About RAMP

 

RAMP Vision Statement
RAMP envisions healthy communities where asthma is reduced and well-managed, and the social and environmental inequities that contribute to the unequal burden of the disease for low-income communities and communities of color are eliminated.

RAMP Mission Statement
RAMP’s mission is to reduce the burden of asthma with a focus on health equity. Emphasizing both prevention and management, we build capacity, create linkages, and mobilize networks to advocate for policy and systems changes targeting the root causes of asthma disparities.

Our Strategic Plan
Regional Asthma Management & Prevention (RAMP) works to reduce the burden of asthma with a focus on health equity. Established in 1996 and based in Oakland, California, RAMP is a project of the Public Health Institute. Building on past successes and responding to current needs and opportunities, our Strategic Plan outlines the goals and strategies that RAMP will pursue over the next three years to bring us closer toward achieving our vision.

Strategies
To fulfill our mission and vision, and in support of our goals in this strategic plan, RAMP utilizes the following core strategies:

  • Build capacity: RAMP keeps the asthma field abreast of best practices, opportunities and research. By disseminating tools, providing strategic guidance, and facilitating technical assistance, RAMP increases our collective impact on reducing the inequitable burden of asthma.
  • Create linkages: RAMP creates linkages among partners and topics to enhance collaboration and effectiveness.
  • Mobilize networks to advance policy and systems change: RAMP advocates—and lifts the voices of our asthma networks and partners—for policy and systems changes to address asthma, asthma disparities and social and environmental inequities.

Goals

  • Goal 1—Stable and Healthy Housing: Advance comprehensive policies on housing quality, affordability and tenant protections.
  • Goal 2– Healthy Air for All: Shape policies to reduce air pollution in inequitably burdened communities.
  • Goal 3– Health Care Equity: Increase access to prevention-oriented services within health care, and advance workforce development for asthma professionals.

To see the full strategic plan for January 2019 – December 2021, click here.

What Does “Regional” in RAMP’s Name Signify?
When we were founded in 1996, the “region” in “Regional Asthma Management and Prevention” meant the San Francisco Bay Area, where we still have strong and deep roots. At the time, the idea was to develop an organization that could serve as “connective tissue,” or an integrator, among different counties struggling with the same chronic disease – in this case, asthma. As our organization grew and our work evolved, so did our region. For example, we coordinate Community Action to Fight Asthma, a network of asthma coalitions across the entire state of California. Additionally, as we focused more on upstream social and environmental factors influencing asthma, we engaged in more state-level policy work. A grant from the Centers for Disease Control in 2007 provided us with the ability to reach out nationally. So while our home is the San Francisco Bay Area, no matter where we work we’re still supporting asthma advocates and creating connections among groups working on the disease.

Learn More About RAMP
In addition to our strategic plan, we developed the short video below to give our partners, funders, policymakers and the public a better sense of our work. Feel free to contact us for additional information, and to join us in our efforts!

 

 

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