From early 2003 through early 2004, over 100 organizations met in regional meetings across California to begin the process of uniting to address asthma in our state. Regional meetings in Fresno, Monterey, and Los Angeles resulted in the development of a CAP Steering Committee to further guide implementation of the strategic plan.
Since that time, California Asthma Partners (CAP) has developed into a statewide partnership of numerous governmental and non-governmental organizations, agencies, institutions, coalitions, collaboratives, and other programs working to implement the Strategic Plan for Asthma in California. CAP was created in response to the need in California for a comprehensive and strategic approach to addressing asthma.
Partnership with California Breathing
CAP is a project of California Breathing, a program housed in the California Department of Public Health's Environmental Health Investigations Branch (EHIB). CAP and California Breathing aim to help local organizations realize the comprehensive strategies outlined in the Strategic Plan. EHIB was awarded funding under the "Addressing Asthma from a Public Health Perspective" program of the National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). California Breathing is also supported with California Prop 99 funds.