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EPA to announce grant funding for Oakland, Calif. health nonprofit to help fight asthma in schools nationwide

Release Date: 12/15/2014
Contact Information: Suzanne Skadowski, 415-972-3165,

SAN FRANCISCO – On December 17, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator will announce a major grant award to the Public Health Institute’s Regional Asthma Management & Prevention, in Oakland, Calif. to help school-based health centers nationwide prevent and manage environmental asthma triggers for children at school and at home. Asthma, a chronic respiratory disease that causes the lung’s airways to swell and narrow, leading to wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath, is the most common chronic disease among school-aged children. EPA will announce the grant at the West Oakland Middle School LifeLong Health Center, one of over 230 school-based health centers in Calif. and 2,000 nationwide that will benefit from the grant project.


U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld
Regional Asthma Management & Prevention (RAMP) Director Anne Kelsey-Lamb
California School-Based Health Alliance (CSHA) Associate Director Kristin Andersen
West Oakland Middle School and LifeLong Health Center officials, staff and students


Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)


West Oakland Middle School LifeLong Health Center, 991 - 14th St, Oakland, Calif.


Credentialed press who would like to attend should email to RSVP with your name, cell or email info, and media affiliation.

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About Regional Asthma Management and Prevention
Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP), a project of the Public Health Institute, promotes comprehensive strategies for reducing asthma that include clinical management and environmental protection. The Public Health Institute (PHI) generates and promotes research, leadership and partnerships to build capacity for strong public health programs.

About California School-Based Health Alliance
The California School-Based Health Alliance (CSHA) is the statewide nonprofit organization that aims to improve the health and academic success of children and youth by advancing health services in schools. CSHA helps schools and communities put health care where kids are – at school – and our conference, webinars, resources, and technical assistance help school-based health centers offer high quality, age-appropriate care to kids. Connect with us on Facebook and YouTube: schoolhealthcenters, Twitter: @sbh4ca.

About U.S. EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Region 9 administers and enforces federal environmental laws in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands and 148 tribal nations -- home to more than 48 million people. While great progress has been made to reduce smog, improve water quality, clean up hazardous waste and create sustainable, healthy communities, much work remains to achieve EPA’s goals of protecting our environment and ensuring public health. Connect with us on Twitter: @EPAregion9, Facebook: EPAregion9, and our newsletter: Learn more about our work to fight asthma: