At Tracking California, we rely on our partners' guidance and support to make sure our work aligns with the needs and concerns of all Californians. We meet with our multi-stakeholder advisory twice a year in thoughtfully constructed gatherings to discuss current projects and plan future directions. We deeply appreciate the contributions of our advisory group members to inform our programmatic approach and priorities throughout the years. Here we highlight three examples of partnerships: Community Air Monitoring Workshops, the Four Winds Tribal Coalition, and the Sickle Cell community.
Community Air Monitoring Workshops
Our technical assistance for our AB 617 community partners includes Community Air Monitoring Workshops that include tips and tools for forging and sustaining equitable partnerships for successful projects. Key elements of effective and equitable partnerships include:
- Clearly defining roles and responsibilities of each partner
- Ensuring adequate funding and resources for each partner
- Establishing a clear and agreed-upon structure for coordination and communication
- Defining capacity-building and learning objectives for each partner
- Creating a jointly written collaborative agreement among partners
Four Winds Tribal Coalition
Tracking California is partnering with the Four Winds Tribal Coalition to conduct a community health survey and analysis of air pollution sources in the Coachella Valley. Funded by the Desert Healthcare Foundation, the project will gather information on symptoms of asthma and cardiovascular disease among tribal members and other vulnerable populations in the Valley. The project will also analyze available data on air pollution and asthma hospitalizations to inform a policy paper summarizing options for mitigating sources and reducing exposures.
Sickle Cell Disease
Our partnerships with local community organizations and our Sickle Cell Surveillance Advisory Group allow us to make sure our sickle cell data are both meaningful and useful to SCD patients, advocates, and medical practitioners. We share data about communities most impacted by sickle cell disease to help guide their work and drive policy change.
We are working closely with Networking California for Sickle Cell Care (NCSCC), based at the Center for Inherited Blood Disorders in Orange, CA. This collaborative effort is funded by state dollars to improve care and outcomes for those with SCD in the state through expanding access to quality care, workforce development, implementation of community health worker programs, and increased surveillance capacity.
Harmful Algal Bloom Illness Tracking
Tracking's multi-agency illness impact group brings together representatives from CDPH, OEHHA, SWRCB, and CDFW as well as local public health and environmental health offices to gather data on human and animal illnesses that may be associated with exposure to cyanobacteria (freshwater algal blooms) or cyanotoxins. These data are incorporated into the CDC's One Health Harmful Algal Bloom System so that state and federal agencies can better understand the impacts of these environmental hazards.