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My Lung Health Coach



My Lung
Health Coach

My Lung Health Coach is an evidence-based, person-centred COPD self-management and education service delivered virtually by our Lung Health Coaches, who are Certified Respiratory Educators (CREs). It links community members to their very own CRE, who will provide support, information, and coaching so that you can better manage your COPD. Once you sign up, we will mail you a booklet called “Living with COPD”, which is a resource that covers the topics that will be discussed during the program.

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The Program Formats

The Full Program

  • 6 sessions across 12 weeks.

  • Our Lung Health Coach guides you through important topics to manage your COPD.

  • This stream may be for you, if: you are newly diagnosed with COPD, want to grow your knowledge about COPD, or are interested in a structured approach to self-management.

The Refresher Program

  • Frequency and duration of this program is determined by you.

  • Our Lung Health Coach guides you through topics of interest.

  • This stream may be for you, if: you have lived with COPD, have a basic understanding of COPD, or have specific self-management areas you would like to learn more about.

What can I learn about?

Our Lung Health Coaches have years of experience serving people with lung conditions.
Here are some examples of the topics that you could learn more about:

Knowledge of COPD

Smoking Cessation


Physical Activity

Mental Health and Wellness


Breathing and Energy Management



Long-term Planning

Why Join?

Why Join?

Quality Care at Zero Cost

MLHC is entirely free to access, and we provide support and education to clients at the pace and depth that works best for them.

Prioritizing Accessibility

Services are offered virtually or over the phone, enabling our Lung Health Coaches to reach individuals from communities that may have difficulty accessing resources or care.

Individualized and Tailored Support

Our program meets clients where they are at - Lung Health Coaches will assess each patient's COPD-related needs, risks, and interests, and design a personalized education plan for them.

Resource Referral and Service Navigation

Through MLHC, clients can be connected to LHF's community network, resources, and other programs and services, and be referred to local or community-based resources.

What can I expect?

Program Registration

You register for the program

Registration Follow-Up

We schedule a registration follow-up call with you

One 10-minute call

Intake Assessment

The Lung Health Coach connects with you for the intake assessment

Two 45-minute calls

Program Development

The Lung Health Coach develops a tailored program plan with and for you

Program Delivery

The Lung Health Coach provides education and support for your COPD

If you have further questions about this process or feel like another program or service might better support you, please contact for more information.

Meet Our Lung Health Coaches

Laura Bifolchi

Registered Nurse, Certified Respiratory Educator

Laura brings a wealth of experience as a Registered Nurse, who has spent the last 9 years as a Certified Respiratory Educator creating and running the Lung Health and Pulmonary Rehab Programs at the North Simcoe Family Health Team. In this role, Laura has performed spirometry testing, as well as assisted healthcare partners with interpreting spirometry and pulmonary function test reports. She worked collaboratively with other health care providers to ensure that patients understood their diagnoses and treatment options while working hard to ensure she always provided a safe and comfortable environment to discuss patients’ needs and concerns while connecting them to community services.

Diane Feldman

Registered Respiratory Therapist, Certified Respiratory Educator, Certified Tobacco Educator

Diane has worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Respiratory Educator for the Lung Health Foundation for more than 20 years. Prior to that, she worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in an acute care hospital. Her specific interest is in asthma and COPD management as well as other lung diseases, smoking cessation, and air quality.


To participate in our program, you must be diagnosed with COPD and currently reside in the province of Ontario. Services are delivered in English. Individuals with co-existing or co-occurring conditions may be ineligible – if you are not sure, we encourage you to reach out to our team using the contact information below.

You can register online using the registration button above. You can also contact the Lung Health Foundation and someone can provide more information and assist you with registration.

To register, you will need to provide your name, phone number, email address, and address. We will be mailing all program registrants a “Welcome Package” containing print resources for managing your COPD and important program information.

A member of the Lung Health Foundation team will reach out to you to complete a follow-up call. They will confirm your eligibility and gather your consent to participate in the program and ask you a few questions to set up your profile in preparation for the Lung Health Coaches.

Upon registering, a member of our team will reach out to you for a 10-minute follow-up registration call with you to confirm your eligibility, consent, and general information. Once you are fully registered, you will be connected to a Lung Health Coach for your official Intake Assessment! This is an in-depth and comprehensive step of setting up your participation in the program. In order to learn about where you are at with your COPD, understand your personal needs, interests, and experience, the Lung Health Coaches will schedule two 45-minute assessment calls with you. At these calls, they will take the time to get to know you and develop a tailored program plan just for you. Then, your participation in the program begins! If you sign up for the full program, there will be 6 sessions across a 12-week period. Each session will be approximately 45 minutes. If you sign up for the refresher program, the frequency and duration of each session will be entirely up to you!

When you register, the Lung Health Coaches will need to gather information about your experiences with COPD to better understand how they can support you. They will ask questions on these topics to identify what strategies will help you manage your COPD best. They will also be able to follow your improvements or progress over time. Across two preliminary intake assessment calls, they will ask you a variety of questions about:

  • Your COPD care journey
  • Symptoms you are experiencing
  • Things that could make your COPD more challenging to manage
  • Your baseline knowledge of COPD
  • Your current self-management behaviours and lifestyle
  • Your participation in other programs and community resources

We will not record any of your calls. Details of each session will be kept completely confidential and in a safe and secure manner. Only the Lung Health Coaches, who are healthcare professionals, will have access to this information. The Lung Health Coaches may disclose confidential patient information in the extenuating circumstance in which they have reason to believe there is an imminent risk of harm.

The Lung Health Coaches are healthcare professionals and certified respiratory educators – they have been providing care and services to people living with lung conditions for years. Meet them here!

Register Now or Contact Us

Have more questions or need assistance with registration? Please contact us at 437-216-5710 or