Current Policies

RAMP engages in a wide range of policy efforts aimed at addressing the burden of asthma.  These efforts range from sponsoring state legislation on health housing issues such as pest infestations and mold in homes, to participating in regional and state level regulatory campaigns to improve outdoor air quality, to shaping healthcare financing to support proven asthma interventions.

Stable and Healthy Housing

In partnership with members of the California Healthy Housing Coalition (CHHC), RAMP is working to develop policy proposals to improve tools available to hold landlords accountable for maintaining safe and healthy housing, with a particular focus on addressing slumlords and repeat code violators.

Additionally, because of the negative health and equity impacts of housing instability, RAMP is supporting efforts of our partners to address the state’s housing crisis, including legislation to protect tenants from excessive rent increases, prevent discrimination against Section 8 Voucher holders, preserving permanently affordable housing, and expanding the supply of affordable housing.

Healthy Air for All

Promoting transformational changes to the state’s freight system

RAMP is addressing the health problems and social inequities created by the state’s freight transportation system – the network of ships, ports, trains, rail yards, distribution centers, trucks, and other equipment that move goods in and across California. In addition to those goods, the freight system brings pollution and quality of life burdens to too many communities, especially low-income communities and communities of color. RAMP and its allies in the California Cleaner Freight Coalition are pushing the California Air Resources Board and other agencies to adopt regulations and incentive programs to speed up the transformation to the zero emission system we need.

Promoting public health and equity through the Community Air Protection Program

RAMP, as part of the Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative (DDDC) and in collaboration with other partners, is working to maximize the benefits from the Community Air Protection Program. Created by AB 617 in 2018, the Program is a major new effort to address multiple sources of pollution in the state’s most inequitably burdened communities.

In West Oakland, RAMP and the DDDC are ensuring the community’s Air Protection Plan addresses pollution from freight transportation and other mobile sources. RAMP is also supporting New Voices are Rising at the Rose Foundation to help build the capacity of youth to participate in the Community Air Protection Program at local and state levels.

Health Care Equity

Expanding Access to Asthma Home Visiting Services

California State Senator Melissa Hurtado has introduced SB 207, which would increase access to asthma education and home environmental trigger remediation among Medi-Cal beneficiaries with poorly controlled asthma.

There is robust evidence showing that asthma education and in-home assessments improve the lives of people with asthma and reduce costly visits to the emergency room. This legislation, co-sponsored by RAMP, Children Now, and the California Pan Ethnic Health Network, will make sure that these services are available to the people who need these services the most.

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