231651 Alton Park/Piney Woods Neighborhood Environmental College: A project to address environmental justice and health disparities in two underserved minority neighborhoods in Chattanooga, TN

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Falice Haire, Community Liaison , Alton Park Development Corporation, Chattanooga, TN
G. Spring , Alton Park Development Corporation, Chattanooga, TN
This presentation will track how informal popular education and arts learning methods have guided an been integrated into the Alton Park/Piney Woods Neighborhood Environmental College curriculum in order to share, exchange and enhance knowledge among residents and neighborhood partners about the interrelationship of environmental and social determinates and health disparities and how these relationships shape access to healthy foods, physical activity, and safe neighborhoods. We will describe the popular education and arts goals, approaches, data, evaluation, and documentation methods we have used. We will demonstrate how the use of popular education and arts methods such as Theatre of the Oppressed, community history time-lines, oral history narratives, music and dance, visual art, film, and GIS mapping have developed cultural competency, sensitivity, and fluency in outreach and education. We will reflect on the contributions of these efforts to community building, forging partnerships, influencing policy and promoting trust among stakeholders.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Environmental health sciences
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1.Describe the formation of a community-based participatory environmental and community leadership project to examine environmental justice issues and health disparities. 2. Identify action planning tools and activities to promote individual health choice and institutional policy that will positively impact the health of residents and the sustainability of the community.

Keywords: Environmental Justice, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I coordinate curriculum for the Neighborhood Environmental College and I am responsible for the management of community involvement and outreach activities.
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.