Online Program

Integrating C-FERST with EJSCREEN and other EPA tools

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

James Quackenboss, M.S., Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division, US EPA, ORD, National Exposure Research Laboratory, Las Vegas, NV
Sheryl Stohs, Ph.D., Office of Ecosystem Tribal and Public Affairs, Seattle, WA
Anne Neale, PhD, National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Research Triangle Park, NC
Laura Stewart, U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, ORISE Research Program, Seattle, WA
Bruce Mintz, Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Division, US EPA, ORD, National Exposure Research Laboratory, Research Triangle Park, NC
Holly Wilson, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC
Underserved and economically distressed communities may be faced with higher exposures to many environmental stressors. They may want to understand their health risks and how to mitigate or prevent them, but accessing, integrating, and interpreting available data and information is a challenge.  EPA has developed several risk screening and decision support tools, including C-FERST, EJSCREEN and EnviroAtlas. The Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST) is being developed as a community information access and mapping tool to help improve community environmental health assessments and decision making. C-FERST increases the availability and accessibility of information, maps, and location-specific environmental data to help communities gain a better understanding of potential environmental public health issues in their community. C-FERST also provides links to information on how other communities have managed similar issues.  EnviroAtlas is a collection of interactive tools and resources that allows users to explore the many benefits people receive from nature, often referred to as ecosystem services.  Another screening tool, EJSCREEN can effectively be used to identify ”candidate” communities.  C-FERST, along with the EnviroAtlas, can be used to engage overburdened  communities in accessing relevant community-specific information on potential environmental health issues, environmental benefits, and options to reduce exposures and risks.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics
Environmental health sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe what types of information and data are provided in the Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST). Compare objectives, data, and the informaiton provided by EJSCREEN and C-FERST. Explain how C-FERST and EnviroAtlas can be used with or by communities to collect information and map locations of risks and benefits in their environments.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Health, Environmental Justice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the team lead for the development of the Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST); duputy project lead for Community Public Health and Wellbeing in EPA's Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program; on the writing team for EPA's Environmental Justice Roadmap; and an EPA Scientist with more than 20 years of experience in developing and conducting research on environmental health.
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.