Collaborators and Publications
The target communities are characterized
as being diverse, racially and economically. It is to
preserve the richness of these communities, to protect them
from the encroaching industries and to promote their health
and well-being that LBACA has been providing clinical
services, community education and advocating on their
behalf. In the target communities highlighted in this
report, no one ethnic or racial group is in the majority.
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The Trade, Health & Environment Impact
Project, also referred to as THE Impact Project, is a
community-academic partnership focused on reducing the
impacts of international trade on health and community
life. Funded by The California Endowment, THE Impact
Project began its formal collaboration in the spring of
2006; however, many of the partners have been working
together on goods movement-related issues in Southern
California for years.
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THE Impact Project website will
serve as a network for communities and researchers alike to
find useful news links, resources, and information about our
Dark Side of the New Economy
by Wade Graham
OnEarth Magazine Spring 2007
California's San Pedro Bay ports
form a vast metropolis of polluting cargo ships, trucks, and
locomotives -- a "diesel death zone," say the neighbors, who
are fighting back against the leviathan.
to read article.
Controlling Asthma in Los
Angeles County: A Call to Action.
Toxic Air: How the Ports
Contribute to Pollution in the L.A. Basin.
to read article.
Paying With Our
The Real Cost of Freight Transport in California.
to read article.
Outdoor air pollution and the indoor
environment have been shown to cause or exacerbate asthma.
As described in the LBACA’s Project Director, Elisa
Nicholas’ collaborative article in the Society for Public
Health Education journal,
Recent studies have shown a link between air pollution and
respiratory symptoms, asthma exacerbations, and asthma
hospitalizations. The National Asthma Education and
Prevention Program (NAEPP, 1997) Guidelines for Effective
Management of Asthma list the control of an individual’s
environmental factors and triggers as necessary for
effective asthma management. More recently, links have been
found between air pollution, deficits in lunch growth and
possibly the development of childhood asthma. Biological and
chemical indoor exposures have been shown to be associated
with or cause childhood asthma.
Coalition Based Approaches for Addressing Environmental
Issues in Childhood Asthma Elisa Nicholas, et. al., SOPHE
Volume 7 (2) April 2006.
To reach beyond the individual, one-on-one approach to
managing asthma in children, LBACA as a coalition has
expanded to address both
outdoor air pollution and the
indoor environment through policy changes locally,
regionally and statewide. The culmination of LBACA’s
involvement in policy work has brought a strong community
voice into the policy making process, resulting in
education and empowerment.
As 1 of 12 coalitions statewide being funded by the
California Endowment’s Community Action to Fight Asthma
and with support from other
foundations, LBACA has become a key player in advocating for
health protective policies, and involvement of community
throughout the policy making process. Here are the stories
of our members, the projects impacting their health, and the
solutions we are seeking and supporting to protect children
with asthma in Long Beach and its surrounding communities.
Through a collaborative relationship with the
Coalition of Los Angeles County, LBACA
and other community groups developed the document:
"Controlling Asthma in Los Angeles
County: A Call to Action". This document
reviews the impact of asthma on county residents, discusses
the factors that contribute to this disease, and provides
recommendations for improving asthma outcomes countywide.
The Coalition developed the document with input from
numerous experts in the field, including clinical care
professionals, environmental policy advocates, school and
childcare experts, and asthma researchers. The purpose of
Call to Action is
to raise awareness among public officials, community
leaders, and those working to improve asthma-related systems
of care, and to serve as a catalyst for people to come
together to implement the proposed recommendations.