Campus: San Francisco State University -- January 11, 2000

SFSU Receives Million-Dollar Grant to Fight Inner-city Asthma Epidemic

Children who needlessly suffer from asthma in San Francisco's poorest communities may soon breathe easier, thanks to the "Yes We Can Urban Asthma Partnership," a San Francisco State University pilot program that received a million-dollar implementation grant from the California Endowment last month.

"Despite significant advances in asthma control, this disease has reached epidemic proportions among children in low-income communities," said Dr. Mary Beth Love, chair of SFSU's Health Department and principal investigator on the grant. An outgrowth of Community Health Works of San Francisco-a joint health-worker training program between SFSU and City College of San Francisco-Yes We Can brings together a wide coalition of community members and agencies that have, until now, been fighting this growing problem on separate fronts.

The most common chronic illness among children today, asthma plagues more than 15,000 children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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