Please Make a Year End Donation to RAMP!

Dear RAMP Partners—

As we approach the end of 2013, I have been reflecting on the achievements that we at Regional Asthma Management & Prevention (RAMP) have had, and on the purpose of our work—reducing the burden of asthma. As the prevalence of asthma continues to rise, the problems of air quality, substandard housing, inequitable access to quality health care, and unhealthy land use policies continue to create asthma disparities—leaving low-income communities and communities of color literally struggling to breathe.

The good news is that, working together, we’ve built strong, broad-based momentum to tackle these hard issues. But we need your support to keep that momentum going.

Please consider making a donation to RAMP as part of your year-end giving.

Through the hard work and perseverance of RAMP’s talented staff, allies from diverse sectors, and with the support of partners like you, RAMP has accomplished much this past year:

•     Protecting people from pests in their homes:  We were thrilled when California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 488, setting the stage for pest-free housing! The bill, authored by Senator Hueso, co-authored by Assemblymenber Quirk-Silva, and co-sponsored by RAMP, the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network and the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers, addresses a significant code enforcement gap by expanding the authority to determine pest infestations to local code enforcement officers in jurisdictions without the services of a Local Health Officer. RAMP’s success on this bill ensures that all tenants, regardless of where they live, can have existing laws enforced to ensure their homes are healthy and pest-free.

•     Advancing a new model to address social determinants of health in a clinical setting: In partnership with Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, RAMP helped launch the Family Information and Navigation Desk (FIND), which systematically addresses patients’ social determinants of health needs in a primary care setting. The initiative is part of a new Bay Area movement involving several health institutions that are hoping to shift the way hospitals and clinics deliver care to vulnerable populations by proactively tackling social needs in medical settings.

•     Integrating respiratory health and climate change: RAMP has been part of a team of projects at the Public Health Institute working to increase public health engagement in climate change. From increases in air pollution and allergens, asthma is just one of many public health conditions exacerbated by climate change. RAMP has worked in partnership to develop a framework for increasing public health engagement in climate change; supported pilot projects across the state; and advocated for policy changes to reduce climate change and support health co-benefits.

•     Promoting health and equity in land use, transportation and freight planning: RAMP and its partners in the Six Wins Network rallied to incorporate public health and equity into the Bay Area’s Sustainable Communities Strategy, a blueprint for regional development that will reduce greenhouse gases. RAMP also helped lead the development of the California Cleaner Freight Coalition to push for transformational changes to the state’s freight system.

•     Leading the Community Action to Fight Asthma Network: Comprised of 16 coalitions across California, the Networks shapes policies to reduce environmental triggers of asthma. This year the Network weighed in on five bills, two of which were signed into law! One was SB 488 (see above) while the other will help clear our skies by funding pollution reducing vehicle incentive programs.

These examples are just a sampling of the work we’re so proud of, and we’re energized to continue to fulfill our mission of reducing the burden of asthma. We are in the middle of implementing a three year strategic plan reflecting goals and objectives that are most relevant to the communities we serve. We know that implementing this plan will support local efforts and influence policy and systems change, resulting in long term impacts for generations to come. We’re counting on you to work with us to make this vision a reality.

We know that we can continue making the changes that give people with asthma – and everyone in the community – healthier places to live and breathe.  But we need your help.  Please support our work with a tax-deductible donation. Your contribution of $25, 50, 100 or more will help improve the lives of children and families affected by asthma.

Please make your contribution today. Your support is greatly appreciated and every single penny counts!

Warm regards,

Anne Kelsey Lamb
MPH, Director