|CU SRP RTC Co-PI Meredith Golden leads Discussion on Innovative Tools and Technology|
CU SRP RTC Co-PI Meredith Golden served as the facilitator for the session on Tools and Technology: Methods for Raising Environmental Health Literacy (EHL) at the Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) 2014 Annual Meeting: Communication Research in Environmental Health Sciences – Environmental Health Literacy (EHL), September 22-23rd, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The session focused on the full range of tools from printed materials to social media and interactive mapping as well as other innovative research technologies that enhance EHL and assist community science.
The first speaker, Paul English, Environmental Epidemiologist and Science Advisor for the Environmental Health Investigations Branch at the California Department of Health demonstrated how The California Environmental Health Tracking Program uses GIS mapping and statistical modeling of local data to communicate risk to communities. Then, Sara Wylie, assistant professor at Northeastern University’s Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute and co-founder of Public Lab, along with community partner Deborah Thomas jointly discussed using photographic paper to monitor Hydrogen Sulfide exposure from oil and gas extraction, and then mapping their findings so that community members could more easily visualize the extent of potential hazardous health risks. Finally, Alexandra Anderson, Community Outreach & Translation Core Coordinator for Zero Breast Cancer, explained the Photovoice project which provides adolescent girls with a hands on way to understand their environment and identify potential risks impacting their health during puberty.
Over 130 participants representing government, academia, health care providers, non-profit organizations, and community partners actively participated in the meeting.. In addition, several “Watch Parties” joined in remotely and ran concurrent discussion groups.