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West County Asthma Coalition

Community Action To Fight Asthma (CAFA)

Project Highlights
March 2002 - December 2003

Outreach, Education and Asthma Trigger Reduction Activities

August 2002 - November 2002, and July 2003, recruited and trained 23 West County residents to be asthma community advocates. Asthma community advocates educate other residents about asthma and asthma trigger reduction, link families to medical care, and conduct policy advocacy.

By December 2003, the CAFA project reached 3,407 persons in West County. These activities were provided in Spanish, Laotian and/or English.

Beginning early 2004, asthma advocates will pilot test conducting free asthma home trigger check-ups to West County residents.

November 20, 2003, CAFA staff and advocates taped a Spanish-language television show on asthma for CCTV's Vida Sana en Vivo that aired in December 2003.

West County Asthma Coalition Activities

During this period, the West County Asthma Coalition met seven times:

  • February 6, 2003, first meeting in North Richmond. The event received coverage from radio, television and print media. Approximately 80 persons attend.
  • March 6, 2003, San Pablo. Discussed the overall goal and plans for the coalition. Approximately 35 people attended.
  • April 10, 2003, Central Richmond. Presentation on air pollution and asthma. Approximately 40 people attended.
  • May 6, 2003, Rodeo, "Asthma 101" Workshop in recognition of World Asthma Day. Approximately 30 persons attend.
  • June 10, 2003, Richmond, presentation of a draft CAFA Action Plan that lays out projects that the coalition and CAFA staff will work on for the next two years.
  • July 29, 2003, Parchester Village, further discussion of the Coalition's Action Plan.
  • September 23, 2003, Iron Triangle, presentation on asthma and housing issues. Twenty-five persons attended.


March 2003, participation in the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) community meetings to discuss development of a flare monitoring rule for Bay Area refineries.

April 17, 2003, the North Richmond Center For Health expands clinic hours as a result of advocacy by community members including West County Asthma Coalition.

Ongoing - CAFA staff and advocates participate in Contra Costa Environmental Justice Air Quality Resource Team led by Community Focus. The Team is providing input on the development of a monthly "score card" indicating permitting activities, violations, fines and remediation activities of Contra Costa Title V facilities as well as other air quality issues.

June 3, 2003, Asthma Community Advocates and staff make a presentation to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors (BOS). The BOS presents a proclamation to the CAFA Project acknowledging May as Asthma Awareness Month.

September 2003, CAFA staff collaborated with the BAAQMD and other community partners including the Community Health Initiative and the West County Toxics Coalition to host a community meeting on ozone. This "Ozone 101" was designed to help provide community residents information to ensure their meaningful participation in the BAAQMD's community input process on their Ozone Attainment Plan.

September 4 & 11, 2003, participation in the Ozone Attainment Community Meetings held in Rodeo and Richmond sponsored by the BAAQMD.

September 30, 2003, participation in the Transportation Control Measure Workshop sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to discuss current transportation control measures that are under consideration for the Bay Area's air quality plans, potential transportation control measures and other suggestions for additional measures for consideration by the commission.

CAFA staff provided technical assistance for the Air Pollution Town Hall Meeting held on November 20, 2003 sponsored by Neighborhood House and the Community Health Initiative. Approximately 50 community members attended.

On-going participation in the countywide Contra Costa Asthma Coalition.

Content provided by the Asthma Program of Contra Costa Health Services.

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