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Congratulations to the 15 Northern California Practices on becoming Asthma Champions!

These practices strive to maximize their care for children and families with asthma. As asthma champions these practices received additional hands on training in the treatment of asthma as well as contributed to an important asthma research program.

The purpose of the Applying the Physician Asthma Care Education Program to Underserved Communities (APPUC) study was to develop an additional component for the PACE (Physician Asthma Care Education) program that addresses cultural competency in provider-patient interactions. The goal was to improve physician awareness, ability, use of communication and therapeutic techniques for reducing the effects of asthma on children and their families.

Practitioners from the San Francisco Bay Area participated in this study and provided important feedback on the format and content of the module.  In appreciation of their valuable contribution to asthma research we would like to recognize the following practices as Bay Area Asthma Champions:

Bayside Medical Group
Dr. Richard Ash
Dublin, CA

Dr. Andrea Lee
Alameda, CA

Dr. Chi-Hua Wang
Fremont, CA

Dr. Amiee Simbre
Fresno, CA

Dr. Lisa Yu
Gilroy, CA

Dr. Meera Tatapudy
Oakland, CA

Dr. Dulce Vida A. Balmadrid
Stockton, CA  

Kaiser-Walnut Creek
Dr. Dorothy Hassler
Walnut Creek, CA

Oakland Head Start
Oakland, CA

Peninsula Allergy Associates
Dr. Adonna Topuzes and Dr. Betty Miller
Daly City, CA

SF Bay Pediatrics
Dr. Michelle Pepitone
San Francisco, CA

Southeast Bay Pediatrics
Dr. Ali Hallaj-Pour
Fremont, CA

Sutter Health
Dr. Arnold Blustein
San Leandro, CA

Tri-City Health Center-Fremont
Dr. Suksham Puri
Fremont, CA

Tri-Valley Pediatrics
Dr. Sam Pejham
Pleasanton, CA


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