California Breathing is dedicated to improving the lives of people with asthma in California by leading the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Asthma in California (the Plan). California Breathing is housed in the California Department of Public Health's Environmental Health Investigations Branch. Consistent with the priorities of the branch, California Breathing focuses on disease surveillance, increasing capacity of a broad network of partners to achieve goals in the Plan, and developing interventions that improve environmental conditions that cause or exacerbate asthma in the most vulnerable populations.
California Breathing won the EPAs 2009 Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management. The EPA acknowledged our leadership in addressing environmental triggers and coordination of community services as part of comprehensive management of asthma. Over the last eight years, California Breathing and its partners have achieved major accomplishments in our collective efforts to advance the current and previous Strategic Plan for Asthma in California. The accomplishments reflect California Breathing's socio-ecologic approach to reducing the burden of asthma, spanning across individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and policy levels. Many of the accomplishments focus on the environment, which mirrors California Breathing's strong belief in primary prevention and upstream approaches to reducing the burden of asthma.