“Gulf Coast Health Alliance: Health risks related to the Macondo Spill - Using a CBPR Approach to Developing Tools & Techniques That Communicate Risk and Increase Environmental Health Literacy in Gulf Coast Communities Affected by the DWH Oil Disaster”
The CBPR relationship provided a structure for democratic decision-making and design, culminating in development of a risk message referenced to the project’s findings, and a range of traditional and virtual strategies for disseminating information on risk and outcomes of seafood sampling. Our presentation focuses on how CBPR values, Environmental Justice principles and Environmental Health Literacy concepts guide formulation of a nuanced risk message and creation of dissemination tools to accommodate a wide range of environmental health literacy and learning styles in affected communities. Major emphasis will be placed on a web-based, multi-level tool, and direct-outreach fishermen’s forums deployed throughout the study region.
The CBPR process allowed communities and science teams to become familiar with each other’s agendas and priorities. Balancing urgent need of vulnerable communities for consumption guidelines against the careful nature of scientific processes was crucial. GC-HARMS expanded Citizen Science models beyond data-gathering, including collaborative selection / development of methods and materials for dissemination on-site, and design / maintenance of a web-based portal. Community hub coordinators handle regional messaging and GC-HARMS-affiliated fishermen serve as peer-to-peer project ambassadors, and risk messengers within their networks.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Environmental health sciences
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
List major values and practice principles of CBPR referenced in the presentation. Compare urgent needs and environmental justice issues of affected communities with methods and priorities of science as illustrated in GC-HARMS project. Explain the importance of establishing and maintaining multi-directional channels for communication and dialogue as key elements in CBPR focused community science. Describe Environmental Health Literacy in terms of a linkage across various scientific and communication disciplines, and real community needs.
Keyword(s): Environmental Justice, Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have managed Community Outreach & Dissemination at the grass roots level for the GC-HARMS NIEHS funded U19 Consortium Project since its launch in 2011. I have been responsible for guiding the development and roll-out of a collaborative model of information sharing, and have personally participated in such sharing in numerous sites throughout the tri-state project region (LA, MS, AL)
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.