Central California Asthma Collaborative
Central California Asthma Collaborative (CCAC) is a non-profit organization that arose from a long-term collaboration between the Fresno County and Madera County Asthma Coalitions. CCAC works alongside a network of community-based organizations to leverage resources and expand the reach of asthma coalitions across the San Joaquin Valley. The organization’s mission is to reduce the burden of asthma and related respiratory conditions in the San Joaquin Valley. CCAC has two main programs that address asthma in the school aged population. They include:
Healthy Air Living Schools (HALS): A comprehensive school-based outreach initiative that aims to improve the health and quality of life of all San Joaquin Valley residents through strategies that clean up our air.
Asthma Impact Model (AIM): A multi-component intervention aimed at reducing asthma triggers in the home and school settings, insuring access to and proper use of asthma medications, and facilitating regular visits to a health care provider.
Asthma Management in Schools: Documents detailing regulations on asthma management in the school system and educational tools that can be utilized by teachers, students and others interested in addressing asthma among K-12 students.
How we meet the SPAC Objectives
Central California Asthma Collaborative works to meet these objectives as stated in the Strategic Plan for Asthma in California, 2014 – 2019:
5A.2 Advocate for school and district implementation of, and compliance with, existing laws and regulations that impact asthma; recommend new laws/ regulations or changes to existing ones as needed.
5A.4. Institute targeted and specialized trainings for district and school personnel on asthma management and indoor environmental quality in schools, to include health personnel, administrators, teachers, front office staff, coaches, maintenance/facility personnel, food preparation workers, and bus drivers
5A.5. Minimize exposure to contaminated outdoor air and promote safe and healthy outdoor school environments
5A.6. Advocate for the resources, financial and otherwise, to support asthma management and healthy indoor environmental quality in schools
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