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February is Black History Month - Reclaim Your Breathing 

The CDPH California Breathing (CB) program honors Black History Month by learning about the accomplishments and history of the Black community. CB is also raising awareness of how Black Californians are impacted by asthma (PDF). Asthma is a chronic lung condition that makes it hard to breathe and can cause episodes of wheezing, coughing, trouble breathing, and chest tightness. There is no cure for asthma, but it can be controlled. 

In the CB February 2024 newsletter, CB’s Asthma Disparities and Health Equity Specialist Chanel Emeh reflects on what Black History Month means to her and what she has learned about asthma in Black communities. 

Chanel’s work inspired the Black History Month social media toolkit themed “Reclaim Your Breathing.” This toolkit can be used by organizations and others to increase awareness about asthma in the Black community and how individuals can recognize whether their asthma is under control. 

To learn more about asthma and asthma control, please visit California Breathing​ ​

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​Manage your asthma and take control of your breathing by following these action steps:

  • Talk to a health care provider about managing your or your child’s asthma.  
  • Update or create an Asthma Action Plan.  
  • Identify your asthma medication and check that you’re using your medication correctly.  
  • Identify your asthma triggers an​d recognize when your symptoms get worse.  
  • Have a plan for asthma emergencies. 

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​ If you regularly have trouble breathing, chest tightnesscoughing, or wheezing, talk to your health care provider. 

Learn more by visiting 

#BlackHistoryMonth ​

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​With proper treatment, people with asthma can lead full and active lives. Reclaim your breathing by talking to your health care provider about how to get your asthma under control. ​

Learn more about asthma and asthma resources at 


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