Grant Program: Community Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities, FY 2007
Organization Name: American Lung Association of California, San Diego
Organization Address: 2750 Fourth Avenue San Diego, CA
Phone Number: (619) 297-3901
Fax Number: (619) 297-8402
Title of Project: National City Asthma Project II
Project Director: Luis Lechuga, MPH
Description of Organization:
Founded in 1904, the American Lung Association is the oldest voluntary health agency in the United States. The American Lung Association of California, San Diego, has served the community since 1946. Its mission is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. The American Lung Association is active in tobacco-use prevention, clean-air initiatives, education and support for people with lung disease, tuberculosis prevention and treatment, support of lung disease research and asthma education and management. The programs conducted by the ALA in San Diego serve minority populations who are primarily of low-income.
Description of project:
The American Lung Association and its partners are conducting a demonstration project that addresses asthma disparities in National City, CA. The program is a community and local level, comprehensive asthma intervention that can be replicated in similar communities across the nation. The program partners are the National City Collaborative as well as the community clinics of La Maestra Community Health Centers, Operation Samahan Inc., and San Ysidro Health Centers. Project activities aim to help bridge the gap in communication between the health care provider and the patient; increase community awareness of asthma, its symptoms, its triggers as well as asthma and housing; and work with after school sports programs, recreation centers and boys and girls clubs to encourage physical activity among children with asthma. This project also helps to eliminate barriers so that families can get appropriate asthma care regardless of their health insurance status.