2011 Progress Report: Community Outreach and Translation CoreEPA Grant Number: R834513C004
Subproject: this is subproject number 004 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R834513
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
Center: Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas - UC Berkeley School of Public Health: CHAMACOS Office, Berkeley, CA
Center Director: Eskenazi, Brenda
Title: Community Outreach and Translation Core
Investigators: Eskenazi, Brenda , Barlow, Janice , Bradman, Asa , Minkler, Meredith , Rosas, Lisa Goldman , Salvatore, Alicia L. , Wallerstein, Nina
Current Investigators: Eskenazi, Brenda , Barlow, Janice , Bradman, Asa , Minkler, Meredith , Rosas, Lisa Goldman , Salvatore, Alicia L.
Institution: University of California - Berkeley
Current Institution: University of California - Berkeley , Stanford University , University of Oklahoma , ZERO Breast Cancer
EPA Project Officer: Louie, Nica
Project Period: August 1, 2009 through July 31, 2014 (Extended to July 31, 2016)
Project Period Covered by this Report: August 1, 2010 through May 31,2011
RFA: Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers (with NIEHS) (2009) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Children's Health , Health
- Community forum: Our annual community forum to disseminate new research findings to study participants was held on December 4, 2010. As part of the third Center grant, we now are including the participating children, as well as their parents, in our forum to return study results. The theme of this year’s forum was puberty, reflecting our current study activities and the age of our participants. Presentations for the CHAMACOS child participants included an age-appropriate discussion of puberty presented by health educators from Planned Parenthood.
- Newsletter: In addition to presenting results at the community forum, we also developed and disseminated our annual Center newsletter to participants, community partners, and other stakeholders in the community focusing on study results from the last year. The newsletter also included educational information on puberty, dental health, methyl iodide exposure, manganese exposure, and upcoming COTC activities for children participating in the study.
- Electronic newsletter: We recently have initiated an electronic newsletter for researchers and community members to keep current with Center publications. When a new paper from the center is published, we send out a message to our email list. Our list currently comprises more than 250 people, including researchers, students, farmworkers, advocates, health professionals, growers, and other community members.
- Dissemination to larger community and targeted groups: We continued our efforts to share Center research findings with the Salinas Valley community through targeted meetings with community groups and key stakeholders, participation in community events, and media interviews about our work. In the Salinas Valley, we conducted 47 meetings with targeted groups in the community to discuss recent Center findings and other environmental health issues. Center staff also participated in several local health-related events such as health fairs and town hall meetings to talk about Center research. We presented the latest scientific findings to our Community Advisory Board, which includes representatives from the health, agriculture, and farmworker communities, and began the process of developing an Agricultural Council (see below). We also have worked with both English- and Spanish-language media to disseminate our results. This spring, our publications examining PBDE flame retardant exposure and the association of prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides with IQ in 7-year-olds received local, state, national, and international media attention. Dr. Brenda Eskenazi was interviewed on national television (Good Morning America) and national radio programs (NPR) while Ms. Celina Trujillo was interviewed by National Spanish television (Univision). Hundreds of internet and print media sources also provided coverage. In many of these interviews Drs. Eskenazi, Harley, and Bradman and Ms. Trujillo presented research findings and suggested methods to reduce pesticide and PBDE exposure.
- Dissemination to the scientific community: A list of pertinent scientific publications is listed for each Core in their respective progress reports, along with a list of presentations at scientific meetings. In addition, the Center hosted a quarterly seminar series on Children’s Environmental Health, featuring prominent international scientists and widely advertised to Bay Area scientists. Topics included gene-environment interaction and effects of PFOS/PFOA on onset of puberty (see Core 2). We also have presented our findings at other local meetings and universities, including briefings with senior scientific and management staff at the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. In addition, we have hosted our yearly Science Day where all Center faculty and staff, including Field Office staff, are updated on current research findings
- Website: We recently developed a new website: www.cerch.org. This website will broadly present work by the Center, including information on the CHAMACOS study, with pages for specific audience groups including parents, families, young children and teens, community groups, and health professionals. We are developing an online resource center to enable access to extensive environmental health education materials and other resources.
- Outreach to pregnant women: In the past, we developed the Prenatal Environmental Health Kiosk to educate low-income Latina pregnant women about environmental health during pregnancy and the early childhood period. We have converted the software that was previously only available on a Macintosh platform to both PC and web formats, which will facilitate wider dissemination. The prenatal kiosk currently is available on the following website (chamacos.nne.net) and will be included in the new CERCH website.
- Outreach to childcare providers: In collaboration with the California Childcare Health Program (CCHP), we continue to conduct our workshop on healthy environments in childcare settings. We have presented seven such trainings in Alameda and Monterey counties. Dr. Bradman also presented a workshop on environmental health in child care for the Los Angeles Office of Education, which provides Head Start preschool services to 28,000 children. We also worked with CCHP to publish an Integrated Pest Management Toolkit and curriculum for California childcare providers. See http://www.ucsfchildcarehealth.org/html/pandr/trainingcurrmain.htm.
- Outreach to social service organizations: Over the past year, Center staff has participated in monthly meetings with our community partner, California Rural Legal Assistance, to promote “Healthy Homes” principles in rural communities in California. A rural housing quality forum is planned for October 2011.
- Outreach to farmworkers: On February 12, 2011, we reconvened the Farmworker Council to discuss outreach strategies, and facilitate farmworker input into Center research and health promotion activities.
- Outreach to growers and the agricultural industry: We have established an Agricultural Council that includes local, state, and national organizations involved in agricultural production, research, regulation, and marketing. We met with this group on November 23, 2010, and will follow-up with additional meetings in June 2011, and beyond. Meetings to date have focused on CHAMACOS methods and results.
- Dissemination of Center research findings: We plan to hold our annual community forum, continue targeted outreach to community groups, and respond to invitations for presentations. We also will continue our dissemination to the scientific community.
- Education on children’s environmental health: Over the next year, we plan to set up the Prenatal Environmental Health Kiosk for use in additional health clinics and social service agencies. Environmental education to childcare providers and community groups will continue.
- Youth Community Council (YCC): Over the summer, the YCC will work on a Photovoice Project where they will use cameras to record the positive and negative health impacts of their local environment. After the project is complete, they will present their work to a community audience and their art will be posted in a public space.
- Policy Makers: We will continue to present our research to policy makers as requested. The Tri-County Association of Latino Elected Officials, a regional group, has invited us to describe the CHAMACOS studies and findings.
- The COTC core has submitted a proposal to US EPA to expand outreach activities.
Journal Articles on this Report : 1 Displayed | Download in RIS Format
|Other subproject views:||All 334 publications||8 publications in selected types||All 8 journal articles|
|Other center views:||All 666 publications||138 publications in selected types||All 137 journal articles|
||Gunier RB, Mora AM, Smith D, Arora M, Austin C, Eskenazi B, Bradman A. Biomarkers of manganese exposure in pregnant women and children living in an agricultural community in California. Environmental Science & Technology 2014;48(24):14695-14702.||
Progress and Final Reports:Original Abstract
Main Center Abstract and Reports:R834513 Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas - UC Berkeley School of Public Health: CHAMACOS Office, Berkeley, CA
Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
R834513C001 CHAMACOS Cohort Project: Pesticides and PBDE on Neurobehavior and Puberty
R834513C002 Project B: Exposure Project: Mn, DDT/E and PBDE Exposure to Farmworker Children
R834513C003 Epigenetics Project
R834513C004 Community Outreach and Translation Core