A Community Effort

Because asthma is a community problem, we feel a significant part of the solution is the broad community participation in the Bay Area working together to address this problem. Some may suffer from asthma or have relatives or friends that do, but all of us are directly or indirectly affected by asthma costs, and the decreased productivity that it causes. Hidden costs of asthma include 911 calls, ER visits, lost school district revenue from absenteeism, and lost wages. Working together we can manage this controllable disease.

Our mission is to reduce the effects of asthma among economically challenged families by creating a sustainable asthma management program by using the Breathmobile® to shift people away from acute episodic care to regular preventive care.

Our vision is to develop a fleet of Breathmobiles® maintaining scheduled visits to Bay Area schools in Alameda County, Contra Costa County and San Francisco County.

We are very pleased to partner with the following groups, businesses, and organizations to bring the Breathmobile® to our community. We appreciate their continued support:

  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  • Port of Oakland
  • Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
  • AC Transit
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Children’s Hospital & Research Center
  • Blue Cross
  • Regional Asthma Management and Prevention
  • West Oakland Asthma Coalition
  • Alameda County Health Care Services
  • Alameda Alliance
  • Every Child Counts
  • La Clinica de la Raza
  • School Districts

Breathmobile® Administrative Staff

Washington Burns, MD
Executive Director

Keiko Barfield
Program Specialist

James Acuña
Driver/Patient Services Worker

Key people in the region are part of our advisory committee.

Partners at the unveling.

Top photo, left to right: Jean Rogenkamp, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Mary Frazier, RN, Washington Burns, MD, and Joe Wong, Port of Oakland at the Breathmobile® Unveiling on September 18, 2008

Middle photo: Felita Jones, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American and Washington Burns, MD at he Breathmobile® Unveiling

Bottom photo: Felita Jones of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Washington Burns, MD. Foreground: Priscilla Ward, Respiratory Therapist and Mary Frazier, RN on the Breathmobile®

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