2016 Living Better Together Conference

Respiratory Health Association hosts its 13th Annual Living Better Together COPD conference with 300 attendees, including individuals living with COPD, their caregivers, and pulmonary rehabilitation staff. Participants came together to learn about COPD and strategies for living better together with this chronic illness. Many traveled by bus with their pulmonary rehabilitation groups from locations throughout Chicagoland and as far as Rockford and Peru, Illinois. Guests were provided supplemental oxygen donated by our generous sponsor, Health Care Solutions Group, Inc. Click here to view the 2016 LBT Conference photo album.

The conference began with a Moderated Keynote Session titled “COPD Care… A panel discussion on how to navigate the current healthcare system.” Panelists included Ravi Kalhan, MD (Northwestern Medicine), Dorothy Shapiro, DNP, ACNP-BC, COPD APN (Suburban Lung Associates) and Kim French, MHSA (Suburban Lung Associates).

The 2016 conference breakout session presentations can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

2016 Breakout Sessions

New Developments in COPD Medicine
Lori Wilken, PharmD, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System

Improve Your Nutrition for Better COPD Management
Carol Braunschweig, PhD, RD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Getting Back to Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Jennifer Ryan, PT, MS, DPT, CCS, The University of Chicago and Donna Frownfelter, PT, DPT, MA, CCS, RRT, FCCP, Rosalind Franklin University

Indoor Air Quality & Your Health
David Zeidner, MS, CMR, WRT, LEED AP, Hygieneering, Inc.

Indoor Air Quality & Your Health
Lainie Sanker Kast, Respiratory Health Association

COPD & Safety Tips for Travel
Ellen M. Moran, MS, RRT, RPFT, RCP, Rush University Medical Center and Krzysztof Wlosek, MSN, RN, sFNP, Rush University Medical Center

Thank you to the 2016 Living Better Together Sponsors

This event was supported by our generous sponsors, including Boehringer Ingelheim, Health Care Solutions Group, Inc., Shire, Aetna Better Health of Illinois, Apria Healthcare Group Inc., Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network and RespirTech.

Between educational breakout sessions, guests visited exhibitors including 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.

During the past 13 years of the Living Better Together COPD Conference, Respiratory Health Association has reached more than 3,000 individuals living with COPD, their caregivers, and pulmonary rehabilitation staff. The event continues to grow and improve every year.

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