The CAFA Network
What is Community Action to Fight Asthma (CAFA)?
Community Action to Fight Asthma (CAFA) is a statewide network of asthma coalitions shaping local, regional and state policies to reduce the environmental triggers of asthma for school-aged children where they live, learn, and play.
As part of RAMP’s advocacy work, we lead and coordinate CAFA, providing opportunities for peer learning and facilitating strong advocacy efforts.
Would you like to become a member of CAFA?
If your coalition is working on or is interested in improving the environments of school age children by reducing environmental triggers in the home, at school and outdoors through policy change, please consider joining CAFA. Within the Network, you’ll find shared values and purpose, and a larger base from which to affect change.
What does it mean to be a CAFA member?
Any asthma coalition who shares CAFA’s mission can become a member of the Network. There are no formal membership requirements, aside from signing a member agreement. This agreement states the coalition’s commitment to the Network and its mission and identifies key representatives who can speak to the local coalition’s overall work and contribute to discussions and decision-making processes. Participation in the Network can include the following:
- Participate in conference calls and meetings to help set the Network’s policy agenda and to make decisions about policy actions along the way;
- Contribute to policy work by doing such things as helping with policy research, participating in meetings with key allies, sending letters of support, meeting with policymakers, providing testimony, etc.;
- Participate in convenings, such as statewide and regional meetings; and
- Help increase asthma visibility at the local and state level.
What asthma coalitions are already CAFA network members?
- Asthma Coalition of Alameda County
- Napa County Asthma Coalition
- San Francisco Asthma Task Force
- San Mateo County Asthma Coalition
- Solano Asthma Coalition
- Sonoma County Asthma Coalition
- West Oakland Asthma Coalition
- Merced/Mariposa County Asthma Coalition
- Fresno/Madera County Asthma Coalition
- Stanislaus County Asthma Coalition
- Tulare County Asthma Coalition
- Asthma Coalition of Los Angeles County
- Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma
- Orange County Asthma Coalition
- San Diego Regional Asthma Coalition
There are many benefits of membership:
- Technical assistance: RAMP provides information and tools to CAFA Coalitions in the areas of: advocacy, coalition development, community needs assessment, data evaluation, meeting facilitation, media, program planning, strategic planning, and sustainability.
- Opportunities for peer learning: As part of the Network, coalitions can take advantage of opportunities for peer learning through regional and state meetings, conference calls, and one-on-one conversations. Through this process, coalitions can learn about promising practices, successful strategies, and useful tools to aid in the implementation of their own work.
- Opportunities to contribute to a state policy agenda: Local asthma coalitions play an essential role in shaping our state policy agenda. RAMP staff connect coalitions with key opportunities to have an impact.
- Access to a clearinghouse of asthma information: RAMP hosts a full clearinghouse of asthma information, with essential updates about events, new research, new tools, model programs, and policy opportunities, freely available on our website.
- Opportunities to showcase your coalition across the state: With our visibility, there are numerous opportunities to highlight the successes and strategies of local coalitions beyond the community where they are based.
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