Healthy Air for All

Shape policies to reduce air pollution in inequitably burdened communities.

As a result of unjust policies, investments and planning decisions, low-income communities and communities of color are inequitably exposed to air pollution, which can exacerbate asthma and contribute to the onset of the disease. While there are many sources of air pollution, RAMP focuses on those sources that inequitably impact low-income communities and communities of color—for example, diesel pollution from the freight transportation sector, including ports, railyards, freeways and distribution centers. RAMP also focuses on policies that address cumulative impacts, meaning the combined impact of pollution from multiple sources.

With the growing body of climate mitigation and adaptation policies in California, RAMP works to ensure that those efforts maximize co-benefits for people with asthma and low-income communities and communities of color, more broadly. RAMP also supports health and public health leaders in responding to climate impacts, such as wildfires, that directly affect asthma.

Intended outcomes include:

  • Benefits for low-income communities and communities of color are maximized by California’s Community Air Protection Program.
  • Local, regional and state freight transportation plans prioritize health and equity.
  • Climate-related investments maximize co-benefits for people with asthma.
  • Tools support health and public health leaders in responding to wildfires and other climate impacts that directly affect asthma.
  • The public health voice supports policy efforts of environmental health and justice groups across the state.
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