Wildfire & Smoke Experiences Project

In partnership with the ‚Äč‚ÄčUniversity of California, Irvine, Program in Public Health, CNC EF is examining the health impacts of short-term repeated exposure to wildfire smoke or smoke events, such as fires associated with agriculture burning and illegal burning operations. The project focuses on the unincorporated communities of eastern Riverside County, including Mecca, North Shore, Oasis, Thermal, and the tribal lands of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians. Through multiple focus group discussions, the project has engaged more than 100 neighbors and family members, along with representatives from the Coachella Valley Unified School District, County of Riverside, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and more. In the fall of 2023, the project will host a community workshop to deliver key findings and recommendations to families, community members, and stakeholders.