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Media Advisory: California Border Community Unveils Community Air Monitoring Website to Address Air Pollution and Asthma Crisis

September 20, 2016

On September 30, Imperial County community members, local organization Comite Civico del Valle, the California Environmental Health Tracking Program, and partners will celebrate the launch of IVAN Air Monitoring, a community air monitoring website that puts real-time air quality information in residents’ hands, during a celebratory event at Heber Elementary School, home to one of the community air monitors.

Join them at the public unveiling of the new community air monitoring website at Heber Elementary School on September 30. This event will be followed by a catered reception. Scientists, community organizations, local officials and community members on the project will be available for interviews (in English and Spanish) at both events.

In Imperial County, the polluted air makes it risky to be a young child. Children in Imperial have an asthma ER rate that is nearly twice the state average. This project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, brings together scientists, community advocates, and local residents to develop a community air monitoring network. With the air monitoring data now available on a community-based website, parents and other residents now have air quality data that they can use to make immediate decisions to protect the health of their families.


Friday, September 30, 2016

Launch Event

8:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Heber Elementary School
1052 Heber Ave, Heber, CA 92249


10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Twin Dragon Chinese Restaurant
1131 Yourman Rd, Heber CA, 92249



Launch Event

  • Patty Marcial, Principal, Heber Elementary School
  • J. Todd Finell, Ed.D., Imperial County Superintendent of Schools
  • Luis Olmedo, Executive Director, Comite Civico del Valle
  • Galatea King, MPH, Health Surveillance Director, California Environmental Health Tracking Program, Public Health Institute
  • Division Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, California State Assemblymember, 56th District
  • Michael Jerrett, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Humberto Lugo, Advocate for Clean Air and Climate, Comite Civico del Valle
  • Esther Bejarano, Community Health Worker, Comite Civico del Valle
  • Astrid Calderas, PhD, Parent and Member of the project’s Community Steering Committee
  • Ivy Desiderio, Student, Heber Elementary School
  • Sara Diaz, Student, Heber Elementary School
  • Jose Flores, Brawley Union High School Teacher and Member of California State Board of Education Instructional Quality Commission


  • John Renison, MPA, Supervisor, District 1, Imperial County Board of Supervisors
  • Reyes Romero, Air Pollution Control Officer Interim, Imperial County Air Pollution Control District
  • Alberto Ayala, PhD, Deputy Executive Director, California Air Resources Board, California Environmental Protection Agency
  • Arsenio Mataka, JD, Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs, California Environmental Protection Agency
  • Amy Zimpfer, Associate Director, Air Division, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Graeme Carvlin, Doctoral Student, University of Washington
  • Michelle Wong, MPH, Health Communications Director, California Environmental Health Tracking Program, Public Health Institute


For more information or to confirm attendance, contact: Comite Civico del Valle at (760) 351-8761