Detroit Lions Running Back Jahvid Best Partners with The Northern California Breathmobile®
Released on: June 22, 2011, 4:08 am
Washington Burns, MD., Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc.
Oakland, CA – Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best recently
partnered with the Northern California Breathmobile®, pledging support
and helping to raise awareness for asthma management and treatment in
Bay Area children. “My family and I are pleased to work with the
Northern California Breathmobile, helping to improve asthma management
in children and making it possible for them to lead productive lives,”
As a child, Best suffered from asthma and has overcome this chronic illness to excel
as a football player in college at the University of California, Berkeley and now
with the NFL Detroit Lions. Best recently created the Best Foundation, a nonprofit
organization, to educate and increase awareness of key issues affecting children,
particularly asthma. In October, Best will participate in a charity flag football
game on behalf of the Northern California Breathmobile, which will appear on the hit
Tyra Banks show, America’s Next Top Model.
“The assistance of the Best Foundation will make it possible for the Breathmobile to
help more children with asthma management at schools in Alameda and Contra Costa
Counties, as well as in the Bay View/Hunter’s Point area of San Francisco,” said Dr.
Washington Burns, Director of the Northern California Breathmobile.
Asthma is a major health concern in the United States. Over 25 million Americans
(one in twelve) have asthma. Asthma disproportionately affects low-income
populations and the disease can be fatal. Patients, both adults and children, become
less productive in school and work when they are afflicted asthma. While there is no
cure, patients can learn to manage the disease and as Best demonstrates, lead
active, productive lives.
The Breathmobile program is an innovative step forward in reducing asthma
disparities by teaching low-income populations to manage asthma. The Breathmobile is
a 33-foot Winnebago van equipped to function as a mobile asthma clinic, with
pulmonary function testing, skin testing, a health risk assessment system and
electronic medical records. The Breathmobile makes regular visits to schools (each
school is seen repeatedly, every 4-6 weeks) bringing asthma specialists to evaluate,
treat and educate patients and parents about asthma management.
A primary contributing factor to asthma attacks is the environment, with air
pollution playing a major role. Other elements include substandard housing, lack of
access to healthcare, hereditary factors, and socio-economic status.
Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc. is a nonprofit entity
organized in 1995. The Center serves as a friendly, helping hand primarily for the
community of West Oakland. For more information, visit
Contact Details: PRESCOTT-JOSEPH CENTER for Community Enhancement, Inc.
920 Peralta Street, Oakland, CA 94607, 510-208-5651, 510-208-2801 (Fax)
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