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Geospatial Health Research Symposium 21 - Integrating Geospatial Technologies, Environmental Health Research, and Community Engagement to Address Indigenous Community Environmental Health Disparities

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Water Resources Specialty Group, Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group
Organizers: Joseph Hoover, Yan Lin
Chairs: Yan Lin


Previous research suggests that Indigenous communities are disproportionately exposed to environmental contaminants. This is related, in part, to traditional lifeways and cultural practices that increase contact with environmental media. Research into the occurrence, mobilization and transport of chemicals through environmental media, human exposures, and the extent of human health impacts among members of indigenous communities is critical but under-investigated. Geospatial technology and a community-engaged research design can aid the implementation, collection, and interpretation of research data collected to address environmental health issues. In this session we welcome topics that integrate geospatial technologies in the study of environment or human health. Special attention is paid to community-engaged investigations in partnership with tribal communities.

Keywords – environmental health; GIS; GPS; spatial analysis and modeling; indigenous communities; community-engaged research; human exposures; abandoned mines


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Joseph Hoover*, Montana State University, Billings, Yan Lin, University of New Mexico, Daniel Beene, University of New Mexico, Zhuoming Liu, University of New Mexico, GPS tracking livestock to inform potential human exposure to abandoned uranium mine waste in an Indigenous community in the southwestern United States 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Daniel Beene*, Community Environmental Health Program - University of New Mexico, Joseph Hoover, Montana State University - Billings, Yan Lin, University of New Mexico, Using the Soil Water Assessment Tool (Arc-SWAT) to Estimate Sediment Discharge-Based Uranium Transport in a Mining-Impacted Watershed, Navajo Nation, USA 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Zhuoming Liu*, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of New Mexico, Yan Lin, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of New Mexico, Joseph Hoover, Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, Montana State University Billings, Daniel Beene, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of New Mexico, Classifying livestock grazing behavior and GIS-modeling potential for exposure to Abandoned Uranium Mine Waste in the Cove Wash Watershed, Arizona, USA 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Amber Pearson Michigan State University 15 12:00 AM

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