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Reducing Asthma Disparities by Addressing Environmental Inequities: A Case Study of Regional Asthma Management and Prevention's Advocacy Efforts

Lamb, Anne Kelsey MPH; Ervice, Joel BA; Lorenzen, Kathryn MNA; Prentice, Bob PhD; White, Shannon MPH

doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e318202a81d
Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH): Translating Processes of Change and Attributing Improved Health Outcomes to Social Determinants of Health Programs: Original Article

Regional Asthma Management and Prevention describes its collaborative approach to address a social determinant of health—air quality—and the associated inequities that have led to asthma disparities impacting African American and Latino communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The strategies, aimed at decreasing diesel pollution in disproportionately impacted communities, span the levels of the socioecological model, with an emphasis on policy outcomes. Regional Asthma Management and Prevention describes how this work fits within a larger comprehensive approach to address asthma disparities encompassing several components, ranging from clinical management to environmental protection.

Regional Asthma Management and Prevention, Public Health Institute, Oakland, California (Mss Lamb and Lorenzen, Mr Ervice, and Dr Prentice); and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (Ms White).

Correspondence: Anne Kelsey Lamb, MPH, Director, Regional Asthma Management and Prevention, Public Health Institute, 555 12th St, Oakland, CA 94607 (anne@rampasthma.org).

Disclaimer: The findings and conclusions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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