New program staff at Breathe California
Viet Vu is the new Programs Administrator at Breathe California of the Bay Area. He has experience in working with youth, and his expertise includes project management, community outreach, data analysis, data management and program evaluation. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Biological Science at UC Davis and a Master of Public Health emphasis in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at University of Southern California.
Nidhi Badiyani recently joined Breathe California of the Bay Area as a Tobacco Control Specialist. In addition to her tobacco control activities, she also manages asthma programs and the CPAP program. She comes to the organization with extensive work experience in the healthcare industry. She earned her Bachelors in Dental Surgery in India and Master of Public Health (MPH) at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health.
Breathe California announces new executive director
The board of directors of Breathe California is pleased to announce Ms. Illyasha Peete, MBA, as the organization's new executive director. Ms. Peete comes to the organization with extensive management experience. Her achievements include successful fundraising, marketing, sales analysis, merchandising, establishing effective scheduling and policies, customer relations, contract negotiations, resolving personnel issues and maintaining high employee morale.
Update: Breathe CA sponsored legislation
Recently, a bill concept Breathe California developed was introduced in the legislature. The bill would have added two new members to the California Transportation Commission and was designed to ensure these members would be familiar with the environmental justice issues facing communities across the state that deal with disproportionately high levels of environmental degradation. Our version was inspired by and modeled on legislation passed last year to elevate environmental justice voices on the California Air Resources board.
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Marijuana initiatives on the California ballot in 2016
Recently, Rachel Barry and Dr. Stanton Glantz, two leading authorities in the field of tobacco control, released an analysis of two California initiatives seeking marijuana legalization. Their thoughtful analysis looked at the specifics of the proposals; what they would do and - perhaps more importantly - what they would not do. What don't they do? Breathe California agrees that these initiatives don't do enough to protect our kids and communities from the significant dangers posed by smoking.