Knights Landing Environmental Health Project (2017)

Authors: Alfonso Aranda*, UC Davis Geography Graduate Group - Davis, CA
Topics: Medical and Health Geography, Rural Geography, Environmental Perception
Keywords: CBPR, Environmental Health, Risk and risk perception, Farm-worker studies
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 4:00 PM / 5:40 PM
Room: Studio 1, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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Our project got its start after residents from a rural agricultural community contacted UC Davis researchers with concerns about the perceived-high incidence of cancer and environmental exposures in their community. With the active support of community members (Promotoras), a team graduate students in geography, environmental toxicology, and public health launched a mixed-methods, community-based participatory research project to help document and address these concerns. Aim 1- qualitatively ascertain perceptions of environmental risk for the purpose of framing hypotheses about disease causality and to identify variables for quantitative development. Aim 2- quantify suspected exposures using environmental samples consistent with community concerns. Aim 3- develop actions both in the lab and in the community that will address results of the previous aims with the overall goal of improving the health of residents. This paper will address the process behind Aim 1 and preliminary results: (a) promotora trainings (n=20), (b) cross-sectional community health survey (n=100), (c) exploratory focus group sessions (n=8), and (d) photovoice projects (n=8). As of now, results from Aim 1 are forthcoming.

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