Advocating to Reduce Asthma's Impact
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors created the Asthma Task Force in 2001 legislation to address the epidemic of asthma through primary prevention strategies with an emphasis on reducing asthma disparities disproportionately affecting lower income communities in San Francisco. The legislated task force came about due to the efforts of Bayview Hunters Point community activists and allies who identified asthma as a key issue for school children in Bayview Hunters Point and for all age groups citywide. Over 75 individuals representative of community advocates, health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and health educators, representatives of the Department of Public Health (SFDPH), the Department of the Environment and other City agencies have served as members in the ten-year history of the Task Force.
As of June 30, 2011, the legislated San Francisco ATF reached its sunset date and immediately transitioned to a community coalition of the same name, operating in cooperation with a non-profit fiscal sponsor, the Asthma Resource Center of San Francisco, Inc. For this reason, we have provided Board members and the public a snapshot of our ten-year accomplishments as well as a summary of yet-to-be completed policy objectives. We hope that our productive relationship with the City and County of San Francisco will continue to evolve beyond this transition period.