USC AIRE Children’s Study

What is AIRE?
Imperial Valley
Respiratory health and the

Study Aims

  • Form a children’s respiratory health study through the collaborative development of materials and instruments for public education, parental involvement and health assessments, and report-back of results.

  • Quantify children’s exposures to PM by leveraging an existing community-based air monitoring network and by developing a source-apportionment model using hallmarks of Salton Sea dust.

  • Assess the impacts of chronic insults of PM on longitudinal respiratory health and atopic conditions in 500 elementary school-aged children.
  • Build an evidence base to inform the participation of families in decision-making processes on the Salton Sea.

  • Establish the Assessing Imperial Valley Respiratory Health and the Environment Community Health Education and Advocacy program to expand the capacity of local institutions and residents to meaningfully address environmental health disparities.

Salton Sea Shoreline
Shohreh Farzan and Lisa Valencia collected bulk dust samples from the Salton Sea playa.
Dayane Duenas Garcia (USC) and Humberto Lugo discussing potential public health impacts of the shrinking Salton Sea.
Platicas at CCV
Orangel Olmedo (CCV) and Shohreh Farzan (USC) at a community health fair to discuss the AIRE study and the community air monitoring network.
Lisa Valencia (USC) and Humberto Lugo (CCV) setting up PM monitors at Westmorland Union School in Imperial Valley.

Study Partners

Comite Cívico del Valle, Inc (CCV)
University of Washington School of Public Health
CA Tracking

Contact Information
Principal Investigators: Shohreh Farzan, PhD,, and Jill Johnston, PhD,
Study Coordinator: Dayane Duenas,
CCV contact: Orangel Olmedo, 

This research project is funded by NIEHS, grant #1R01ES029598-01