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Air Filtration Units to be Provided to Low-Income Residents Impacted by Smoke

A new Home Air Filtration Program will provide air filters to about 2,000 people throughout the Bay Area who are enrolled in the state’s Asthma Mitigation Project. The project is a collaboration of the Air District with PHI’s Regional Asthma Management and Prevention program, or RAMP. Anne Kelsey Lamb, codirector of RAMP comments on the need for air filters, especially in low-income communities of color.

In an effort to combat the effects of harmful smoke from wildfires throughout California, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will provide portable air filtration units for low-income residents who suffer from asthma. The Home Air Filtration Program, a collaboration with the Public Health Institute’s Regional Asthma Management and Prevention program, or RAMP, will provide filters to about 2,000 people throughout the Bay Area who’ve been diagnosed with poor-controlled asthma and are enrolled in the state’s Asthma Mitigation Project.

“Wildfires are increasing in the region and residents with asthma are some of the most vulnerable to the related smoke impacts,” the air district’s Executive Officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement. “Our partnership with RAMP provides air filtration units to these residents and can help reduce emergency room visits when air quality becomes unhealthy.”

In addition to providing the air filtration units, the participating asthma home visiting programs also provide services like in-home care visits, education and other solutions for people suffering from asthma.

See a brief news video from KTVU about the project, below.

See more news coverage of the project:

KQED Radio

CBS San Francisco

KCBS Radio

California News Times

Originally published by Bay City News/NBC Bay Area

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