Maps & Data Displays


California Institute for Rural Studies. (2010). Organizing for Community Health: The Poder Popular Promotores Communitarios de Salud, Strategy 2005-2008. Retrieved from


  • “The current report presents a synthesis of lessons learned from the evaluation [of the Poder Popular Promotores Comunitarios de Salud program], which covered three years of program implementation by 15 grantees in seven sites, encompassing 20 communities. The aim of this focus is to contribute to future program design, implementation and organizational self-assessment.”
  • The report provides a view of community life via evaluation of the work of the promotores. Details the strengths and weaknesses of the program; highlights lack of education in the community and language barriers.


California Institute for Rural Studies. (2002). Pathways to Farmworker Health Care, Case Study No. 1: The East Coachella Valley. Retrieved from


  • Thhis case study focuses on evaluating farmworker living and working conditions and examine the channels and barriers to service delivery that exist within and outside the sub-region.
  • The study provides a detailed description of health conditions in the Eastern Coachella Valley in areas such as general demographics, farmworker housing conditions, channels and barriers to health care,  and community-based intervention options.

Du, B. T. (2007). Immigrants, settlers, and laborers: The socioeconomic transformation of a farming community. New York: LFB Scholarly Pub. LLC.

  • Dr. Du Bry examines economic development in the East Coachella Valley through the family histories of Mexican immigrant farmworker families. His thesis reports findings based on several years of field research in Mecca, California.
  • From his work he makes conclusions about some of the occupations available to the farming community in Coachella.


Health Assessment Resource Center. (2010). Eastern Riverside County Community Health Monitor, 2010. Retrieved from


  • This data-driven report seeks to clearly delineate the true health status, behaviors, and needs of Eastern Riverside County residents with the aim of reducing disparities.
  • The report looks into various health areas in detail, including adult as well as child health, community health concerns, health access, and an economic and environmental profile. The report provides detailed statistics in these areas.
  • Yeung, B. (2011, December 22). Residents of Coachella Valley suffer high rates of sickness. California Watch. Retrieved from


Honoré, M. (2012, March 25). Mecca’s Misery, Chapter 1: Saul Martinez Elementary School. The Desert Sun. Retrieved from

  • Five years after the opening of Saul Martinez in 1998, Western began its operations two miles northwest of the school.
  • In December 2011, strong, foul odors prompted school officials to call the fire department, and evacuate 100 students on December 11th.
  • On December 15th, several students and faculty members became sick from the odor. Shortly after noon the school went on lockdown; fire crews speculated the odor was coming from the Western facility.


Honoré, M. (2012, March 25). Mecca’s Misery, Chapter 6: Smell returns after winter break. The Desert Sun. Retrieved from

  • AQMD asked teachers and school faculty at Saul Martinez to take smell samples; the school principal was advised to buy a weather kit to record temperature, wind, barometric pressure and other conditions.
  • Some teachers have left Saul Martinez due to the odor conditions.


Kelly, D.  (2008, April 28). “'The poorest of the poor'; The Purepechas, Indians from Mexico, have made an Inland Empire trailer park a cultural outpost. But that could end soon.” Los Angeles Times.,


  • Introductory article--explains conditions the Purepecha live in, as well as background on how many Purepecha people reside in the ECV.


Mines, R., S. Nichols, and D. Runsten. 2010. “Final Report of the Indigenous Farmworker Study (IFS).” Retrieved from


  • The study found that indigenous peoples of Mexico are younger, poorer as opposed to mestizos Mexicans. Provides various reasons as to why this is the case, including that indigenous people are the most recent group of Mexicans to migrate to California.
  • Intends to provide guidance for policy and program design related to the indigenous community.
  • Study is divided into eight different sections, including working conditions, housing, and health concerns. Statistics and various charts give a detailed view of areas of concern.
  • The data collected can also be found on the Indigenous Mexicans in California Agriculture website, which give an interactive map of Mexico’s indigenous population, and the California regions they frequently migrate to.


Quintana Leader, C. (Director and Producer). (2000). Poorest of the Poor. [Motion Picture]. (Available from


Sandoval, E. (2010, December 15). Strange Smell Sends Two Elementary School Staff Members to Hospital. Retrieved from


  • News report from the day of the incident.
  • Two adults went to the hospital with respiratory problems. Ten other adults and children reported having breathing problems. School was in session the following day.


Social Compact. (2010). Coachella: Grocery Gap. Retrieved from

  • Describes the food availability for Coachella residents in terms of distance to grocery stores and stores’ capacity. The study concludes that 28% of the population in Coachella is considered underserved.


Yeung, B. (2012, April 6). Neglect, health concerns envelope poor county areas in California. California Watch. Retrieved

  • Many unincorporated communities began springing-up between the 1940’s and 1950’s, bringing together migrants from the Deep South, the Dust Bowl, Mexico, and Central America.
  • “Money and jurisdiction often stand in the way of progress.” Local cities often find themselves financially responsible for improving conditions in nearby unincorporated communities. In cases of septic tank management, homeowners are responsible for the costs which can prove to be a major cost for families whose median income falls extremely short of the state median.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau has incomplete, limited data on unincorporated communities, which often don’t provide a complete portrayal of living conditions.
  • Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation which requires government officials to consider neighboring low-income unincorporated areas in general city planning; legislation also gives these areas the legal name of “disadvantaged unincorporated communities.”

 Yeung, B. (2011, December 22). Residents of Coachella Valley suffer high rates of sickness. California Watch. Retrieved from

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