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Asthma, Clean Air and the Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act: Illinois Virtual Respiratory Education Event
This RHA policy roundtable will focus on opportunities to influence the use of zero-emission/clean air funding, made available under the recent state law, to maximize health benefits and minimize impacts on people living with chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and other lung diseases.

Topics addressed during the roundtable will include the asthma landscape in Illinois and the Chicago region, the impact of air pollution on health outcomes in multiple communities, and how provisions within the Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) provide opportunities to decrease air pollutants in communities with high asthma rates.

Please note: this event will be presented in English and Spanish.

Brian Urbaszewski , Respiratory Health Association
Jose Acosta, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization


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Brian Urbaszewski
Director, Environmental Health Programs @Respiratory Health Association
Brian Urbaszewski promotes clean air in Illinois and metropolitan Chicago through public policy advocacy and public education. He has worked to implement local, state and national air quality policy and legislation covering coal power plant emissions, diesel and gasoline vehicle emission standards, national air quality health standards, and air pollution education and awareness campaigns. Mr. Urbaszewski joined Respiratory Health Association in 1998. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois. He previously worked for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
Jose Acost-Córdova
Environmental Planning and Research Organizer @Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
José Acosta-Córdova is the Environmental Planning and Research Organizer at LVEJO. His roots in Chicago date back to the 1950’s, when his family first arrived in the city from Jalisco, México, and settled in the area just west of the Jane Addams Hull House, in what is now the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He completed his Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy at UIC. He is a first year Ph.D. student in Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and will be studying issues related to transportation and environmental justice. He is also the author of the Latino Neighborhoods Report: Issues and Prospects for Chicago, which he authored during his second year of graduate school while working as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP).