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Breathe California has supported lung health research at local, state and national levels since its incoporation and continues to do so today.


Public Health Research Internship Program

During the winter and spring of 2014 Breathe California Golden Gate Public Health Partnership developed a special Public Health Research Internship Program. The overarching goal was to create an annual program providing public health graduate students with practical non-profit public health experience and research and evaluation skills through the lens of socio-medical sciences – the relationship between epidemiological trends and structural inequities. It was a success! Learn More.

Walter Travel Grants

The Walter Travel Grants were started with an endowment from Mr. Stephen Walter in the 1970s. The fund provides opportunities for pulmonary health investigators to share their research findings at scientific meetings by assisting with travel and registration fees.


Each year the Breathe California affiliates collaborate with the California Society for Respiratory Care to offer a $1,000 scholarship to a promising respiratory therapy student who demonstrates leadership potential in the promotion of lung health and/or clean air. The 2015 award was presented to Darren Wong (right), a Respiratory Therapy student at Skyline College in San Bruno, California.  Learn more

State and National

LabworkBreathe California sets aside a portion of its annual income to support state and national lung health research projects.  In the 2013-14 financial year we dedicated 10% of our revenue to lung health research.