220142 Community-academic collaboration to reduce the health impacts of international trade

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Andrea Hricko, MPH , Community Outreach and Education Program, Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Carla Truax , Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Scientific research is critical to understanding the burden of disease from international trade and its impacts on public health. Scientists at the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center, an NIEHS Center based at USC, have published research findings about air pollution measurements in close proximity to freeway traffic, and the health impacts of living near a busy road or freeway. The Center's outreach program translates these research findings in ways that community-based organizations can use them to improve public health. It also gathers local knowledge from residents and uses the information in developing the Center's scientific research agenda. Center scientists are now studying rail yard emissions, an effort generated by community concerns. The Center's outreach program uses research findings on air pollution's health effects to educate the public and inform public policy. This presentation will describe a community-academic collaborative we have formed focused on using science and community action to reduce public health impacts of international trade, with two universities and four community-based/EJ groups, called the Trade Health and Environment Impact Project. We will describe THE Impact Project's community mapping website with information on ports and rail facilities in the U.S. and a national conference on ports and goods movement that the USC Center and THE Impact Project sponsored in Fall 2010. In addition, the author participated in developing the first U.S. EPA report on goods movement for the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, and both public health and policy recommendations from that report will be discussed.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe how the community-academic collaborative The Impact Project uses science and community information to inform transportation policy. Describe the recommendations in a new U.S. EPA environmental justice report on goods movement, as they relate to public health and policy change.

Keywords: Environmental Health, Community-Based Partnership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I coordinate THE ImpactProject and other efforts at USC on global trade and its impact on the local enviroment.
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.