Highlighting Philanthropy: Dr. Washington Burns

By Mark Orcutt, Communications and Outreach Manager
Dr. Washington Burns
(Pictured: Dr. Washington Burns)

Since 1997, Dr. Washington Burns, M.D. has served as the Volunteer Executive Director of the Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc. (PJC). As a lifelong health professional and community advocate, Dr. Burns endeavors to reduce health disparities existing within low-income families. As Volunteer Executive Director, he regularly donates over $50,000 annually to PJC’s Health and Human Services programs.

Dr. Burns’ foremost concern is the high prevalence of asthma among Bay Area children resulting in a serious and growing epidemic. Under his leadership, the PJC began providing asthma education classes to West Oakland schools to address this issue. After several successful years, PJC implemented the first-ever Breathmobile in Northern California to respond to the needs of neglected families throughout the Bay Area. The Breathmobile currently serves 17 school sites located in 9 cities serving nearly 300 youth annually.

As a volunteer, Dr. Burns seeks to redefine the definition of community through the Breathmobile scope of work in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. According to Dr. Burns, “Wherever children have asthma that is our community.”

Dr. Burns has been recognized by California State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson and Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, both praising the Breathmobile for improving the lives of students in the East Bay.

The East Bay Leadership Council is thrilled to honor his outstanding work in our community.

Photo Credit: Amy Sullivan