Sending Office: Honorable Nanette Diaz Barragan
Sent By:


Health Impacts of Poor Air Quality on Low-Income and Minority Communities

***Members are encouraged to attend***

WHAT: Roundtable Discussion: “Addressing the Health Impacts of Poor Air Quality on Low-Income and Minority Communities”

WHEN: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm

WHERE: H-144, the Capitol


  • Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (Chair, Congressional Progressive Caucus Energy and Environment Task Force)
  • Rep. Keith Ellison (Vice Chair, Congressional Progressive Caucus)  


  • Ms. Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, Professor and Endowed Chair, Georgetown University
  • Mr. Paul Billings, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, American Lung Association
  • Mr. Marcus Franklin, Environmental and Climate Justice Program Specialist, NAACP (invited)
  • TBD, National Association of County and City Health Officials (invited)
  • Dr. Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association

Communities of color have long endured profound environmental injustice. These communities, along with low-income and rural communities, consistently must face poorer air quality, and resultant harms to public health, than wealthier communities. Due to limited
resources and lack of political power, these communities are often disproportionately targeted for placement of pollution-producing or potentially toxic facilities. Furthermore, inadequate investment in public infrastructure and services exacerbates the poor
conditions these communities are forced to endure.

In an effort to amend these environmental injustices, Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán and Congressman Keith Ellison are pleased to host an hour-long roundtable discussion entitled, “Addressing the Health Impacts of Poor
Air Quality on Low-Income and Minority Communities
.” The goal of this event is to raise awareness around this vital environmental justice issue and highlight the role that Members of Congress can play in working to ensure cleaner air for communities
of color and low-income and rural communities across the country. 

Members are encouraged to attend and share their perspectives on this issue as well as to highlight any work being done in their districts to ameliorate this environmental injustice. More broadly, the panelists will discuss various drivers of air pollution
and their attendant public health impacts on communities of color and low-income and rural communities; what tools are available at the federal level to help address the prevalence of poor air quality in these communities; and how best the federal government
can work with community nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations to achieve equitable air quality and environmental justice.

To RSVP, please contact Mike Stoever at or at x58220. Staff and interns are welcome!

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Energy, Immigration, Natural Resources

icon eDC logo e-Dear Colleague version 2.0