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The Asthma Program

Asthma - A Major Health Problem

Asthma affects approximately 15 million people in the United States, an increase of more than 60 percent since the early 1980s. In Contra Costa County, more than 12,000 children and 23,000 adults have been diagnosed with asthma. Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases affecting children in the U.S. Asthma can be dangerous to children, severely affecting their ability to learn, speak, eat and play.

Asthma attacks can be dangerous

If you are having difficulty breathing or if you are having trouble walking or talking due to shortness of breath or lips or fingernails are gray or blue, get help immediately by calling 911.

If you are having difficulty with your asthma, or if you have questions about your own asthma care contact your doctor.

The Community Action To Fight Asthma (CAFA) Project has trained community residents from West Contra Costa County who conduct workshops on asthma triggers in the community. The CAFA project supports a Contra Costa Asthma Coalition composed of parents, child-care providers, school officials, health care providers, environmental groups, and residents concerned with addressing the environmental aspects of childhood asthma. Contact: Cedrita Clairborne, 925-313-6861.

Learn about the highlights and activities of our CAFA Project.

The CAFA project is funded by a grant from The California Endowment.


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