COPD Classes and Support Groups

For men and women suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), UPMC St. Margaret offers education to make living with the disease more manageable for patients and their families. No registration fee required. Parking is free for all who attend.

COPD Classes

All classes will cover:
  • Medications — how your medications help control your COPD, the correct way to use your inhalers, assistance in obtaining medications (please bring your medication list and any inhalers you are prescribed with you)
  • Nutrition — the importance of good nutrition, food and beverages to eat, and food and beverages to avoid
  • Exercise and Energy Conservation — how to develop an exercise plan, exercises you can do anywhere, and ways to conserve energy
  • Action Plan — explanation of an action plan and how to complete a COPD action plan that involves communication with your physician

COPD Support Group

Learn ways to improve your quality of life with COPD while getting the support from others who share in your condition. Join us for discussion on how to stay active, how to manage your nutritional needs, and listen to valuable testimony from other people with COPD.

The group meets the third Thursday of every month from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

COPD Classes Schedule

All classes held Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at UPMC St. Margaret in Conference Room 3, ground floor.

April 15​

June 17

Aug. 19

Oct. 21

May 20​

July 15

Sept. 16

Nov. 18

To register, please contact Isabel MacKinney-Smith, RN, at 412-784-5764 or email

COPD Support Group Schedule

Support group meets the third Thursday of every month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at UPMC St. Margaret in Conference Room 3, ground floor.

​April 16

June 18

Aug. 20

Oct. 15

Dec. 17

May 21

July 16​

Sept. 17

Nov. 19


To register, please contact Isabel MacKinney-Smith, RN, at 412-784-5764 or email

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