LA Times article: Contrasting views that pollution will be reduced once rail yard is built near LA harbor

[ Posted on October 22nd, 2012 by Porsche Johnson | No Comments » ]

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) is proposing to build a new rail yard called the Southern California International Gateway (the SCIG) on property owned by the Port of Los Angeles, according to yesterday’s LA Times article

The article mentions the Port of Los Angeles, drafted a report called the “Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report,” which includes commitments to using some greener equipment, some cleaner trains, and other measures to reduce air pollution. BNSF and the Port claim that the project will reduce air pollution because most of the trucks that would normally travel to a rail yard about 20 miles inland (called the Hobart rail yard) would instead be able to travel just a few miles. They believe this would result in less air pollution all along the route on the 710 freeway that goes to the Hobart yard. 

Environmental advocates, public health experts and officials at the South Coast Air Quality Management District disagree and argue that the trucks, trains, and equipment together (approximately 5,500) would create a lot of harmful diesel pollution, near several schools and low-income and minority populations that live near the rail yard. “By 2035, there will be almost twice as many (more…)

Oct 30 Health data workshop (Los Angeles): Using the AskCHIS online webtool

[ Posted on October 22nd, 2012 by Porsche Johnson | No Comments » ]

Learn how to power up your program planning and policy advocacy with data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the nation’s largest survey on the health care needs of California’s large and diverse population. Join staff from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research’s Health DATA Program, Tuesday, October 30, 9 am – 2 pm, for a NEW, no-cost, one-day workshop on how to use AskCHIS, the free easy-to-use online Web tool from CHIS that enables you to search for health statistics on your county, region or statewide.

The training will focus specific health issues including access to healthcare and environmental health.  You’ll learn how to develop (more…)

Dec 11 Workshop (Los Angeles): How to find and use children’s health data

[ Posted on October 19th, 2012 by Porsche Johnson | No Comments » ]

Learn how to find and use data on children’s health and well-being at a Dec.11 FREE workshop in Los Angeles, CA hosted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research’s Health DATA Program and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, which supports the children’s health data website kidsdata.org. At this workshop, you’ll learn how to formulate data questions, interpret results, export data for analysis and use your findings in reports, presentations, proposals, and policy/program planning.

Working directly with the kidsdata.org website, attendees will learn (more…)

Oct 24 NIEHS webinar: Children’s health impacted by air pollution

[ Posted on October 18th, 2012 by Porsche Johnson | No Comments » ]

Research indicates children are more vulnerable to the negative health effects of environmental toxins because their brains are still developing. For example, the nervous system develops throughout childhood and is not well equipped to repair any damage caused by environmental toxins and the resulting loss can be irreversible.

Join the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) PEPH Webinar on October 24 to learn about endocrine disrupting chemicals such as phthalates and BisphenolA–which are harmful environmental exposures in our community, particularly on children’s health.  In this webinar, experts will highlight their research examining (more…)

Nov 26 workshop (online): Using AskCHIS to identify important health data

[ Posted on October 17th, 2012 by Porsche Johnson | No Comments » ]

Learn how to use AskCHIS, the easy-to-use, free, online Web tool that enables you to search for health statistics using data from the California Health Interview Survey on your county, region or statewide. Join staff from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research’s Health DATA Program for a no-cost, two hour online workshop, and learn how to formulate data questions, build queries, graph and export data and interpret results. Users will be able to watch the trainer via a live video feed, use the AskCHIS system and ask questions while the training is in progress. A computer, Internet access and a telephone are required. (more…)

The New York Times: Coke & Pepsi to display ‘calorie counts’ on vending machines

[ Posted on October 15th, 2012 by Porsche Johnson | No Comments » ]

The Affordable Care Act will eventually require all restaurant chains with more than 20 locations and vending operators with more than 20 vending machines to clearly post calorie information for the items on their menus and in their machines. In anticipation of the law, The American Beverage Association launched a pilot project that will display calorie counts on vending machines. According to an article in The New York Times, the vending machines are meant to give soda drinkers more control over (more…)

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