Breathmobile coming to San Pablo thanks to grant

Breathmobile coming to San Pablo thanks to grant

The “Breathmobile” will soon be rolling into San Pablo as part of a $100,000 grant.

The funds, approved last week by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, means San Pablo residents will see visits from the mobile asthma clinic that goes to schools, neighborhood centers and other sites to offer free prevention services, evaluations, treatments and education.

The grant will also fund Breathmobile service in Hayward and Oakland’s Chinatown area. The mobile clinic currently visits 17 Bay Area locations, including North Richmond, where Chevron pledged $295,000 toward the asthma remediation last year and another $300,000 for more such projects this year.

Children are more strongly affected by air pollution because their lungs are still developing, they breathe more rapidly and spend much time outdoors, the air district says.

“Asthma is one of the main causes of emergency hospitalization among children each year,” executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement. “Many factors contribute to asthma triggers, so it’s important to reach children in impacted communities and provide medical help and education where they live.”

The Breathmobile is operated by the nonprofit Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc.