California Asthma Public Health Initiative (CAPHI)
The mission of the California Asthma Public Health Initiative (CAPHI) is to improve the quality of life for all children and adults with asthma in California.
CAPHI is currently conducting its fourth clinical collaborative to promote improved pediatric asthma care and outcomes across California. Prior CAPHI collaboratives with a range of community health centers have resulted in children with asthma experiencing significant care improvements and reduced morbidity, including decreases in emergency visits (between 64 and 78 percent) and hospitalizations (between 67 and 85 percent).
Asthma is a public health priority for California because it continues to directly affect millions of individuals of all ages across the state. Over five million Californians have been diagnosed with asthma in their lifetime and more than half of them have an asthma attack each year. Asthma reduces the quality of life for millions of people and causes considerable economic costs for California.
Through coordinated approaches and partnerships in California, CAPHI seeks to reduce preventable asthma morbidity and mortality; to eliminate disparities in asthma practices and outcomes; and to implement effective programs and policies in asthma education, management, and prevention according to the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) Guidelines.
CAPHI partners include local, state, and national organizations, health care providers, county health departments, foundations, coalitions, and academic institutions.