UCLA researcher Paul Ong awarded $350,000 from California Air Resources Board to research access to clean transportation in disadvantaged communities

October 25, 2018

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) awarded Paul Ong, professor emeritus of urban planning, social welfare and Asian American studies and director of the Center for Neighborhood Knowledge at UCLA, $350,000. The grant funding will support the development of a statewide database to identify and characterize transportation access and disparities. Access to clean transportation can improve human health by facilitating access to better jobs, healthcare, and healthy food – otherwise known as “social determinants of health.” Information from the database will aid in creating a screening method, a web-based information portal, and a visualization tool to evaluate transportation access inequalities and other related social determinants of health.

The project aligns with CARB’s investment in reducing barriers to access to clean transportation in disadvantaged communities.

Read more about Professor Ong’s research proposal titled Screening Method and Map for Evaluating Transportation Access Disparities and other Built Environment-related Social Determinants of Health.