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Your Environment. Your Health.

Community-Based Air Monitoring

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)

August 24, 2017

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Residents in communities across the country are often curious or concerned about the quality of the air they breathe and how it may affect their health or the health of family and friends. While many locations have air monitors, those monitors are sometimes not in communities of concern. With the advent of smaller, low-cost sensors, residents have become increasingly engaged in monitoring the air quality in their neighborhoods so as to understand and reduce potential health risks.

This webinar highlighted two community-based air monitoring projects. The first was a collaboration among the California Environmental Health Tracking Program (a partnership of the California Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute); the Comite Civico Del Valle Inc.; the University of Washington; the University of California, Los Angeles; and George Washington University. The second was a partnership between the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Fairmount Greenway Task Force. The presenters discussed their approaches, the benefits of those approaches, and future opportunities.


Imperial County Community Air Monitoring Project: Using Low-Cost Sensors to Develop a Community Air Monitoring Network(6MB) 

Paul English, Ph.D., California Department of Public Health
Michelle Wong, California Department of Public Health
Edmund Seto, Ph.D., University of Washington
Luis Olmedo, Comite Civico del Valle
Humberto Lugo, Comite Civico del Valle

Wheels on the Ground: Citizen Science and the Fairmount Greenway(3MB) 

Ann Backus, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Traci Brown, Ph.D., Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Michelle Moon, Fairmount Greenway Task Force

Related Article

English PB, Olmedo L, Bejarano E, Lugo H, Murillo E, Seto E, Wong M, King G, Wilkie A, Meltzer D, Carvlin G, Jerrett M, Northcross A. 2017. The Imperial County Community Air Monitoring Network: a model for community-based environmental monitoring for public health action. Environ Health Perspect 125(7):074501. [Full Text] 

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