Real and Perceived Environmental Health Risks in Southeast Louisiana: Air/Seafood Quality and the CBPR Research Behind It
Preliminary results indicate that levels of the selected volatile organic compounds are generally higher in indoor air samples when compared to paired-outdoor air samples. Seafood and fish analyses do not support the presence of PAHs at any levels that would represent a consumption health risk.
However, the scientific results of these samples compared to participant’s perceptions about their exposures are often incongruent. As our follow-up survey data collection progresses we are finding that involving individuals in the risk analysis/assessment process alters these perceptions, aids in informed decision-making, and ultimately modifies behaviors.
Additionally, we are engaged in a developing dialogue with other institutions and community partners in an effort to improve CBPR methodology in high-risk, vulnerable subpopulations based on our practical field research experience. We will discuss strategies for communication that improve recruitment, quality of data collection, and retention through the CPBR process and ultimately benefit the health of the public
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Environmental health sciences
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health biology
Discuss VOC results from air samples and PAH results from seafood samples taken in SE Louisiana over the last 3 years Compare real scientific health risk data with perceived health risk exposure Evaluate the impact of being involved in the risk assessment/analysis process on participants' perceptions and behaviors Discuss practices of disseminating health info to the public in a meaningful way Discuss methods to improve CBPR research in the future based on real field experience; obstacles and lessons learned
Keyword(s): Community-Based Research (CBPR), Air Pollution & Respiratory Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the primary researcher on this federally funded research project for three years focusing air quality, seafood safety, and CBPR study design. My dissertation, to be completed within the next two years will focus on these topics, specializing in the vulnerable sub-populations of Southeast Louisiana.
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.