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History

ImageBreathe 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, we changed our name many times, while continuing our long history of service to the community.

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, the organization would change its name several times and expand its mission to fight other forms of lung disease and threats to lung health.

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. The organization also joins with four other California organizations to form a statewide Breathe California network.

Today

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.

For a number of years Breathe California, Golden Gate Public Health Partnership was affiliated with the American Lung Association (ALA) and the American Lung Association of California (ALAC). In 2006, Breathe California, Golden Gate Public Health Partnership ended its affiliation with the ALA and the ALAC and is no longer affiliated in any way with those organizations. Breathe California, Golden Gate Public Health Partnership continues its mission to address lung health and air quality issues critical to the well-being of the communities we serve.


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