Oakland Celebrates World Asthma Day

Jacqueline Orpilla, representing State Assembly Member Rob Bonta, speaks during World Asthma Day at Jack London Square. Photo by Spencer Whitney.

Jacqueline Orpilla, representing State Assembly Member Rob Bonta, speaks during World Asthma Day at Jack London Square. Photo by Spencer Whitney.

The Alameda County Asthma Coalition, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the Northern California Breathmobile celebrated “World Asthma Day” this week to not only work on more solutions but also continue to raise awareness about the condition.

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World Asthma Day is part of a global effort to educate the community not about the affects of asthma and solutions that are working to fight against the condition.

The event featured speakers representing Hon. Rob Bonta, State Assembly; Hon. Keith Carson, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney; and, the Port of Oakland.

Brigitte Cook, who represented McElhaney, stated that the councilwoman’s son has recently suffered an asthma attach and had to receive treatment. She noted the importance of community organizations continuing to provide care and resources like the Prescott-Joseph Center.

The Prescott- Joseph Center launched the Northern California Breathmobile in 2009 and is a main source for asthma awareness within the Easy Bay. The Breathmobile is a mobile health van that travels to elementary schools throughout the East Bay providing free asthma screening and other medical testing to economically challenged families.

“As we recognize World Asthma Day, we must recognize that healthcare is a human right,” said Jacqueline Orpillafrom, representing Rob Bonta. “Together we can promote the solutions to reduce the effects of asthma and other diseases.”

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