Air Quality

Researchers Involved: Paul Brown, Anna Song, Mariaelena Gonzalez, Linda Cameron, Ricardo Cisneros, Carol Sipan, Erin Gaab, student research assistants

Community Organizations Involved: Great Valley Center, United Way, Language classes, Riverbank Women’s Club, Boys and Girls Club

Process: Industrial and geographic features contribute to the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) having some of the worst air quality (AQ) in the United States. This, combined with high levels of persistent poverty, contributes to environmental health disparities in the region. This study uses a community sample of SJV residents to examine reports of AQ-related health problems, behaviors and attitudes. Student research assistants surveyed more than 500 SJV residents, using surveys and interviews in both English and Spanish. Participant groups and the locations at which they were approached were selected by community reference groups in Merced and Modesto to ensure often-underrepresented group involvement.

Results: Professors Paul Brown and Ricardo Cisneros and Lecturer Erin Gaab will be presenting their results at the Central California Asthma Collaborative's Asthma, Air Quality and Health Symposium on November 30th.