Health Professionals

The Health Professionals for Clean Air was founded 10 years ago by the American Lung Association in California and works to advance public policy that will improve air quality and fight climate change in order to reduce the effect of air pollution on public health.


Health Professionals for Clean Air Resources

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Presentation slides from Health Professionals for Clean Air meeting (6-5-15)

Presentation slides from Health Professionals for Clean Air meeting (2-6-15)

Presentation slides from Health Professionals for Clean Air meeting (7-1-14)


The Health Professionals for Clean Air has been a critical voice in the passage of key laws and regulations to make California a healthier place to live:   

  • Maintaning Economic Growth Through Climate Pollution Reduction (SB 32) sets an over-arching 2050 climate target that will improve public health and strengthen the economy.
  • Golden State Standards 50-50-50 (SB 350) sets a 2030 petroleum reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency goals to advance the fight against climate change and clean up the air for all Californians.  
  • Charge Ahead California Initiative (SB 1275) puts 1 million clean, electric vehicles on California roads by 2023 and increase access to electric vehicles in disadvantaged communities.
  • California Clean Truck, Bus, and Off-Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program (SB 1204) will accelerate the development and deployment of zero emission technologies for heavy duty trucks and buses.
  • Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Technologies Act of 2013 (AB 8) provides over $2 billion in funds over the next decade to reduce diesel emissions and support clean alternative fuels and technology.
  • Advanced Clean Cars standards adopted in 2012 require car companies to produce even cleaner vehicles from 2017 to 2025, including a requirement that approximately 15 percent of vehicles sold in 2025 be powered by zero emission technologies.
  • Sustainable Communities Act of 2008 (SB 375) requires the California Air Resources Board to establish regional reduction targets of greenhouse gases in consultation with local agencies.  The law also calls for metropolitan planning organizations to include sustainable or alternative community strategies in their regional transportation plans.
  • Low Carbon Fuel Standard of 2007 requires suppliers to reduce the carbon content of fuels sold in California by 10 percent by 2020.  This is the nation’s first regulation to reduce the carbon content of fuels.
  • The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) sets the nation’s first cap on greenhouse gas emissions. AB 32 establishes a statewide target to reduce greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2020 – a 25 percent reduction. This law also establishes a system to monitor progress and make sure that the emission reductions are made on schedule.
  • Diesel regulations to clean up harmful and toxic emissions from dirty on-road and off-road diesel engines, vehicles and equipment including trucks, buses, and goods movement at ports.
  • The Clean Cars Law (AB 1493) adopted in 2002 requires car companies to make cleaner cars with extremely low emissions of greenhouse gases for 2009 to 2016 model years.                                            

Despite these and other efforts, more than 70 percent of Californians live in areas with unhealthy air, and over 9,000 people die each year from exposure to air pollution. Global warming also poses a serious threat to public health, as rising temperatures leads to more air pollution. 


Partner organizations participating in the Health Professionals for Clean Air  

Currently there are more than 600 physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other health professionals, and more than 100 health and medical organizations throughout California that are part of the Health Professionals for Clean Air:

American Academy of Pediatrics – California District

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American College of Physicians, California District

American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate

Asthma Coalition of Los Angeles County

Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative

Breast Cancer Fund

Breathe California

California Academy of Family Physicians

California Black Health Network

California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health

California Medical Association

California Nurses Association

California Pan Ethnic Health Network

California Public Health Association – North

California Society for Pulmonary Rehabilitation

California Thoracic Society

Climate 911

Community Action to Fight Asthma

Dignity Health

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

Fresno-Madera Medical Society

Health Officers Association of California

Health Care Without Harm

Healthy African American Families II

Hospital Council of Northern and Central California

Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma

Los Angeles County Medical Association

Kern County Medical Society

Maternal Child Health Access

Medical Advocates for Healthy Air 

Merced-Mariposa County Asthma Coalition

Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield

National Physicians Alliance

Prevention Institute

Public Health Institute

Regional Asthma Management and Prevention 

Physicians for Social Responsibility (Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Sacramento chapters)

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

San Diego Regional Asthma Coalition

San Francisco Asthma Task Force

San Francisco Medical Society

San Mateo County Medical Association

Sonoma County Asthma Coalition

Sonoma County Department of Health Services

St. John's Well Child & Family Center

White Memorial Pediatric Medical Group


For more information about the Health Professionals for Clean Air and how you can help, please contact Will Barrett at 916-585-7663 or; or  Jenny Bard at 707-775-6044,

For more information about our advocacy priorities, click here.