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Improving Healthy Living Opportunities for Children by Advancing Policy and Systems Change

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With support from the WK Kellogg Foundation, PHI’s Regional Asthma and Management Prevention program (RAMP) worked to reduce health inequities among vulnerable children.

The project included three objectives:

  1. Advance advocacy efforts to increase access to services aimed at preventing/reducing asthma and other housing illness and share such efforts as a model;
  2. Advance policies aimed at protecting vulnerable children from environmental asthma triggers in their homes and share policies as a model;
  3. Increase the number of school-based health centers around the country engaged in interventions aimed at reducing environmental asthma triggers.

As a result, RAMP produced “Sustainable Financing for Asthma Education and Home Environmental Trigger Remediation: Lessons Learned from the Field,” provided funds and technical assistance to four school-based health centers in New Mexico, each of which conducted a small-scale environmental asthma intervention, and worked with the California Healthy Housing Coalition developed a series of narrated presentations to support landlords and affordable housing developers in making the switch to Integrated Pest Management.

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