Illinois Releases Plan to Tackle 4th Leading Cause of Death

Illinois only the second state to address COPD

WHAT: Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago (RHAMC) and the Illinois COPD Coalition will release the Illinois COPD State Plan. Doctors, clinicians, patients and experts will discuss the impact and management of COPD as well as recommendations and implementation of the second state COPD plan in the nation.

WHY: Over half a million Illinoisans suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In the United States COPD claims the life of one person every four minutes. This progressive disease is the 4th leading cause of death, killing more women than men, and is predicted to be the 3rd leading cause by 2020. COPD is diagnosed in more than 12 million people and an additional 12 million likely have the disease and don't know it.

WHO: Grace Anne Dorney Koppel -- COPD patient/advocate

James P. Kiley, Ph.D. -- Director of the Division of Lung Diseases, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Jeffrey Glassroth, MD -- Illinois COPD State Plan Chair and Vice Dean & Chief Academic Officer, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Terry Mason, MD -- Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health

David Goldberg, MD -- Director, Section of Preventive Medicine, Cook County Bureau of Health Services

Joel Africk -- President and Chief Executive Officer, Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago

WHEN: Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: James R. Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph St., Chicago; 15th Floor Press Room


All press conference speakers

Local COPD patients

For television stations unable to attend the news conference: Video coverage will be available immediately following the news conference.

Satellite Coordinates

Date/ Time: May 1, 2008, 11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. (CT);

Satellite: AMC 15 (KU)

Transponder: 01 Full

Downlink Freq: 11720 MHz (V)

Bandwidth: 36 MHz

Orbital Pos: 105 degrees west

Audio Sub-Carrier: 6.2 & 6.8

For technical assistance call IIS at 217.785.5499

CONTACT: Mary Beth Berkoff, +1-312-628-0225, Cell: +1-773-213-4776, or Meghan Bradley, +1-312-628-0250, Cell: +1-773-209-6704, both of Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago

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SOURCE Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago