Central California Asthma Collaborative's Asthma Impact Model is a best practice model recognized by the Center for Disease Control as the premiere way to treat chronic illness. CCAC's program brings Community Health Workers trained to manage chronic disease directly to the patient's living room.
The San Joaquin Valley has a big asthma problem and that's something that I'm able to see when I go visit my AIM patients. I work with them on their asthma management, and I'm able to see a major improvement in their health.
We live differently now. We now understand what we have to do. How to wash and how to take medication. We didn't know how to take medication properly before. We would go to the doctor, but they give you the prescription without explaining how to use it.
Some of the patients also feel empowered and have gone to State Senate hearings to advocate for more programs like AIM because they see the needs in other patients as well.
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CCAC's mission is to reduce the burden of asthma and other chronic conditions through education, intervention, policy analysis and advocacy, improving care, and reducing air and climate pollution in the eight counties of the San Joaquin Valley.
We see a San Joaquin Valley where the health of every resident is our foremost concern.
CCAC emphasizes the importance of healthy indoor air quality and healthy homes through its multi-component asthma intervention program, the Asthma Impact Model (AIM). The program educates and assists families in reducing asthma triggers, medication compliance, and improving their overall home and school environment. The program also improves asthma disease management and significantly reduces asthma emergencies among high-risk populations. Referrals come from collaborating clinical partners, such as community health centers, health plans, physicians and other safety net providers who provide care to majority low-income, uninsured and vulnerable populations in the region. We work closely with various local and regional NGO's and community-based organizations whose members are affected by this condition to promote access to the program and educate their members and communities on this issue.
CCAC also works to eliminate health and climate inequities by attacking health and climate harming environmental sources. We advocate and pro-actively partner with the various state agencies and associated boards and commissions that control them and whose work turns legislative policy into regulatory action, that in turn drives system change.
CCAC was established in 2011 by a group of healthcare professionals to provide education and direct services, build regional capacity, and advocate for sensible policies to improve health through the prevention and management of chronic disease. To accomplish this, CCAC has established a network of stakeholders who work in a regional capacity to improve health and the quality of life for San Joaquin Valley residents affected by air pollution, asthma and other chronic health problems. With headquarters in Fresno and satellite offices in Merced, Tulare and Bakersfield, CCAC serves the 8 county region of the San Joaquin Valley air basin. Current research shows that 1 in 6 Valley children have been diagnosed with asthma and there are over 350,000 asthmatic children and adults across our Valley.