AARC Takes Leadership Role in COPD Community
March 11, 2009
As respiratory therapists, many of you see COPD patients on the job just about everyday. As your professional organization, the AARC works to help these patients everyday too, though our myriad relationships with other groups and organizations dedicated to improving care and quality of life for these patients.
Among the most important is the one we have fostered with the U.S. COPD Coalition, a group founded in 2001 to bring the combined efforts of patient organizations, health professional organizations, individuals, and government agencies to bear on the disease.
Now the AARC’s voice in this influential group is even stronger, with the re-election of AARC Executive Director Sam Giordano, MBA, RRT, FAARC, to the executive committee. As treasurer, Giordano will help the Coalition establish a solid financial basis upon which it can build its advocacy efforts.
Giordano’s leadership role with the Coalition is mirrored by a similar role at the COPD Foundation, where he was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors last fall. The appointment reflects the AARC’s strong support of the Foundation’s Mobile Spirometry Unit (MSU), a 12-foot trailer that travels across the country with AARC members on board to test the public for lung disease at health fairs and other large events.
Both of these organizations work closely with the Congressional COPD Caucus, a group established in 2004 by Senator Mike Crapo to partner with a broad coalition of patient and professional organizations to educate members of Congress on COPD and advocate for policies to encourage prevention and early detection.
All three of these major COPD organizations are dedicated to bringing this chronic respiratory condition out of the shadows and into the national spotlight. The AARC’s leadership role is ensuring respiratory therapists are well-represented in the process.