DHPE Fellow Stephanie Sturgis, MPH will present a webinar on COPD and minority health on Thursday, June 27th at 11:00 AM EST. The webinar will highlight the social determinants of health that may contribute to COPD, the burden of COPD in minority US communities and an assessment of state departments of health's COPD programs.
(Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) COPD is a group of chronic diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, making breathing difficult due to the impairment of airflow in the lungs. A history of cigarette smoking, occupation-related exposures, genetic factors, asthma, respiratory infections and environmental hazards are associated with COPD. Currently, this disease affects approximately 24 million US adults. African Americans and other US minority populations are disproportionately affected by COPD.
Stephanie Sturgis, MPH is a COPD Fellow with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. The COPD Fellowship is supported by the COPD Foundation (http://www.copdfoundation.org/) and managed by the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (http://www.dhpe.org/). For more information about the webinar presentation, please contact DHPE.