History of the Diesel Health Project

The Diesel Health Project was formed in 2013 by Richard Mabion, long-time Kansas City Kansas resident and community activist, and Eric Kirkendall of Lawrence, Kansas.  We asked Global Community Monitor for technical support, and they agreed to provide training,  monitors, monitoring management, and lab support, funded by the Kresge Foundation.

Soon after, Leticia DeCaigny, lifelong Argentine resident and community organizer, joined forces with us, worked with her community to form the Argentine/Turner Good Neighbor Committee, and led the monitoring.

In 2014, we became the regional member to the national Moving Forward Network, allowing us to leverage the technical and other resources available through the network and our fellow members.

We work collaboratively with a number of other local, regional, and national organizations, including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, the Argentine/Turner Good Neighbor Committee, Global Community Monitor, the Children’s Mercy Hospital Environmental Health Center, the University of Kansas Environmental Studies Program, and the Kansas Sierra Club.

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