The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) is hosting a Risk e-Learning webinar series focused on strategies to communicate potential environmental health risks to reduce exposures and improve health.
The four-part series will showcase effective risk communication strategies and how they have been tailored to the needs of diverse communities. Presentations will also highlight first-hand experiences designing risk communication messages and campaigns, evaluating impact, and adapting communication strategies for different populations. The webinar series builds on an SRP workshop held in June 2021.
In the third session, presenters will discuss how they have engaged and communicated with underserved and vulnerable communities and developed strategies to tailor messages to these communities so they can participate and use the information equitably. The session will also include a presentation on the NIH Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostic-Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) Program, which funds community engagement programs with a focus on communities most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sharon Croisant, Ph.D., University of Texas Medical Branch and the Baylor College of Medicine SRP Center, will describe the access and equity issues environmental justice communities face, such as risk of exposure due to residence or occupation, and status as migrants and immigrants. Disasters frequently disproportionately impact these populations, exacerbating existing inequities and injustices and contributing to stress, which often serves as a barrier to risk communication. We will discuss barriers to risk communication under emergent conditions and strategies for improving communication to reduce exposures.
Louie Rivers, Ph.D., of North Carolina State University, will discuss his work engage with communities in Southeast Raleigh through the Walnut Creek Wetland Community Project. This presentation will highlight the process of engaging residents through focused groups and meetings to assess stream conditions in neighborhoods, support interests in green infrastructure, and increase environmental awareness.
Al Richmond, M.S.W., Executive Director of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH), will describe phase one of a COVID19 at-home testing project coordinated by the RADx UP Coordinating Data Collection Center. The Say Yes! COVID Test Project centers local community engagement strategies to reach underserved populations and promote confidence in addressing barriers to testing and vaccination. Lessons Learned from the public health intervention, including the novel approaches to social media will be highlighted To view this archive online or download the slides associated with this seminar, please visit http://www.clu-in.org/conf/tio/SRPREIH3_102021/