Neighborhood Assessment Program Step 5

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5. Health Evaluation Efforts

Objective: To review the information and methodologies available to evaluate neighborhood-scale cumulative impacts. Initiate research efforts to fill data gaps identified and health impact evaluations in neighborhoods slated for monitoring in fall 2000. These efforts will assist in developing and/or improving the models to be used in future analyses.
Tasks:

  1. MATES II Health Correlation: Initiate efforts, either within ARB or through a contractor, to correlate MATES II air-monitoring data with available health data. Hospital admissions, mortality, or other readily available data sets would be acquired to investigate the association between ambient air quality and the incidence of adverse air pollution-related health events.
  2. Neighborhood Health Evaluations: Explore options and the scale of effort required to conduct health/exposure evaluations in neighborhoods slated for monitoring in fall 2000. Initiate efforts to conduct studies that may provide useful information within 12-18 months.
  3. Cumulative Impact Indices: Initiate efforts to correlate air quality monitoring data (e.g., criteria and toxic pollutant data from Barrio Logan and MATES II) with health data to develop cumulative exposure/impact indices that could eventually serve as a screening tool for evaluating neighborhood-scale impacts. Evaluate options and the feasibility of applying GIS-based analyses to estimate cumulative impacts. If feasible, initiate efforts to develop a protocol for applying those techniques.
  4. Identify Co-funding Sources: Initiate efforts to contact other research funding groups to acquire additional funding for the activities.

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