General Asthma Information

Asthma must be aggressively attacked. Asthma intervention with public health strategies are needed in three major areas: medical management, environment and schools.

With the guidance of our Asthma Collaborative, we are actively working toward reducing the severity and prevalence of asthma in our local communities.

It is estimated that over 300,000 people have asthma in the Breathe California of Sacramento Emigrant Trails 28 county service area and asthma is one of the leading cause of school absences and lost workdays.

Why is it such a problem? The increase is related to complex and multiple causes including:

    • Lack of education on self-management and/or diagnosis

    • Access to medical services and/or not receiving the medical help necessary to manage their asthma Outdoor air pollution caused primarily by vehicle emissions in our non-attainment air basin

    • Secondhand smoke and other indoor air pollution

    • Adequate dissemination of asthma management guidelines and healthcare providers following these guidelines

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