4107.0 If I can't see it, will it hurt? Community perception of environmental hazards

Tuesday, October 30, 2012: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
The perception of individual and community risk from environmental and other public health hazards is a complex issue and one that impacts a wide range of issues including individual and community behavior and planning, community resilience, attitudes towards science and science funding (both research and educational), formulation of public policies, and health equity. This session investigates these issues through exploration of four specific public and environmental health issues that have broad implications for communities across the United States. Presentations will provide insight into current methodologies for assessing and interpreting sociobehavioral attitudes towards these issues and the perceived risks associated with them that can be extrapolated to other public health scenarios.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe factors that affect individual and community perception of risk from public health problems or scenarios. 2. Identify current perceptions of health impacts from high profile issues including transportation-related pollution, red tides, and hydrofracking. 3. Demonstrate methodologies for assessing attitudes and perceptions of public health risks, particularly disparate impacts.

Exposure to transportation-related pollution: Who lives near America's freight gateways?
Natalie Sampson, MPH, Larissa Larsen, PhD, Edith A. Parker, DrPH, Barbara A. Israel, DrPH and Amy J. Schulz, PhD
What factors affect individuals' decisions during a Florida red tide?
Kate Kohler, MS, Margaret Byrne, PhD, Jamie Studts, PhD, Colleen Bauza, University of Miami and Barbara Kirkpatrick, EdD, RRT
Community members' perceived health impacts associated with Marcellus Shale drilling and production
Kyle John Ferrar, MPH, Lynne Pavlic Marshall, Jill Kriesky, PhD, Samantha Malone, MPH, CPH, Charles Christen, DrPH, MEd and Ravi K. Sharma, PhD
A cumulative impact screening method for assessing environmental justice
Laura August, MPH, Lara Cushing, MA, MPH, John Faust, PhD, George Alexeeff, PhD, Lauren Zeise, PhD, Walker Wieland, Rose Cendak, MS, Tamara Kadir, MS, Carmen Milanes, MPH and Karen Randles, MPH

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Organized by: Environment
Endorsed by: Trade and Health Forum

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

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