RAMP Digest – January 20, 2011

Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) is a collaborative that promotes strategies for reducing asthma through a broad and comprehensive approach, which includes clinical management and environmental protection. RAMP brings together diverse partners such as public health and community-based organizations, schools, medical providers, and environmental health and justice groups to join forces in reducing the burden of asthma with a focus on communities inequitably affected by the disease.

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20 January 2011

Happy New Year! 2011 has started with a flurry of activity for RAMP. In addition to the normal updates we provide in these Digests, we’d like to draw your attention to three special items:

RAMP HOSTS INEQUITIES ROUNDTABLE – RSVP BY JANUARY 24TH
With a growing emphasis on the importance of social determinants of health, many organizations are focusing on health disparities and the inequities that lead to them. RAMP is convening partners and allies in a round table discussion to share what we are learning. Discussion topics will include: how have organizations and agencies been doing work to address inequities; what are the challenges; and what are the promising practices. For more information click here. Registration required by Monday, January 24th.

NEW TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE SITE LAUNCHED
RAMP has compiled a set of resources to make technical assistance more readily accessible. The technical assistance resources address the areas that support is most often requested and that RAMP has consistently provided. For more information about the TA toolkit, click here.

RAMP PUBLISHES ARTICLE IN FAMILY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH JOURNAL
Family and Community Health: The Journal of Health Promotion and Maintenance, recently published a supplement dedicated to “translating processes of change and attributing improved health outcomes to social determinants of health programs. The supplement features a wide variety of approaches and projects from the Center for Disease Control’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), of which RAMP is a part. RAMP’s article describes its collaborative approach to address a social determinant of health—air quality—and the associated inequities that have led to asthma disparities impacting African American and Latino communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The full supplement can be viewed here. RAMP’s article is available here.

We hope you have much success in 2011. Below are some additional items we hope you’ll find interesting.

Regards,
RAMP Staff

JOB OPPORTUNITY

Breathe California hiring project coordinator

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

EPA seeks proposals for children’s environmental health projects; deadline is February 18th

RESOURCES

National Asthma Control Initiative releases new booklet on asthma management

Online course now available for managing asthma in schools

STUDIES AND REPORTS

Report details income disparities in asthma burden and care in California

Report details racial and ethnic disparities in California Healthcare

The Breathe-Easy Home helps ease the asthma burden

Study examines risk of second hand smoke in multi-unit housing

New research sheds light on health risks of smog on young adults

California Report Card on children’s health released

Study examines link between Vitamin D, respiratory infections, asthma in infants

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