By Josh Zipperman

The Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) in partnership with the Riverside County Department of Public Health are conducting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of the CV Link project and will host two public forums on Thursday, March 19, 2015 to discuss how the CV Link design, construction, and operation can be improved based on research findings. Results from the fall 2014 HIA community workshops guided the topics analyzed, which include: equity, air quality, physical activity, safety on path, access to transportation and resources, and economic development. You can download the workshop summary by visiting the CV Link website

On Thursday, March 19th there will be an afternoon forum from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 73-750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert, CA 92260 and an evening forum from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Valle del Sol Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room, 51433 Education Way, Coachella, CA 92236. All Coachella Valley residents, employees, businesses, government officials, institutions, and advocates are encouraged to attend and share their ideas. No prior knowledge of CV Link or community health is necessary. The forums will be free, bilingual in English and Spanish, and have light refreshments.

The CV Link is a proposed project that will connect the Coachella Valley with a continuous transportation corridor along or near the Whitewater River for pedestrians, bicyclists and low-speed electric vehicles. For information about CV Link, please visit and find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter with the handle @CV_Link and hashtag #CVLink.