Community Action to Fight Asthma (CAFA) is a network of asthma coalitions in California working to shape local, regional, and state policies to reduce the environmental triggers of asthma for school-aged children where they live, learn, and play. It is widely recognized that environmental factors play a major role in asthma, so CAFA members work to support the creation and implementation of policies that reduce environmental risk factors for school-aged children with asthma.
The CAFA Network provides a structure to help safeguard and enact environmental policies at the state, regional, and local levels throughout California. The policies are focused on reducing environmental triggers in schools, homes, and outdoor air, ultimately improving the quality of life for people with asthma. The CAFA Network comprises local coalitions that bring together diverse constituents, including health care providers, schools, public health organizations, environmental health and justice groups, and community residents, to collectively address the problem of asthma in their communities. The CAFA Network mobilizes the voice and experience of the local communities to shape asthma policies.
Below are summaries of CAFA-sponsored activities open to CAFA members and occasionally other partners.
Since 2002, when the CAFA Network began, member coalitions have met at least once a year in Oakland, Los Angeles, and more recently in Sacramento to discuss coalition development strategies, learn about local policy objectives, and collaborate on state-level policies. Annual Meetings typically take place in the Spring. For more information about the next Annual meeting, please contact Brandon Kitagawa at 510-302-3395.
Monthly Network Calls
Each month, CAFA Network members participate in a conference call facilitated by RAMP to share resources, discuss policy issues, and hear presentations from local coalitions about their work. The calls are an opportunity for the members to shape the direction of the Network as well as gain support from one another. For more information about the calls please contact Brandon Kitagawa at 510-302-3395.
Occasionally RAMP hosts a webinar for CAFA members as well as other partners and allies. The webinars are opportunities to learn more about specific topics or skills relevant to asthma and policy advocacy. To view the materials from previous webinars, see the links below:
- Sustainability: Coordinating an effective asthma coalition with little or no funding
- Next Steps in Planning, Land Use and Transportation Policy: Public Health Advocacy and Policymaker Engagement
- The California Legislature 101: Unscrambling California’s Legislative Process
- Making Your Voice Heard: Media Advocacy and Policymaker Engagement