Journal of Environmental Health 2014 Abstracts - page 45

not statistically significant with this limited dataset. Mapping occupational and
physiological risk factors with HRI rates may be useful for environmental and
occupational health professionals to identify “hotspots” that may require special
Environmental Health Literacy in Support of Social Action: An Environmental
Justice Perspective
Brandi M. White, MPH,
Medical University of South Carolina
Eric S. Hall, MA, MCE,
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Cheryl Johnson,
People for Community Recovery
Different demographic groups in the U.S. experience unequal exposures to
environmental hazards, i.e., 56% of the population in neighborhoods containing
commercial waste facilities are people of color, with the associated poverty rates in those
communities being 50% higher than in neighborhoods without commercial waste
facilities. Developing programs to educate communities about environmental hazards
affecting their health and quality of life is an essential component for a community to
understand their true risk. The study described in this article examined the risk of
environmental hazards as perceived by public housing residents and assessed the
residents’ preference for educational programs on environmental hazards. Residents
perceived their risk factors in a broad context and they included environmental health
risks caused by pollutants along with physical safety concerns from crime and law
enforcement interactions. The most trusted sources of information on environmental
health include community organizations, trusted individuals in the community, and
television programs. Recommendations for developing community-specific
environmental health education programs include using sources of environmental health
information that community members trust.
Direct From CDC/EHSB: Contributions to Enhancing the Public Health
Perspective on Onsite Wastewater Management
Max A. Zarate-Bermudez, MSc, MPH, PhD
This month’s column explores the current status of onsite wastewater systems in
the U.S. It discusses recent performance monitoring research and how that research can
lead to an enhanced public health perspective and future for onsite wastewater systems.
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