COPD Breathe Strong

is a coalition of groups working together to offer education and support through a network of  providers, patient and caregivers, via local meetings, training events and resources.

COPD Breathe Strong Coalition is a coordinated effort to educate, encourage and assist providers, patients and caregivers via local and regional meetings, newsletters and social media. Through these actions we hope to promote a healthier COPD community.

We integrate world class best practices, technology, research and compassion in our mentoring, providing optimal health and sustainability for the future of the COPD Community.

Our Mission

COPD Breathe Strong: Paving the Way for COPD Self-Management Through Partnership With a Community of Patients, Providers and Industry. Mentoring Our COPD Community Through Engagement and Empowerment.

Our Vision

Taking Charge To Breathe Strong Through Daily Connecting, Engaging, and Empowering By Educating COPD Community Patients, Caregivers and Clinicians.

Our Team

Bob Sobkowiak
Bob SobkowiakCoalition Coordinator
Bob Sobkowiak, RRT, TTS is a former US Air Force Medic, training as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in Ohio and California. For over 40 years Bob has served in Clinical Acute Care, Management, Education, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Home Care, and as a Community Volunteer for the ALA and the COPD Foundation. Since 2010 Bob has served as a Florida COPD Coalition Coordinator, and is currently a Florida COPD State Captain, and Coordinator for COPD Breathe Strong America.
Keith Robinson
Keith RobinsonPhysician Educator
Dr. Keith Robinson, MD MS FCCP, is board certified in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine. He is Associate Medical Director of Pulmonology, North America at IQVIA, and leader of technology-patient centered research for world class health outcomes. Dr. Robinson is also a member of the Baptist Health Quality Network and serves as an Associate Clinical Professor at Florida International University, Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami, Florida.
Karen Deitemeyer
Karen DeitemeyerPatient Advocate
Karen Deitemeyer was officially diagnosed with COPD in 2001 and made COPD her mission. She is a Florida State Advocacy Captain for the COPD Foundation; a member of the Governing Board of the COPD PPRN; Secretary for the U.S. COPD Coalition Board; and a member of the ALA National COPD Patient Advisory Group. She was the patient “face” for the DRIVE4COPD Campaign. Karen is a member of ALA committees and was a speaker for the 2014, 2015 and 2017 ALA Lung Force Expos.




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