211369 Building Capacity to Strengthen Partnerships and to Advance Environmental Public Health

Monday, November 9, 2009: 5:10 PM

Diane Takvorian , Environmental Health Coalition, National City, CA
The use of community participatory research approaches to address environmental health concerns has been gaining momentum for the past ten years. However, it is recognized that for this approach to be truly effective all partners require the necessary skills to work in a collaborative manner. In this presentation, the speaker will discuss the importance of building capacity of all partners to be effective in addressing environmental public health challenges facing communities. She will highlight myriad approaches to build capacity for community residents and leaders and emphasize the role that researchers and health care professionals can play in these approaches. The presenter will emphasize the need for continued work in this area including health literacy and science literacy for community residents and cultural competencies for researchers. The presenter will provide concrete examples of community resident accomplishments resulting from effective capacity building.

Learning Objectives:
1. Attendees will be able to identify and assess popular education programs for community residents in leadership development and empowerment that advance environmental health knowledge. 2. Attendees will be able to describe the need for building skills for all partners.

Keywords: Community Capacity, Environmental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: MSW; Executive Director, Enviromental Health Coalition, an environmental justice organization working to improve public health and the environment; co-principal investigator for 2 NIEHS EJ research and community outreach grants.
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.