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"

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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.

Our Vision: Communities empowered to eliminate the causes and burden of lung disease, promote clean air and improve public health.

Breathe California Central Coast serves all people in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo counties. Special consideration is given to the 30% of the population that suffers from respiratory disease and the medically underserved. More than ever before in our local communities, Breathe California's strategic battle against lung disease is critical.

Monterey County Pilot Program to

Cover Health Care Gap for Uninsured

Child with AsthmaBreathe California Asthma Educator Maria Elena Manzo has worked with underserved area communities for years, teaching children and their families to understand and take control of their asthma.

The Monterey County Weekly's recent story features Manzo, whose testimony helped inspire the Monterey County Health Department to move forward with this important step in improving clinical outcomes for undocumented migrants.

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

NEW: Become an E-Advocate

Become a Breathe California E-Advocate

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