Informed people build healthy communities

Through partnerships improve access to health services, research, community service programs, and environmental justice to disadvantaged communities by way of education, capacity building, and civic participation.

What do we do?

Comite Civico del Valle, Inc.

Comite Civico del Valle (CCV) was founded on the principle that “Informed People Build Healthy Communities” and continues to incorporate this in all partnerships, research, and civic engagement taken by our organization.

Comite Civico del Valle is a 501 (c)(3) organization with an extensive background and accomplishments that date back to our grassroots origins in 1987. Our organization was founded in Imperial County, California with the endeavor of improving the lives of disadvantaged communities; informing, educating, and engaging the community´s civic participation.

Comite Civico has grown to serve children, students, community residents, and professionals in California through a variety of programs: Promotoras, Community Outreach Events, Educator Training, Health Education, Environmental Health Research, and our Annual Environmental Health Leadership Summit. With over three decades of serving the communities of Imperial Valley, Comite Civico now serves various California communities through collaborative efforts with other established Environmental Justice organizations and in partnership with researchers, academia, and government agencies.

Research Studies

Developing a positive change

Salton Sea AIRE Study

The AIRE study aims to assess the impacts of chronic exposure of particulate matter on longitudinal respiratory health and atopic conditions in elementary school-aged children, build an evidence base to inform the participation of families in decision-making processes on the Salton Sea and expand the capacity of local institutions and residents to meaningfully address environmental health disparities.

Lateral Canal Water Study

The Canal Water Study goal is to conduct a community-engaged study in which there can be identification and quantification of contaminants in the canal water at connections to Imperial County households, as well as work alongside the community during planning, sampling, and results dissemination, and conduct an educational campaign tailored to community needs.

Our team

Meet our expert team

Board Members

Jose Luis Velez


Maria Lizaola

Oscar Suarez

Alfonso Ruiz

Jose A. Chavez

Luis Olmedo

Executive Director

Gustavo Morales


Esther Bejarano

Programs Manager

Valerie López

Community Health Worker

Carolina García

Community Health Workerr

Maximiliano Ochoa

Policy Advocate

Miguel Hernandez

Communications Coordinator

Martha E. Ponce

Community Health Worker

Christian A. Torres

Special Projects Manager

Sergio Valenzuela

Air Monitoring Technician

Brittany Nicole Blanco

Outreach Specialist

Isamay J. Sandoval

Outreach Specialist