"Circled by three freeways, scattered with industrial factories and a stone’s throw from one of the largest ports in the United States, West Oakland has a high pollution rate. According to a report released in 2009 by the Alameda County Public Health Department, because of their proximity to diesel emissions, the cancer risk rate for West Oakland residents is twice as high as for other people in the Bay Area, and the area has one of the highest rates of asthma hospitalization in the county.
That’s why this neighborhood has become the centerpiece of a new partnership between a local environmental justice group, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (EIP), and a high-tech research company based in Berkeley, Intel Labs, that works on technology and software systems with a focus on user experiences. The group’s goal is to collect data on the kinds and quantities of air pollutants in West Oakland and use that information to get diesel emissions reduced. Ultimately, they want to capture this data by using cell phones. "
There is another project taking a look specifically at asthma in a county called Fresno in California-reported to have very high asthma rate. It seems physicians at Stanford have given communty health workers a tablet PC for patient case management. These data will be paired with air quality data. The information may be useful in cnanging growth plans/practices and encourage others to replicate what is being done in Fresno.