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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
3359.0: Monday, December 12, 2005 - 4:45 PM

Abstract #108895

Translating Research Findings on Environmental Triggers for Asthma Into Change Strategies at the Community and Policy Level: The CONEH project

Edith A. Parker, DrPH1, Angie Reyes, MPH2, Barbara A. Israel, DrPh3, Thomas G. Robins, MD, MPH4, J. Timothy Dvonch, PhD5, Katherine K. Edgren, MSW6, Maria A. Salinas, AS1, Donele J. Wilkins, AS7, and Wilma Brakefield-Caldwell8. (1) School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 1420 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029, 734-763-0087, edithp@umich.edu, (2) Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, 1211 Trumbull, Detroit, MI 48216, (3) Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, 1420 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2009, (4) Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 1420 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, (5) Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan, 109 Observatory St., 1608A SPH I, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029, (6) Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 1420 Washington Heights, M5146, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029, (7) Detroiters Working for Enviornmental Justice (DWEJ), PO Box 14944, Detroit, MI 48214, (8) Detroit Community-Academic Research Center, 1420 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The Community Organizing Network for Environmental Health (CONEH), funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences [R01-ES10688], is the community organizing component of Community Action Against Asthma (CAAA), a project affiliated with the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center. CONEH and CAAA employ a community-based participatory partnership research approach in which community members and academic researchers have equal influence on the design, implementation and evaluation of the research and intervention activities. CONEH uses CAAA data (e.g., caregiver surveys, air quality monitoring, lung function data, household assessments collected to explore the combined effects of indoor and outdoor air pollution on childhood asthma), and community key informant interviews to prioritize areas upon which to focus. Specifically, the CONEH Steering Committee decided to focus on 3 main areas: 1) further development of an interorganizational network to ensure collaboration and communication among groups working on environmental justice issues; 2) air quality issues, particularly public awareness and public participation in decisions affecting air quality; and 3) housing issues related to asthma. The CONEH project has used an innovative community-based approach to disseminate and translate research findings through activities focused on education, awareness, community mobilization and community and state level policy change around these identified issues. In this presentation, we will discuss and analyze the translation and policy advocacy activities and accomplishments of the CONEH project as well as the barriers to implementing these activities. In addition, challenges to evaluating programs seeking to effect policy for improved health outcomes will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • By the end of this session, participants will be able to

    Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Environmental Justice

    Presenting author's disclosure statement:

    I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.

    The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center: The Use of Innovative Partnership Approaches to Reduce Health Disparities

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