270701 Air quality and the Long Beach Cambodian community

Monday, October 29, 2012

Lindsay Gervacio, MPH , Families in Good Health, St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
Gisele Fong, PhD , EndOil/Communities for Clean Ports, Long Beach, CA
Veronica Acosta-Deprez, PhD , Health Science Department, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
James Sadd, PhD , Environmental Sciences, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
Steven P. Wallace, PhD , School of Public Health, University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Dean Toji, PhD , Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Ladine Chan, BA , Families in Good Health, St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
Raymond Chavarria , United Cambodian Community, Long Beach, CA
Maya Hey , Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Lucien John Leyes, RN, BS Candidate , Health Science, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Diane Leyes , Health Science, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Air quality in Long Beach, California, is degraded by pollution from the ports, freight transportation, traffic and refineries. Central Long Beach, where many Cambodians reside, is highly impacted by these air pollution sources. While Long Beach houses the largest Cambodian population in the United States outside of Cambodia, minimal information exists on the health impacts of air pollution on the Cambodian community.

This pilot community-based participatory research project provides context on air quality and the Long Beach Cambodian community utilizing “ground truthing” and focus groups. The project aims are: (1) To identify localized health hazards from outdoor air pollution; (2) To identify sensitive receptors; and (3) To identify community knowledge related to air pollution, health impacts and advocacy strategies.

Residents from the Long Beach Cambodian community are recruited to participate in focus groups that investigate the health impacts of and community knowledge surrounding air pollution. These individuals are also trained in “ground truthing”, where community-driven observations and knowledge of environmental hazards and sensitive receptors are used to verify and correct governmental agency information and develop a more comprehensive understanding of the environmental impacts faced by the community.

Community agencies and residents collaborate with health care researchers at all stages of the project: development, training, data collection and analysis, and dissemination. Community members can utilize emerging findings from this pilot study to develop appropriate advocacy strategies.

(This pilot study is funded by the Assessment of Local Environmental Risk Training to Reduce Health Disparities project at the University of California, Los Angeles.)

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate increased knowledge of community-based participatory research techniques relevant to environmental health. Identify novel approaches like "ground truthing" to implementing community-based participatory research within the Cambodian community.

Keywords: Environmental Health, Asian Americans

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am directly involved as a community partner in the study referenced in this abstract.
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.