Journal of Environmental Health 2014 Abstracts - page 50

September 2014
Abstracts (77.2)
Copyright 2014, National Environmental Health Association
Experiences of a Rail Yard Community: Life Is Hard
Rhonda Spencer-Hwang, MPH, DrPH,
School of Public Health
,
Loma Linda University
Susanne Montgomery, PhD,
School of Behavioral Health
,
Loma Linda University
Molly Dougherty,
School of Public Health
,
Loma Linda University
Johanny Valladares, MBA,
School of Public Health
,
Loma Linda University
Sany Rangel, MA,
School of Public Health
,
Loma Linda University
Peter Gleason, PhD,
School of Public Health
,
Loma Linda University
Sam Soret, MPH, PhD,
School of Public Health
,
Loma Linda University
Abstract
Community groups and local air pollution control agencies have identified the
San Bernardino Railyard (SBR) as a significant public health and environmental justice
issue. In response, the authors conducted a comprehensive study with community
members living in close proximity to the rail yard. The purpose of this article is to share
the community’s perceptions about the rail yard and ideas on sustainable change. A
qualitative study using key informant interviews and focus group discussions was
conducted and resulted in four emerging themes. Themes emerged as follows: “health as
an unattainable value,” “air quality challenges,” “rail yard pros and cons,” and “violence
and unemployment ripple effect.” Community participants expressed concern for poor air
quality, but other challenges took priority. The authors’ findings suggest that future
mitigation work to reduce air pollution exposure should not only focus on reducing risk
from air pollution but address significant co-occurring community challenges. A “Health
in All Policies” approach is warranted in addressing impacted communities in close
proximity to the goods movement industry.
A Community Outbreak of
Salmonella enterica
Serotype Typhimurium Associated
With an Asymptomatic Food Handler in Two Local Restaurants
Emily J. Holman, MSc,
City of Long Beach, Department of Health and Human Services
Keith S. Allen, MPA, REHS/RS,
City of Long Beach, Department of Health and Human
Services
John R. Holguin, MPH,
City of Long Beach, Department of Health and Human Services
Mauro Torno, MD,
City of Long Beach, Department of Health and Human Services
Miriam Lachica, MA,
City of Long Beach, Department of Health and Human Services
Abstract
Between January and April 2012, the city of Long Beach Department of Health
and Human Services investigated an outbreak involving 19 case patients who had tested
positive for
Salmonella enterica
serotype Typhimurium with indistinguishable pulsed-
field gel electrophoresis patterns. All cases were residents of or traveled to the city of
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