210975 Partnering with tribal governments: Communicating seafood and drinking water health risks, beach quality forecasting, and harmful algal bloom research in the Great Lakes

Monday, November 9, 2009: 2:30 PM

Sonia Joseph, MS , Center for Excellence for Great Lakes and Human Health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Ann Arbor, MI
Water quality and human health monitoring varies within county and state governments in the Great Lakes. In addition, management strategies and regulatory differ between non-tribal and tribal governments. Identifying and understanding managers' needs requires two way communication and partnerships. This talk outlines case studies of developing partnerships with tribal governments in the Great Lakes Basin by using a tribal representative to help "open the door" to meeting and developing research tools and provide user friendly information that will ultimately benefit environmental health and public health decision-makers and managers.

Learning Objectives:
Identify public health needs in tribal communities to develop research tools that will reduce water quality related human health threats in the Great Lakes.

Keywords: Environmental Health, Outreach Programs

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have developed working relationships with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians as well as other tribal governments in the Great Lakes Basin.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.