Asthma and Respiratory

The Story of Health eBook

When a disease or health disorder occurs, people often ask their health care providers, “How did this happen?” A Story of Health multi-media eBook explores this question and delves into how our environments interact with our genes to influence health across the lifespan.  A Story of Health is told through the lives of fictional characters and their families – Brett, a young boy with asthma; Amelia, a teenager with developmental disabilities; and toddler Stephen, recently diagnosed with leukemia. Colorful illustrations, graphics and videos enhance each page. Links to a wide range of additional resources and hundreds of scientific papers enrich each story with information you can use today to promote health and prevent disease. A Story of Health is useful to readers ranging from health professionals to health advocates, from policymakers to those in the health and science media. The eBook offers FREE continuing education credits through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Tobacco Prevention Toolkit

Theory-based and evidence-informed resources created by educators, parents, and researchers aimed at preventing middle and high school students’ use of tobacco and nicotine.


Breathe CaliforniaBreathe California
Beginning in 1904, Breathe California has worked to reduce the impact of lung disease through prevention, education, advocacy and patient services.


American Lung AssociationAmerican Lung Association
This page contains asthma information for both the general public and health professionals, and includes important resources for engaging in advocacy efforts to promote clean air and asthma-friendly environments.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Center for Disease Control’s National Asthma Control Program


EPA's AirnowEPA’s AirNow
EPA’s AirNow Website contains local ambient air quality information and ozone maps.


University of California, Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension CenterUniversity of California, Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
The site contains information on the latest research demonstrating the effects of ozone air pollution on plants. There is also information specific to the San Joaquin Valley’s air quality and pollution-related games and information for school children.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Asthma InformationU.S. Environmental Protection Agency Asthma Information
This page links to basic information on asthma triggers and EPA initiatives to reduce the burden of asthma caused or exacerbated by both indoor and outdoor environments.


U.S. EPA Asthma Science NotebookU.S. EPA Asthma Science Notebook
This page uses interactive media including videos, podcasts, interviews, etc. to describe environmental contributions and risk factors for asthma. It also details disparities in asthma prevalence and EPA approaches to reducing population-level risk.


California Department of Public HealthCalifornia Department of Public Health

The California Environmental Health Tracking Program provides data, indicators, and information to help track asthma in California. The site allows users to generate maps, tables, and charts to view the impact of asthma in a particular area or for a specific segment of the population.


Fresno Asthmatic Children’s Environment Study (FACES) Fresno Asthmatic Children’s Environment Study (FACES)

This website describes the work of UC Berkeley researchers on the health effects of air pollution on children with asthma in the Central Valley. The site links to newsletters and scientific publications detailing their research findings.