Breathe California, Golden Gate Public Health Partnership has worked to reduce the impact of lung disease since 1908. Our organization began as the San Francisco Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis, becoming Breathe California on February 12, 2006. During the last century, our name has changed but we have remained the same community based organization dedicated to the core mission of fighting lung disease through prevention, education, services and advocacy.
At right, Public Health Nurses in front of our organization’s first office at 1547 Jackson Street in San Francisco in 1908
The Evolution of our Local Organization
1908 – The San Francisco Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis is founded as an independent, local organization dedicated to fighting TB, the major public health crisis of the time. The first meeting of the founding board of directors is held on June 25, 1908.
Over the next 75 years, as we expanded our mission to fight all forms of lung disease and threats to lung health, the organization would change its name and expand our geographic reach.
1920 – San Francisco Tuberculosis Association
1961 – San Francisco Tuberculosis and Health Association
1973 – San Francisco Lung Association
1979 – American Lung Association of San Francisco
1994 – American Lung Association of San Francisco-San Mateo Counties.
2006 – The organization changes its name to Breathe California, Golden Gate Public Health Partnership and expands its catchment area to include nine northern California counties: San Mateo, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte. The organization also joins with four other California lung health organizations to form the statewide Breathe California network.
With more risks to lung health than ever before lung disease has become the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States.
We work to improve air quality, to reduce the impact of asthma, to reduce tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke, offer services to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to help them better manage their illness and support research to find cures for lung diseases.
We are now Breathe California, the same organization and nonprofit corporation that we have been since 1908. As the oldest voluntary health organization in the Bay Area, we will not only build on the past but continue providing quality services in the future.