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HCBF Awards Four New Grants to Address Respiratory Health in Harbor

The combined $300,000 in grant awards will go towards programs and services that address respiratory disease in San Pedro and Wilmington.

Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF) is pleased to announce the award of four new grants as part of its Healthy Harbor Grant Program. The combined $300,000 in grant awards will go towards programs and services that address respiratory disease in San Pedro and Wilmington.

The grants were unanimously approved by the Board of Harbor Commissioners of the Port of Los Angeles at its July 21st meeting. Funding comes out of the Port Community Mitigation Trust Fund (PCMTF), which was jointly established by community stakeholders and the Port of Los Angeles to mitigate Port impacts in San Pedro and Wilmington. The PCTMF is exclusively administered by HCBF.

A $50,000 grant to Coalition for Clean Air will go towards the installation of 15 low-cost air quality monitors across various community facilities in San Pedro and Wilmington. The project is part of the Community Learning Enhancing Air Resources (CLEAR) program. “Air quality monitors give residents an important look at air pollution in their community,” said Dr. Joseph K. Lyou, President and CEO of Coalition for Clean Air. “We are excited to bring our CLEAR program to Wilmington and San Pedro.”

A $123,000 grant to Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital in San Pedro will go towards the procurement of 5 state-of-the-art respiratory machines that will aid the emergency room in treating patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). “In our emergency department alone, ventilation is needed for at least 80 patients a month, and we see this number growing as our census increases and COPD becomes more prevalent in our local community,” said Anne Lemaire, Associate Administrator of Operations at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro. The equipment “will not only improve patient outcomes, but also lead to better breathing quality and comfort for patients,” Lemaire said.

To date, HCBF has awarded 99 grants to 55 organizations to mitigate Port of Los Angeles impacts in San Pedro and Wilmington, totaling just over $3.9 Million in grant awards.  “San Pedro and Wilmington residents face unique challenges because of their proximity to port operations and we are grateful to provide these grants that help our community,” said Ben Schirmer, Executive Director of HCBF.

List of New Healthy Harbor Grants

Coalition for Clean Air, $50,000 for the Community Learning Enhancing Air Resources (CLEAR) program.  Includes the installation of 15 air quality monitors that measure, display, record, and share particulate matter readings. Program will also include a workshop to train local participants on the use of the equipment and how to interpret and use the data collected.

Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation, $123,000 to procure five respiratory machines to improve the quality of respiratory care provided to asthma and COPD patients.

Robert F. Kennedy Institute, $52,000 to provide workshops and a fair focused on respiratory disease.  The grant funds will provide education on proper asthma education use and will provide three workshops to train promotoras with an emphasis on respiratory disease and chronic pulmonary case management.

The Children’s Clinic, $75,000 to provide respiratory self-management to children and their families suffering from respiratory disease, such as asthma. The program will also include the provision of respiratory medical supplies, professional development for providers, the enhancement of access to care and resources, and education on air pollution.