261888 Toxic Tour-addressing health inequities related to environmental justice: A partnership between the Bayview Hunters Point community, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and the University of California San Francisco

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 4:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Buffy Bunting, MPH, CHES , Community Health Promotion & Prevention, San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA
Karen Pierce, JD , Health Equity Projects, San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA
Maya Yoshida-Cervantes, BS Community Health Education , HIV Epidemiology and Statistics, San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA
This session will discuss the history of a community-driven Popular Education project that has become a staple in health education for the community and public health workers, and how it can be readily adapted for other localities. Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP), a San Francisco neighborhood, is home to 35,000 residents. Over half the land is zoned for industrial use, including; a federal Superfund site, a sewage treatment plant that handles 80% of San Francisco's waste water; 100 Brownfield sites , and over 100 contaminated industrial sites. The health of residents is greatly affected by cumulative daily exposure to these toxic materials. BVHP residents are hospitalized at higher rates than other city residents for diseases and conditions related to their environment and exceed the statewide averages for many chronic diseases and abnormalities including asthma, cancer, congestive heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, emphysema, and birth defects. In 2002, the Bayview Hunters Point Health and Environmental Assessment Task Force partnered with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the University of California at San Francisco to develop “Toxic Tour,” an innovative and interactive three hour mobile workshop to educate medical healthcare providers, local community members, and public health activists. The tour takes participants through the three square-mile neighborhood, providing an opportunity for participants to witness and through in-depth commentary, gain a comprehensive understanding of the environmental and health inequities that residents are exposed to daily by living in proximity to toxic industries. The tour includes recommendations for clinicians to use when working with residents and techniques to develop partnerships and methodologies to organize and advocate for eliminating health inequities.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Environmental health sciences
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
How to establish and maintain partnerships among city government, the community, and academia to address health inequities related to environmental justice. How to identify health inequities related to exposure to environmental pollutants in the community. How to describe the potential health consequences of environmental issues affecting the health of the patients and the community. How to identify and discuss techniques and strategies for advocating for environmental justice in communities.

Keywords: Environmental Justice, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 30 plus years of professional experience in public health education; including program development, implementation, coordination, training, social marketing and policy analysis, cultural competency, race and racism, curriculum development; HIV/STD education and evaluation; teaching and field mentoring BA and MPH level students.
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.