Breathe California works to help people lead healthier lives and help communities become healthier places to live.

Through direct service, advocacy and research we affect individual, institutional and community change for better breathing and better living.

"Because breathing
shouldn't be
a struggle or a risk"



Join us as we fight lung disease in all of its forms and work with our communities to protect lung health.

Make a difference... Help promote healthy lungs today.

Breathe California of the Central Coast's 4th annual Clean Air Awards Reception, held in Monterey on Thursday, May 15th, focused on positive initiatives being taken to reduce global warming and air pollution. Three local leaders were recognized for their work in the areas of Climate Change, Technology and Leadership.

Learn about the 2014 Clean Air Award Winners

California is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of air pollution and warmer temperatures. Increased temperatures caused by global warming will exacerbate air pollution, increasing the rates of asthma, respiratory and other lung related ailments. Our 2014 Clean Air Awards recognized the important work being done in the Central Coast area to combat climate change and reduce air pollution in the business, governmental, educational and non-profit sectors.

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County Health Resources Page

We have assembled local resources dealing with air quality, environmental organizations, asthma coalitions, hospitals, clinics, health care providers, pulmonary rehabilitation programs, school districts, child care, smoking cessation, tobacco and tuberculosis control and other voluntary health organizations in the counties that our office serves.

Visit our County Resources Page

2014 Breathe California State Conference

Breathe California Central Coast

Fights Childhood Asthma

Child with AsthmaBreathe California Central Coast’s Asthma Educators teach children to take control of their asthma leading to an overall 90% reduction in asthma-related hospitalizations and ER visits in program participants.

The Monterey Herald recently featured a story about the work Maria Elena Manzo, Breathe California Program Director, is doing to help families with asthma. Read the article on pages 11-12 of the Monterey Herald's "Health Matters" special section.

For more information on our asthma programs, click link to asthma program page.