Emphysema Foundation of America

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Emphysema Foundation of America is concerned about the health and safety of those with chronic lung disease, their caregivers, families, and communities.

With the recent news about the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) we wanted to share some health tips to follow for COVID-19 prevention:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are symptomatic or may have been exposed to individuals with symptoms of the disease.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly; alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective. Note: it is not recommended to make your own hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick (and keep sick children home from school).
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you use a tissue, wash your hands afterwards.
  • Urge others to wash hands frequently and cover their coughs and sneezes as well.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces including cellphones.



Family and Patient Care

Emphysema Foundation of America provides emphysema and COPD education, information, and support to improve the overall lung health and quality of life of those suffering with from chronic lung disease and COPD.

From our peer support program Strive and our Annual Conference on COPD and lung health to our online services, we provide the resources to ensure you and your loved ones are cared for. Learn more here and find out how EFA can help you today.

About Emphysema & COPD

COPD includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, severe (refractory) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. Emphysema involves damage to the alveoli (air sacs) in the lungs over time. The tiny alveoli carry oxygen to the bloodstream, and if they are damaged it may be difficult to breathe.

Learn more about the causes, symptoms and treatment of these lung diseases here.

Start a Chapter

Our volunteer chapter leaders are passionate about seeking out opportunities to educate people through health fairs, education events, and fundraising events about emphysema and COPD. These individuals have demonstrated a true passion to help others and as a result thousands of people across this country have benefitted from their efforts.

Although we currently have a growing number of local chapters across the United States, there are pockets where we need more. We need you! If you and your friends are interested in starting a chapter please help us reach out to your community! You’ll get great support and an amazing feeling from helping others.

Our mission is to increase awareness of emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and to conduct and support activities and research to prevent and treat those diseases.

Click below to learn more about what is involved and submit an application to start a chapter.


31ST Annual MSCVPR Conference

March 20, 2021

The Michigan Society for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (MSCVPR) is a statewide network of professionals dedicated to providing education opportunities, promoting an exchange of ideas, enhancing standards of care and improving communication among multidisciplinary health professionals who promote cardiovascular and pulmonary health.

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