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Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Program

The Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) program is a collaborative that promotes strategies for reducing asthma through a broad and comprehensive approach that includes clinical management and environmental protection. RAMP brings together diverse partners such as public health and community-based organizations, schools, medical providers, and environmental health and justice groups to join forces in reducing the burden of asthma with a focus on communities inequitably affected by the disease.

Program Director(s)

Anne Kelsey Lamb

Program Site



Zero Emissions and Community Building: the Next Goals and Strategies of the Moving Forward Network

RAMP is supporting Occidental College’s efforts on its Kresge Foundation funding to launch a 2-year campaign focused on eliminating diesel emissions at ports and in the freight transportation system and to organize a major conference with international participation. RAMP is serving on the project’s Moving Forward Network Advisory Board.

Advancing Support for Prevention Services

This project will increase support for asthma-related prevention services by serving as a link between clinical care and community prevention in California. Asthma best practices will be incorporated into the health home model. Asthma management activities will include advocating for California to implement a rule on reimbursement for CHOWs and supporting development of health impacts bonds to support asthma prevention services. 

Asthma Champions Program Services

In collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco, the Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) program will provide professional services for the APPPUC 2 Asthma Champions Program. This project provides a partnership in the implementation of an educational outreach program for Bay Area physicians interested in asthma management and prevention.

Asthma Management: Advancing Collaborative Efforts to Improve Land-Use, Transportation & School Health Policies

Through this project, the Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) program provides state-level policy leadership to improve environments and public health. RAMP will leverage the structure of the Community Action to Fight Asthma (CAFA) Network to mobilize on-the-ground work in order to influence land use and transportation policies as well as school health.

Bay Area Community Health Workers & Asthma Management

RAMP supports increased access to culturally-competent quality clinical care, and has long been committed to building the field of Community Health Workers (CHWs). The role of CHWs in asthma management and prevention interventions has been well-documented with robust evidence supporting their impact on improved outcomes and reduced healthcare utilization. Funding will support efforts to shape California policy strategies to include CHWs as key to linking health care finance and community-based prevention, enhance the capacity of Bay Area CHWs focused on asthma to effectively support 750 families, and increase the awareness of CHW-related advocacy opportunities among asthma advocates across California and facilitate their engagement in advocacy activities.

Building Public Health Engagement in Climate Change

This project will: (1) engage the public health community in local and state government efforts to address climate change; (2) develop and implement pilot projects, funded through competitive mini-grants, which demonstrate models for engagement in community climate action; and (3) deliver targeted communications, public policy and advocacy leadership.

Collaboraton with the Bay Area Environmental Health Collaborative

This grant will support the participation by the Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) program in the Bay Area Environmental Health Collaborative, a broad partnership among six coalitions and numerous organizations working to protect public health in communities heavily impacted by air pollution.

Comprehensive Approach to Asthma

This funding provides general operating support to reduce asthma disparities through advocacy, policy change, improving clinical care and management, and reducing asthma triggers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Healthy Housing and Asthma Coalitions

Funding supports RAMP coalitions: national housing learning collaborative and its efforts to advance healthy housing and California-based Community Action to Fight Asthma Network and its work to reduce environmental asthma triggers.

Incorporating Environmental Management of Asthma into School-Based Health Centers Across the Nation

RAMP aims to reduce indoor environmental asthma triggers by: collecting and disseminating best practices nationally, developing key tools tailored to use by School Based Health Centers (SBHCs); designing and conducting national and state trainings; and convening and supporting a national learning collaborative to stimulate and support local action at SBHCs across the nation.


National REACH Coalition partnership

RAMP, in partnership with the National REACH Coalition, will develop and implement a Community Transformation Plan using evidence-based and practice-based strategies to reduce or eliminate racial or ethnic health disparities in chronic disease risk factors and outcomes. Strategies will be tied to proper nutrition and physical activity outcome measures and include implementing, maintaining, and/or strengthening policy, systems, or environmental improvements.

Promoting Healthy Housing and Freight Transportation in California

In order to expand the impact of our healthy housing work beyond California, RAMP and the California Health Housing Coalition (CHHC) will build a growing community of organizations and agencies across several states with experience or interest in state policy approaches to healthy housing. We will support these states in pursuing state policy action through: exposure to lessons and tools developed by CHHC; engagement in peer learning discussions; opportunities to educate their state legislators; and connections with experts and tools from other organizations.

Public Policy Efforts to Address Asthma and Other Air Pollution Related Health Issues

RAMP will: 1) continue efforts to promote health and equity through public policy campaigns related to outdoor air quality and/or the built environment; 2) sustain RAMP’s clearinghouse role, reaching a broad network with asthma research, promising practices, events, and policies; and 3) support local asthma coalitions and/or other public health or environmental justice programs to engage in public policy related to environmental asthma triggers.

RAMP Web Development Related Expenses for the California Healthy Housing Coalition

RAMP developed and beta tested a website and web-based communications tools for the California Healthy Housing Coalition.

RAMP's Advocacy to Support Prevention

RAMP has a strong history as a leader in approaching asthma management through a broad, upstream understanding of prevention. With an evolving health care system that offers new opportunities for financing prevention, RAMP has applied our existing knowledge and experiences with prevention to our developing capacity in the field of health care finance and policy. We dived deep into understanding how prevention may fit into various health care financing opportunities and developed a broad-based collaborative approach to advocating for changes. Over the coming year, we will advance these policy opportunities while continuing to disseminate information to the broader field to ensure a broader uptake in organizational and policy best-practices.

RAMP: Advocating to Create Healthy Environments

RAMP proposes to build on past successes in pursuing new and improved efforts related to the built environment and school environments. RAMP has a long and strong history of successfully influencing policy at the regional and state levels as well as providing technical assistance and training for asthma coalitions and a broad array of advocates in the fields of public health and environmental justice.

REACH Center of Excellence

RAMP serves as the only asthma-related Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities as part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's REACH US program. RAMP focuses on diesel pollution, housing quality, land use and transportation policies, school and child care interventions, and clinical management.

Reducing Asthma Disparities through Comprehensive Community Action

As a CDC Center for Excellence in Eliminating Disparities (CEED) in asthma, the Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) program uses a socio-ecological approach to work to reduce asthma disparities in African American and Latino populations. In this project, RAMP aims to reduce environmental triggers in homes, schools, and in the outdoor air, and to improve culturally competent clinical management.

Rules of the Road: How to Engage Public Agencies in Land Use, Transportation and Air Quality Decisions to Promote Equity and Public Health

One barrier to meaningful community involvement in land use and transportation issues related to public health and equity concerns is a lack of knowledge about how various agencies make decisions and how the public can influence the process. This project will help bridge that engagement gap by providing trainings and follow-up technical assistance to under-represented communities. 

Sponsorship of California Healthy Coalition’s Annual Meeting

Sponsorship of RAMP’s California Healthy Coalition’s annual meeting.


Advancing Health Equity Through Healthy Housing Policies

Photo credit: Thomas Hawk/Flickr

In 2015, PHI's Regional Asthma Management & Prevention program (RAMP) played an important role in advocating for two new healthy housing policies passed in California—SB 328 and SB 655—that will reduce exposure to asthma triggers, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color. 




Improving Air Quality Across California

Climate change worsens air quality, yet many climate strategies reduce other air pollutants as well. In California, PHI has assessed the health impact of proposed cap and trade regulations and been an active voice for health equity in the implementation of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act. 

PHI’s Regional Asthma Management and Prevention program helped pass California diesel emissions regulations that are projected to prevent 150,000 cases of asthma, 12,000 cases of acute bronchitis and 9,400 premature deaths over 15 years.