190007 Fetal and infant mortality related to distance from NPL sites in the state of Florida: Distance and carcinogenicity as proxy for exposure

Monday, October 27, 2008

Adriana Schalkwijk Ribeiro, MPH, MD , Institute of Public Health, Florida A & M University, Grand Rapids, MI
Cynthia M. Harris, PhD, DABT , Institute of Public Health, Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, FL
Greg Kearney, MPH, DrPH , Division of Environmental Health, Florida Dept. of Health, Tallahassee, FL
Jason VanHorn, PhD , GEO Dept - (Geology, Geography, & Env. Studies), Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
Fei Tan, PhD , Institute of Public Health, Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, FL
Previous studies have attempted to address the public's concern about the correlation of fetal and infant deaths with the proximity of hazardous waste sites, especially concerning the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's National Priority List (NPL) or Superfund sites. The purpose of this study is to attempt to establish its strength for the Florida population living in close proximity to these sites by searching for absolute attributable risk by distance from these sites. This will be achieved by comparing the data from the Florida Charts Fetal and Infant Death Indicators by the Census Tracts located at specific distances to the individual Florida NPL sites. The waste sites will be classified according to the carcinogenicity of toxicants present at the site and the sites will be addressed according to their known contaminated media and construction phases. The distances will be further qualitatively analyzed by GIS mapping of these specific tracts. In search for absolute Attributable Risk: An Ecological hypothesis generating study for which the units of analysis are fetal and infant population.

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize and discuss the problems in assessing the effects of multiple toxic substances present in different media (air, water, soil) on a population 2. Identify and classify toxic substances by their effects on the population addressing the environmental interactions 3. Create an algorithm that describes and evaluates the impact of these substances on the surrounding population 4. Analyze and compare the effects of distance from sites using a toxicity algorithm and geospatial analysis

Keywords: Environmental Health Hazards, Infant Mortality

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author on the content I am responsible for because I performed the research for my MPH at Florida A & M 2006-2008
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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