BREATHE California of Los Angeles County (BREATHE LA) was first formed in 1903 as an independent lung health organization called the Los Angeles Society for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis. The organization served the city’s growing population of more than 300,000. For more than 30 years, the organization was committed to increasing public awareness about the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic and other lung-related diseases-including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema and working towards eradicating these diseases.
BREATHE California of Los Angeles County (BREATHE LA) rebranded itself in 2006, continuing our mission dedicated to clean air and preventing lung and other air pollution related diseases by partnering with youth, advocating public policy, supporting lung health research, and educating the public. BREATHE LA emphasizes our focus as an independent lung health organization to address Los Angeles County’s specific air quality and health needs. As pediatric asthma rates increased nationwide, the organization also placed greater emphasis on asthma education programs, while continuing to pursue clean air initiatives. BREATHE LA is a member of the BREATHE America Alliance, a network of nationwide independent lung health organizations, and BREATHE California Coalition, including four other BREATHE California organizations that focus on Central Coast, Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara-San Benito Counties. The BREATHE California coalition focuses on localized programs and comes together to implement programs and research that benefit all Californians. We work together to advance primary and secondary lung disease prevention and interventions, as well as advocate for clean air policies and practices.
Thanks to my guest Felita Jones...
To learn more about the activities of our affiliates and our statewide presence, visit www.breathecalifornia.org.
Lisa sits down with Felita Jones to talk about the history of the organization, Breathe LA, and how it has been working to make changes in Los Angeles.