South Coast AQMD Addresses Public Health Concerns with Local Religious Leaders

On November 7, 2019 over 40 participants came together to learn about air quality programs and incentives at the “Orange County Faith-Based Leaders Breakfast and Panel Discussion” hosted by the South Coast AQMD.

The program was moderated by Unite Here Local 11 Co-President, Ada Briceño. Panelists included Fabian Wesson, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer of Legislative, Public Affairs & Media at South Coast AQMD; Jose Rea, Executive Director of Madison Park Neighborhood Association; and Dr. Afif El-Hasan, Kaiser Permanente Pediatrician.

The event provided a venue for leaders across various religions to come together and learn about air quality and share the health concerns of their congregations with the agency. Related information about incentives, AB 617 and demonstrations of the agency’s smartphone app were also featured at booths in the lobby area. This series of events is intended to share how the South Coast AQMD can be a resource and help build connections to further the conversation of air quality as a priority for all Southern Californians. Faith leaders can then share the information with their congregations.

This was the second faith-based event held this year by the South Coast AQMD. The first one was held in February 2019 in Los Angeles.  A third event is being planned for the Inland Empire in early 2020.


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