May 10, 2005

"The State of Our Air and Its Impact on Our Health"

Kathleen M. Mortimer,
Sc.D., M.P.H.

Thomas Dailey, MD

Vandana Bali

Epidemiologist at the School of Public Health,University of California, Berkeley
Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center
Director, Clean Vehicles Program
American Lung Association of California

Hear from a comprehensive panel including an epidemiologist, a pulmonologist and a specialist in clean air policy what we know today about the impacts of air quality on respiratory health, and the air quality monitoring and evaluation conducted by the American Lung Association.

Panelists Biographies

Kathleen M. Mortimer, Sc.D., M.P.H.

             Kathleen Mortimer is an epidemiologist at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, Project Director for FACES, a 5-year study of the health effects of air pollution and other environmental factors on children with asthma.  The study is funded by the California Air Resources Board and is currently in the fifth year of data collection.  It is the first study to examine both the acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) effects of air pollution on asthmatic children.  Dr. Mortimer's other research interests include the effect of air pollution and other prenatal exposures on birth outcomes and asthma.

Dr. Mortimer has a Masters in Public Health from Boston University and has a doctorate in epidemiology and biostatistics from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Thomas Dailey, MD

         Dr. Dailey is the Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center.  He is an elected Fellow in the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP), as well as a member of the American Thoracic Society, the California Thoracic Society, and the Santa Clara Valley Medical Association.  Dr. Dailey serves on the Board of Directors for the American Lung Association of Santa Clara and San Benito Counties, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He also serves as a member of the hearing board of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. San Francisco Magazine named Dr. Dailey as one of its 500 most trusted physicians in the Bay Area, and Bay Area Checkbook listed him twice as the top pulmonologist in the South Bay.

Vandana Bali, MA,

         Vandana Bali is the Director of Clean Vehicles Programs for the American Lung Association of California.  She works closely with local lung association staff throughout the state and directs their efforts to encourage local governments throughout the state to purchase alternative fueled vehicles for their fleet applications when economically feasible.  Bali also directs the activities of the Health Network for Clean Air, a network of more than 25 health organizations working to improve air quality in California.  Most recently, Bali worked with the California Clean Car Coalition and local lung association staff to garner government and physician support to encourage the California Air Resources Board to unanimously adopt the state’s first-ever regulation to control greenhouse gases from vehicles, pursuant to California’s greenhouse gas emissions law of 2002 (AB 1493 Pavley).  Prior to her work at the American Lung Association of California, Bali worked at the Los Angeles based Coalition for Clean Air on clean transportation policy.