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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thank you to all who attended the 2017 Living Better Together COPD Conference. View photos from last year’s event on our Flickr.

This one-day learning event brings together individuals living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), their caregivers, and health care providers. Educational sessions provide health information and strategies that empower people living with COPD to more effectively manage their disease.

The conference is held at the Meridian Banquets & Conference Center in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, an intimate space that makes it easy for those with mobility challenges to participate in all of the conference offerings.


2017 Conference Sponsors




Boehringer Ingelheim


Health Care Solutions Group, Inc.


Gift of Hope


BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois




The title of 2017’s keynote panel discussion was COPD Flare-Ups: What to Do.

COPD flare-ups can be scary for both the person living with COPD and his or her caregiver. Attendees will learn how to help prevent flare-ups and manage them better by knowing what to look for and the right steps to take.

An expert panel of health care providers offered recommendations and guidance for managing a flare-up if one occurs.

Education Sessions

In addition to the keynote, participants attended morning and afternoon education sessions. Choices included:

2017 Morning Education Sessions

1. Understanding Medication Coverage

Navigating medication coverage for people living with COPD.

2. I Can’t Cough It Up: Airway Clearance Therapy (Technique and Devices)

Learn the importance of proper bronchial hygiene when living with COPD along with available devices to assist with airway clearance. 

3. Patient Empowerment: Advance Care and Future Planning

Learn more about the importance of building a care team when managing COPD and how to plan for the future.

2017 Afternoon Education Sessions

4. What’s Next: Treatment Options in COPD

Learn about various treatment options in COPD beyond pharmacological, oxygen and rehabilitation therapy.

5. Mindfulness-Centering and COPD

Mindfulness practice may help reduce symptoms of COPD, minimize anxiety and lead to improved disease management and improved wellness for people living with COPD.

6. Understanding Medication Coverage (repeat of morning session)

Navigating medication coverage for people living with COPD.

Review presentation materials from the 2016 Living Better Together COPD Conference education sessions.

Oxygen Available

Managing oxygen supplies can make participation difficult for people living with COPD. Through the generous support of Health Care Solutions Group, Inc., oxygen is available – at no additional charge – throughout the day. Pulmonary rehabilitation group leaders are also on hand to provide support with oxygen devices, so that all participants can enjoy the conference without interruption.

Event Exhibit Hall

The Living Better Together COPD Conference also provides attendees with the opportunity for one-on-one visits with a variety of exhibitors. Between breakout sessions, guests are able to visit close-by exhibitor tables.

Our 2016 expo participants included Boehringer Ingelheim, Health Care Solutions Group, Inc., Shire, Aetna Better Health of Illinois, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network and RespirTech, Alpha-1 Foundation, Illinois Society for Respiratory Care, University of Illinois at Chicago and Illinois Physical Therapy Association. These and other organizations will be invited to join to participate in 2017.

2018 Planning Committee

You can help shape next year’s Living Better Together COPD Conference by joining the Planning Committee. The group meets by phone once a month from August to November for a total commitment of four hours, and provides ideas and input to the RHA staff members. Contact Jennifer Kustwin, Senior Program Coordinator, via email at to learn more.