12.17.14

Congresswoman Lee Announces $600,000 Grant for School-Based Health Centers

Oakland, CA – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator, Jared Blumenfeld, presented a $600,000 grant to the Public Health Institute’s Regional Asthma Management & Prevention, in Oakland. This grant will help school-based health centers nationwide prevent and manage environmental asthma triggers for children at school and at home.

“I am pleased these important federal resources are coming into the district to prevent, address and treat the disproportionately high rates of asthma amongst young people of color in our community. The East Bay community continues to fight for environmental justice and children’s health. It is an honor to represent that legacy in Congress,” said Congresswoman Lee.  “Today’s announcement is an important step towards addressing health inequalities in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. As a member of the Appropriations subcommittee and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Health Task Force chair, I will continue to work to ensure strong federal investments in community health and environmental justice.”

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Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.