Online Program

USEPA Environmental Justice Research Roadmap

Monday, November 2, 2015

Mary Manibusan, MPH, Office of Research and Development, USEPA, Washington, DC
Ed Washburn, MS, Office of Research and Development, USEPA, Washington, DC
Jim Quackenboss, PhD., ORD, USEPA, Las Vegas, NV
Sally Darney, PhD, ORD, USEPA, Durham, NC
Fred Hauchman, PhD, ORD/Office of Science Policy, Washington, DC
Considerations of how to assess the risk of real world mixtures and to characterize cumulative risks have long been challenges in regulatory toxicology and public health.  The 1994 Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice (EJ) in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations, has helped focus EPA research activities to address disproportionate risks in overburdened communities. These vulnerable communities may experience greater risk due to disparities in exposure at different critical lifestages or from multiple sources.  Factors that may modify health impacts include other nonchemical stressors (e.g., genetic background, other disease states such as diabetes or cardiovascular, and socioeconomic factors).  The EPA’s Office of Research and Development is developing a “roadmap” or strategic plan that provides an integrative framework for EJ research. It is intended to stimulate research activities, both within the Agency and in other sectors, to develop data and tools to address issues specific to EJ.  The critical factors that contribute to environmental health impacts and disparities are identified and discussed.  These include extending cumulative assessment methods, developing innovative decision making tools, and enhancing efforts to foster more meaningful community engagement.  Key EJ research activities in these areas will be illustrated and important data gaps will be highlighted. 

The views expressed in this abstract do not necessarily reflect those of the USEPA.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Explain how the Environmental Justice Research Roadmap is intended to catalyze and integrate transdisciplinary research activities to proactively address environmental justice inequity. Compare the lessons learned from community participatory research in extramural research activities with community engagement activities associated with intramural research efforts. Identify opportunities to build partnerships and collaborations across federal agencies, academic institutions and communities to leverage resources and expertise to address research needs associated with environmental justice issues.

Keyword(s): Climate and Health, Community Health Assessment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Mary Ko Manibusan is currently a Senior Managing Scientist with Exponent, an independent environmental consulting firm. She had previously served as a Senior Science Advisor for the Office of Science, Coordination and Policy and has been with the Agency for 18 years. Prior to her current position, she served as the Chief of the Toxicology and Epidemiology Branch in the Office of Pesticide Programs, focusing on new and emerging technologies.
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.