About ARC

Our mission:

To reduce the impact of asthma across New England, through collaborations of health, housing, education, and environmental organizations with particular focus on the contribution of schools, homes, and communities to the disease and with attention to its disproportionate impact on populations at greatest risk.

Our membership:

ARC is a coalition of nearly 75 public agencies, private organizations and researchers across New England working to tackle environmental and clinical aspects of pediatric and adult asthma.  ARC’s members bring the diverse perspectives and resources of health, housing, education, environment, managed care and advocacy organization together to focus on asthma. Leaders with knowledge, resources and determination have joined forces to identify and implement solutions to improve the lives of those with asthma. ARC is a program of Health Resources in Action.

Our history:

ARC was launched in 2000 as the result of a summit – hosted by Region I (New England) offices of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – that called for a multi-disciplinary cross-sector effort to eliminate environmental triggers of asthma.  ARC has an environmental justice focus in that it recognizes, as part of its core mission, the need to address the disproportionate environmental and health burdens experienced by low income and racial minority communities.  Click here to learn more about our work.


ARC is led by a director under the supervision of an Advisory Committee drawn from membership.

Advisory Committee:

  • Gary Adamkiewicz, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Suzanne Condon, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Rhona Julien, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1
  • Ron Kraatz, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Gail Livingston, Boston Housing Authority
  • Martin Nee (ex-officio), US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Betsy F. Rosenfeld, US Department of Health and Human Services Region I (New England)
  • Rick Rumba, WorkWISE NH
  • Megan Sandel, Boston Medical Center
  • Peter Simon, Rhode Island Department of Health

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