The Community Action to Fight Asthma Initiative (The California Endowment) was an attempt to fight trends toward high asthma-related mortality and morbidity by preventing and reducing exposure to environmental asthma triggers among school-aged children in California. This initiative was designed as a multifaceted community-based intervention, including actions at the local, regional, and state levels. The project included 12 local coalitions and four regional centers located throughout California.
Philliber Research & Evaluation, in partnership with University of California San Francisco (UCSF), developed an evaluation that tracked coalition growth from education-based entities to organizations that organized and implemented policy/advocacy activity. As part of the Initiative, we helped the California Endowment design and implement a quarterly reporting system that allowed them to monitor program activity. Using social networking methods, we collected information that helped assess networking and communication among the initiative's partners.