250895 HEAN: Identification of Air Quality “Hot-Spots” near Schools and Green Spaces in Brownsville, TX

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 1:05 PM

Edgar Gil, MBA , Center for Science and Policy, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Washington, DC
Alix Flores, Marketing Director , Brownsville Community Health Center, Brownsville, TX
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health supported Brownsville Community Health Center to address the need for environmental action through an innovative program called the Health and Environment Action Network (HEAN). HEAN's initiative—a mobile pollution monitoring program—empowers community members to be scientists and advocates. A growing body of evidence shows exposure to pollution and toxins impacts health, and a higher exposure to those environmental risks in Hispanic communities. HEAN's model trains and supports community members, including youth “eco-teams,” to collect air and water measurements, map those exposures using a Google Earth® maps platform, and share findings globally on the web through a site that includes community results on Google Earth® maps, and through community produced videos.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Environmental health sciences
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
To discuss HEAN Pollution-Free School Zone and the Walk to Green Space initiative. To describe Brownsville HEAN Hispanic community-driven environmental/health activities,and its partnership with Brownsville Independent School District (BISC) and BISD’s educational cable access channel - KBSD cable channel 17.

Keywords: Hispanic Youth, Environmental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have 10 years of experience in project management in the community development arena. For the last four years, I have been working with the Alliance, and presently serve as Senior Health Program Manager overseeing Hispanic outreach initiatives on: Cardiovascular Health, Physical Activity, Environmental Health, Arthritis, and Depression.
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.