprehensive COPD State Action Plan that will create and support programs and policies to prevent COPD and reduce the burden on the disease in Maryland. The Coalition leverages the knowledge and strengths of its individual members to promote awareness, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced treatments to improve the quality of life of the nearly 250,000 Maryland residents currently living with COPD, and reduce the financial burden this disease places on patients, businesses, and government.
COPD in Maryland
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2005, there were 1,823 deaths attributed to COPD in Maryland
- The American Lung Association estimates that there are 250,000 adults in Maryland living with COPD
- The 2008 Maryland Adult Tobacco Survey found that:
- 157,000 adults had been diagnosed with COPD
- 50,000 of those diagnosed adults were smokers
- 24.9% of those diagnosed adults reported smoking everyday
- 6.7% of diagnosed adults reported smoking on some days
The Maryland COPD Action Planplus
The first Maryland COPD Summit was convened by the Maryland COPD Coalition and the COPD Foundation on April 20, 2010. The Summit brought together a diverse group of over 85 stakeholders to discuss the current challenges faced by the COPD community in Maryland and to use the collective expertise of the participants to devise the strategies that would be the basis for the Maryland COPD Action Plan. Speakers from the National Institutes of Health, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, health plans, physicians, patients, and patient advocacy organizations helped highlight the key issues in the morning. The afternoon sessions consisted of small group facilitated break-out sessions focused on the four sections of the proposed Action Plan. Following the Maryland COPD Summit, a steering committee was formed and the Coalition is committed to moving the implementation of the actions for each strategy forward.
Goals of the Maryland COPD Action Planplus
The Maryland COPD Action Plan aims to reduce the burden of COPD in the State of Maryland through the following goals:
- To optimize the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of CPD in the outpatient and hospital setting;
- To improve and expand COPD surveillance;
- To improve COPD awareness and education among employers and health plans;
- To increase COPD awareness by connecting individuals with tools and resources to improve their quality of life.
The Maryland COPD Action Plan Sectionsplus
Section 1: Data and Surveillance
- Use the state-added question to the Maryland Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to obtain and compare currently existing measures of COPD prevalence in the State;
- Develop a comprehensive Maryland COPD Surveillance Report using public and private sector data sources;
- Develop a collaboration program among members of the private and public sector including the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and health plans operating in the state, to improve and standardize the collection of COPD information;
- Improve the acquisition of data related to the disability and cost of COPD in Maryland;
- Establish dissemination mechanisms for COPD surveillance data to local, state, and federal partners.
Section II: Healthcare Providers
- Ensure that both COPD and smoking cessation resources are included in all COPD or smoking cessation messages that target healthcare providers statewide;
- Complete a COPD educational needs assessment of primary care providers in partnership with professional organizations;
- Disseminate existing COPD continuing education resources, user-friendly guides, and patient education materials through established venues for reaching primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and hospital-based providers;
- Submit a prioritized plan for improving COPD prevention and control in the healthcare sector to the Governor, General Assembly, Secretary of Health, and potential funders in Maryland.
Section III: Employers, Purchasers and Payers
- Develop a COPD Corporate Awareness and Education Program in partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Business Group of Health and its’ identified members/partners;
- Work with employers and health plans to obtain aggregated data/measurements of COPD prevalence among employees in the State of Maryland to more accurately assess the current and future burden of the Disease (including aggregate data obtained from the Maryland State Employee Benefits Plan)
- Create a COPD Worksite Wellness Program and Health Risk Assessment, including aspects of COPD education, screening, coaching, and value-based benefit design, through a partnership with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and other professional organizations in Maryland;
- Promote the adoption of COPD measures in each health plan’s quality improvement programs through eValue8.
Section IV: COPD In The Community
- Develop a database, “Maryland COPD Resource Database” of state and national COPD specific healthcare providers, rehabilitation centers, support groups, free lung disease support services and educational materials;
- Develop a draft patient resource toolkit which incorporates information about diagnosis, management, and support resources;
- Develop and implement a Maryland COPD awareness campaign to launch during COPD Awareness Month in November promoting the toolkit and COPD awareness amongst the general public.
For more information about the Maryland COPD Coalition please contact:
U.S. COPD Coalition Manager
Phone: 1-866-731-2673 extension 451