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Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Program

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RAMP’s mission is to reduce the burden of asthma with a focus on health equity. Emphasizing both prevention and management, we build capacity, create linkages, and mobilize networks to advocate for policy and systems changes targeting the root causes of asthma disparities.

Projects

Active Projects

Support Schools and School-based Health Centers in a Comprehensive Approach to Asthma Management

RAMP brings together school stakeholders to share lessons learned and document best practices. RAMP supports school-based health centers across the country in reducing environmental asthma triggers. RAMP has developed tools, conducted trainings, and currently leads learning collaboratives.

Advance Comprehensive Policies on Housing Quality, Affordability and Tenant Protections

RAMP advocates for safe and healthy housing for all Californians through: leadership of the California Healthy Housing Coalition, development of policies to promote a comprehensive approach to healthy housing, and partnerships with affordable housing developers to reduce pest infestations without the use of harmful pesticides. RAMP also works to advance a comprehensive approach to housing instability with health equity as a unifying concept.

Shape Policies to Reduce Air Pollution in Inequitably Burdened Communities

RAMP focuses on the inequitable impact of air pollution on low-income communities and communities of color. RAMP addresses diesel pollution from the freight transportation sector, including ports, railyards, freeways and distribution centers. RAMP is currently conducting an assessment of the air quality and public health impacts of automating the freight sector. RAMP also advocates for policies that address cumulative impacts, meaning the combined impact of pollution from multiple sources.

Advocate for the Inclusion of Prevention-Oriented Asthma Services in Medi-Cal Coverage and Support Asthma Home Visiting Services

RAMP advocates for the inclusion of asthma home visiting services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries with poorly controlled asthma, and supports asthma home visiting programs through technical assistance. RAMP leads the California Asthma Financing Workgroup, which brings together stakeholders advocating for this shared goal. RAMP also convenes Community Health Workers and others providing asthma education to vulnerable communities in diverse settings for ongoing capacity-building workshops.

Lead Community Action to Fight Asthma (CAFA)

Community Action to Fight Asthma (CAFA) is California’s only network dedicated to professionals working on asthma. CAFA provides opportunities for asthma coalitions and other stakeholders to benefit from peer learning and to create a unified voice on state level policy change.

Completed Projects

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health

From 2007-2012, RAMP was designated a Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities under a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s REACH-US Program (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health). The project focused on a comprehensive approach to reduce asthma disparities among African-Americans and Latinos in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Increasing Public Health Engagement in Climate Change

RAMP partnered with other Pubic Health Institute leaders to develop a framework aimed at encouraging public health professionals to incorporate climate change into their existing work. RAMP also supported local projects demonstrating ways to connect climate change and public health.

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