4027.0 Health disparities in communities: Science to support environmental justice communities

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 8:30 AM
This session about Health Disparities in Communities: Science to Support Environmental Justice Communities provides examples on various and novel research methodologies to assess and address environmental risks for and by disadvantaged population groups. These research strategies adhere to and support the environmental justice principles. On one hand, we will hear about prominent scientific methods to assess the risks of air pollution. The results enhance our understanding about the effects of diesel particles on the respiratory health of pedestrians who frequently cross the U.S.-México border. Similarly, another research project in Ecuador presents the effects of indirect exposure to pesticides on children’s cognitive functions. Researchers found an association between certain children’s neurobehavioral deficits and the cohabitation with family members working in flower fields with heavy pesticide exposure. On the other hand, a team of researchers and residents implemented a participatory research strategy to assess risks and define actions. The program empowered disadvantaged communities to be environmental health scientists, educators, and advocates and conduct changes to protect their health. Finally, a team of researchers presents a novel geo-demographic methodology to identify the social factors, areas, and residents with increased risks of breast cancer as well as protective factors.
Session Objectives: 1)Describe methods to assess exposures and factors that augment the risks of adverse health outcomes of disadvantaged communities. 2)Discuss the strategies of a highly participatory program that supports disadvantaged communities in the identification of environmental risks and in the implementation of environmental protection and advocacy actions.

8:30 AM
8:50 AM
Secondary pesticide exposure from the fresh-cut flower industry and neurobehavioral development in children
Jose R. Suarez, MPH, MD, John Himes, PhD, David Jacobs, BS, PhD, Megan Gunnar, PhD, Bruce H. Alexander, PhD and DeAnn Lazovich, PhD
9:10 AM
HEAN Study: Identification of air quality “Hot-Spots” near schools and green spaces within four Hispanic communities
Edgar Gil, MBA, Adolph Falcon, MPP, Hector A. Olvera, PhD, PE and Rebecca Knowlton Jackson
9:30 AM
Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative: Small area demography, neighborhoods, length of residence on Staten Island, puberty, occupation, parity, socioeconomic factors and mortality risk with respect to environmental justice
Donna Gerstle, MA, MS, JD, Kristen White, MPH, Alfred Levine, PhD, Jimmie Fata, PhD, Robert Silich, MD, FACS, Michael Kress, PhD, Alan Benimoff, PhD, Ann Teresa Lubrano, PhD, Michelle Dresser, MPH, Elena McCoy, PhD, Karen Schwartz, MD, Meagan Devereaux, MS, Danielle Dimitrov, MA, JD, Regina Pepe-Martorana, JD, Erika Hellstrom, MBA, Lisa Holland, MLS MA, Caitlyn Nichols, MS, Jose Colon, BS, Mary Segarra, BS, Robin Johnson, BS, Sarah Clark, BS and Ann Torino

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Organized by: Environment
Endorsed by: Ethics SPIG, Socialist Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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