November 1, 2018
By Catalina Garzón-Galviz
A recently published textbook on Environmental Health Literacy (EHL) features a chapter on community-engaged research and popular education co-authored by Tracking California staff and community partners from the CHAMACOS Youth Community Council, Comité Cívico del Valle, and the Ditching Dirty Diesel Collaborative. The textbook, edited by Symma Finn and Liam O'Fallon at the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, explores a diversity of approaches used to increase understanding and ability to act on the connection between health and environmental conditions. Tracking California's contribution to this textbook discusses community-engaged research and popular education as two promising approaches that can be used to integrate the lived experiences of community members with environmental pollution and associated health conditions into health education and research. The chapter contains three case studies illustrating how these approaches can be leveraged in a variety of contexts ranging from researcher-initiated academic studies to community-initiated trainings and co-initiated research projects with community-based organizations.
For more information, please contact Catalina Garzón-Galvis, Senior Health Educator.