2006 Progress Report: Center for Children’s Environmental Health Research – Community Outreach and Translation Core

EPA Grant Number: R831710C004
Subproject: this is subproject number 004 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R831710
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: University of California Berkeley Center for Children’s Environmental Health Research
Center Director: Eskenazi, Brenda
Title: Center for Children’s Environmental Health Research – Community Outreach and Translation Core
Investigators: Alkon, Abbey , Eskenazi, Brenda , Minkler, Meredith , Wallestein, Nina , Winkleby, Marilyn
Institution: University of California - Berkeley
EPA Project Officer: Callan, Richard
Project Period: May 1, 2004 through October 31, 2008 (Extended to October 31, 2010)
Project Period Covered by this Report: May 1, 2005 through October 31, 2006
RFA: Centers for Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research (2003) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Children's Health , Health Effects , Health


The Specific aims of this project are:

  1. To create a community infrastructure necessary to ensure collective community participation in raising awareness of community environmental health hazards and developing initiatives to promote children’s environmental health.
  2. To strengthen the capacity of community groups and organizations in the areas of community organizing, outreach, and environmental health promotion.
  3. To disseminate Center study findings to a broad range of community members, community-based organizations, and stakeholders within the Salinas Valley in order to raise awareness of environmental health hazards and to develop initiatives to promote children’s environmental health.
  4. To strengthen children’s environmental health awareness and risk prevention among the general public, clinicians and policy makers.

Progress Summary:

Specific Aim 1: Development of Community Infrastructure

Over the past year, we have met regularly with our community partners, Community Advisory Board (CAB), and Farmworker Council (FWC). The CAB and FWC have been provided advanced copies of all scientific manuscripts at time of submission and press releases for their feedback, and have been involved in the development of new proposals.

  • Community Advisory Board:The most recent CAB meeting was held in March, 2005 at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas. We discussed recent study findings, results to be presented at the town-hall meetings for study participants, and next steps for the Center. CAB members gave feedback on the presentation for the town-hall meetings, and suggested new directions for future research.
  • Farmworker Council: We have held quarterly meetings with our FWC. Meetings have been regularly attended by Berkeley and local study staff, in addition to the ten FWC and community partner members.This spring we added two participants from our cohort study to the FWC to enhance the committee’s abilities to advise us on appropriate strategies for sharing study results with the community.

Specific Aim 2: Capacity Building in Community Organizing, Outreach, & Health Promotion

  • The FWC and CAB provide feedback on outreach strategies and educational activities to promote awareness of children’s environmental health issues in the Salinas Valley. Members of both advisory boards have assisted in the development of outreach and educational materials and the development of new outreach and education projects (see Additional Activities). In turn, we have provided them with new scientific information and understanding of scientific research and its limitations.

Specific Aim 3: Dissemination of Center Findings within the Salinas Valley

During Year 3, we developed, implemented, and evaluated a number of culturally-appropriate initiatives aimed at communicating study results to the Salinas Valley.

  • Community Outreach, Education, and Targeted Meetings: We continue to share study results and educational messages with the Salinas Valley community through by our participation in local conferences, and meetings with targeted community-based organizations. Community partners, local study staff, and university partners participate in these efforts. This year alone, we have delivered educational presentations to 1,740 adults within the Salinas Valley (see Table 7). Targeted meetings have been held with community-based organizations, Migrant Education, teachers and principles, farmworker parents, and service providers.
  • Pilot Community Health Outreach Worker Program: In July, we collaborated with our partner Clínica de Salud del Valle de Salinas to train 11 Community Health Outreach Workers (CHOW) about pesticides and ways to reduce pesticide exposures at work and at home. We provided the CHOWs with copies of the pictorial flip charts and educational handouts that we developed and tested in our Community-Based Participatory Intervention. They will use these to educate Salinas Valley families about children’s health.
  • Culturally-appropriate outreach and demonstration materials: We continue to maintain a bilingual website, have developed educational materials (handouts, flipcharts, interactive educational kiosk (see Aim 4 below), and are in the process of developing other culturally appropriate materials to both share study findings and educate the larger Salinas Valley about children’s environmental health. We also developed a bilingual newsletter this spring that was sent to all study participants and community partners.
  • Annual Report to Participants: We sent out our bilingual Annual Report summarizing recent study findings to study participants and partners. An invitation for study participants to attend town-hall meetings about study results was enclosed in this report. Study participants were also invited to contact our Field Coordinator with any questions or concerns they had about study results.

Specific Aim 4: Strengthening Children’s Environmental Health Awareness beyond the Salinas Valley

We conducted activities across the county, state and nation to educate students, pregnant women, families, child care and health care providers and policy makers around children’s environmental health issues.

  • Outreach to Childcare: Drs. Bradman and Alkon have conducted several trainings on children’s environmental health for childcare providers including: 1) training 15 California Childcare Training Program staff; 2) 20 representatives of the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network, from dozen counties in California; and 3) 60 day care teachers/directors for the California Association for Education of Young Children.
  • Outreach to Pregnant Women: Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) Curriculum: We partnered with the Population Council of Mexico City to develop an environmental health education chapter for the Salud Materna kiosk, a health education tool they developed for pregnant women (funded by California Wellness), which will be piloted CPSP in the Salinas Valley.
  • Outreach to Families: Children’s Environmental Health Content for Parents’ Kit: We have collaborated with the Center for Community Wellness at UC Berkeley to include information and resources on children’s environmental health in the 2005 version of the Parents Guide (Spanish and English versions), which will be distributed to all new mothers in California by the State’s First Five Association.
  • Internships, mentorship, and training opportunities for students and staff: We provide volunteer and internship opportunities to students from local high schools, community colleges, and universities in both our Berkeley and Salinas offices. This year, our Salinas office has provided educational internship opportunities for 11 students from California State University Monterey Bay, 4 students from the University of California Santa Cruz, and 2 Alisal High School students. We held our yearly Science Day with our Salinas staff and our monthly Center seminar with Berkeley staff and students.
  • Outreach to Health Care Providers: We trained physicians on lead and children’s health at a clinical summit in Oakland (n=130 providers) (CME credits offered) and on pesticides at Grand Rounds at San Francisco General’s Pediatrics Department and at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas (n=50 providers).
  • Press Releases: Our work has been the subject of over 50 media reports (see Overview section).
  • Outreach to Policy Makers: Dr. Eskenazi has consulted with WHO on their global efforts in children’s environmental health and in their policy on DDT use. We collaborate with scientists at the California Department of Health Services, a number of whom are members of our Center. Members of the Monterey County Health Department and the Agricultural Commissioner sit on our CAB.

Educational Publications: In Year 3, we have developed brochures in Spanish and English for our community members on several children’s environmental health issues:

Asbesto/ Asbestos (2005) (Spanish/English)
Asma/ Asthma (2005) (Spanish/English)
Contaminación de Agua Potable/ Water Contamination (2005) (Spanish/English)
Envenenamiento con Plomo/ Lead Poisoning (2005) (Spanish/English)
Exposición al Sol/ Sun Exposure (2005) (Spanish/English)
Humo de Segunda Mano/ Second Hand Smoke (2005) (Spanish/English)
Lista de Seguridad para Ninos/ Safety List for Children (2005) (Spanish/English)
Mercurio en el Pescado/ Mercury in Fish (2005) (Spanish/English)
Manejo Integrado de Plagas (MIP)/ Integrated Pest Management (IPM) (2005) (Spanish/English)
Monóxido de Carbono/ Carbon Monoxide (2005) (Spanish/English)
Pesticidas/ Pesticides (2005) (Spanish/English)
Polucion del Aire/ Air Pollution (2005) (Spanish/English)
Prevencion de Accidentes/ Accident Prevention (2005) (Spanish/English)
Productos Toxicos en tu Hogar/ Toxic Products in your Home (2005) (Spanish/English)
Radon/ Radon (2005) (Spanish/English)

Future Activities:

Next year, we will continue outreach and translation activities targeting the Salinas Valley and other key interest groups across the State and Nation. We will meet regularly with our advisory boards, will continue to disseminate study results and educate the Salinas Valley community through community fora, our annual report, and other ongoing outreach activities, and continue targeted outreach to childcare and healthcare providers, pregnant women, and families though the initiatives discussed above. We will strengthen our outreach to policy makers California Department of Health Services, Environmental Health Investigations Branch, the Children's Environmental Health Network.

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Other center views: All 131 publications 106 publications in selected types All 98 journal articles
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Journal Article Israel BA, Parker EA, Rowe Z, Salvatore A, Minkler M, Lopez J, Butz A, Mosley A, Coates L, Lambert G, Potito PA, Brenner B, Rivera M, Romero H, Thompson B, Coronado G, Halstead S. Community-based participatory research:lessons learned from the Centers for Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research. Environmental Health Perspectives 2005;113(10):1463-1471. R831710 (2004)
R831710 (2005)
R831710 (Final)
R831710C001 (2006)
R831710C002 (2006)
R831710C004 (2006)
R826710 (Final)
R829391 (2004)
R829391 (2005)
R829391 (2006)
R829391C005 (2006)
R831709 (2005)
R831709 (2007)
R831709C003 (2005)
R831709C003 (2006)
R831711 (2005)
R831711 (2006)
R831711 (2007)
R831711 (Final)
R831711C001 (2006)
R831711C002 (2006)
R831711C003 (2006)
R832139 (2006)
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    community, outreach, prevention, exposure, pesticides, education, organophosphate, intervention, farmworker,, RFA, Health, Scientific Discipline, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, Health Risk Assessment, Children's Health, Risk Assessment, health effects, pesticide exposure, community-based intervention, immune system effects, airway disease, environmental risks, respiratory problems, Human Health Risk Assessment, assessment of exposure, childhood respiratory disease, children's environmental health, environmental health hazard, outreach and education, agricultural community, allergen

    Relevant Websites:

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    Progress and Final Reports:

    Original Abstract
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2007 Progress Report
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • Final

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R831710    University of California Berkeley Center for Children’s Environmental Health Research

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R831710C001 Center for Children’s Environmental Health Research – CHAMACOS Community Based Research Project
    R831710C002 Center for Children’s Environmental Health Research – Pesticide Exposure Assessment Project
    R831710C003 Center for Children’s Environmental Health Research – Mechanisms of Pesticide Neuro- and Immunotoxicity
    R831710C004 Center for Children’s Environmental Health Research – Community Outreach and Translation Core