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Strengthening Environmental Justice and Decision Making: A Symposium on the Science of Disproportionate Environmental Health Impacts

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington DC

March 17 - 19, 2010



The overall goal of the conference was to lay the foundation for developing analytical and decision frameworks that can be used by EPA and other federal, state, and local government agencies to better quantify and characterize disproportionate environmental health impacts on minority and low-income populations that may result from their programs, policies, and activities. Specifically, the workshop revolved around several themes on contributors to disproportionate environmental health impacts among minority and low-income populations: 

  1. proximity and exposure to environmental hazards;
  2. population susceptibility/vulnerability;
  3. unique exposure pathways;
  4. cumulative impacts/burdens;
  5. community capacity to participate in the decision-making process;
  6. vulnerable physical infrastructure;
  7. chronic community stress


Data and Methodology:  Proximity
Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Abstract Title
Troy Abel Skewed Riskscapes and Environmental Injustice:  A Case Study
of Metropolitan St. Louis
Mary Collins Place-Based Targeting:  Using a Novel Method To Identify Disproportionalities in Causes and Effects
Mark Corrales Comparison of Methods for Nationwide Environmental Justice Analysisof Predicted SO2 Levels
Angela Gilbert

Using Geographically Weighted Regression for Analyzing Disproportionate Environmental Impacts:  Adverse Health Risks From Air Toxics in Florida

William McDonnell

Proximal Exposure of Utah Schoolchildren to Airborne Pollutants From Major Roadways

Arlene Rosenbaum

Demographic Distribution of Exposure to Diesel Particulate Matter at Selected Harbor Areas


Data and Methodology Needs:  Multiple and Cumulative Impacts/Effects
Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Abstract Title
Daniel Axelrad

Using Children’s Environmental Health Indicators To Identify Disparities in Exposure and Health

Hilton Kelley and John Prochaska

Multiple Impacts and Health Disparities in Port Arthur, TX:  A Community Profile of Cumulative Risk

Danelle Lobdell

Creating an Overall Environmental Quality Index:  Assessing Available Data

Sarah Sharp

Innovations in Environmental Justice Research for Action:  the San Joaquin Valley Cumulative Health Impacts (SJV-CHIP)

Patricia Murphy

Human Exposure and Health in EPA’s Report on the Environment:  An EPA Resource for Data and Indicators for Informing Environmental Justice Policy Discussions

Sacoby Wilson

Use of a Community-University Partnership To Examine Exposure and Health Disparities in North Charleston, South Carolina


Data and Methodology Needs:  Susceptibility and Vulnerability
Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Abstract Title
Jane Clougherty A Framework for Examining Social Stress and Susceptibility in Air Pollution and Respiratory Health
Tamara Saltman

Identifying “At-Risk Populations”:  Applying High-Resolution Air Quality, Demographic, and Baseline Health Data To Define and Locate At-Risk Populations

Sacoby Wilson

Mapping of Human Vulnerability to Climate Change at the County Level Across the United States

Sue M. Moodie

Community- and Family-Level Factors Influence Caregiver Choice To Screen Blood Lead Levels of Children in a Mining Community

Keeve Nachman

Disparities in Race/Ethnicity in Relation to Air Pollution Exposure and Asthma in Adults


Data and Methodology Needs:  Unique Exposures
Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Abstract Title
Christine Chaisson Traditional Knowledge and Community-Specific Living as the Basis for Relevant Risk Assessment: New Tools and Approaches
Roseanne Lorenzana

Asian American and Pacific Islander American Seafood Consumption Studies in Washington State

David Richardson

Collaborative Investigation of Odors, Air Quality, and Health in a Community Bordering a Landfill

Vi Waghiyi

Contaminants in the Traditional Foods of the Yupik People of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska—Exposure Pathways, Collaborative Interventions, and Prevention


Data and Methodology Needs:  Psychosocial Stress
Thursday, March 18, 2010, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Abstract Title
Jessie Carr

Spatial Correlations Among Air Pollution and Social Stressors Across NYC Communities

Jane Clougherty

Chronic Social Stress and Susceptibility to Concentrated Ambient Fine Particles in Rats

Richard Salkowe

Natural Disasters and Human Health:  Measuring the Prevalence of Stress-Related Disease After the 2002-2003 Illinois Storm, Tornado, and Flood Events

Ami Zota

Allostatic Load, an Indicator of Chronic Stress, Modifies the Impact of Blood Lead Levels on Hypertension


Data and Methodology Needs:  Physical Infrastructure
Wednesday, March 18, 2010, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Abstract Title
Gary Adamkiewicz Exposure Disparities Within the Indoor Environment:  Understanding Critical Pathways and Implications for Policy Responses
Christopher Heaney

Collaborative Investigation of Water Quality in a Community Bordering Landfills

Rhona Julien

Examining Determinants of Pesticide Exposures in Public Housing Using Classification and Regression Tree (CART) Analysis

Gretchen Kroeger The CEHI Community Assessment Project:  A Tool for Linking the Built Environment With Key Health Outcomes
Max Weintraub EPA Inspection and Enforcement Actions Under TSCA To Protect Vulnerable Populations
Sacoby Wilson

Use of Community-Owned and -Managed Research To Assess Infrastructure Disparities and the Quality of Water and Sewer Services in Marginalized and Underserved Environmental Justice Communities


Social Capital and Community Capacity to Participate in Environmental Decision Making
Wednesday, March 18, 2010, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Abstract Title
Steven Fischbach Building Community Capacity in Environmental Decision-Making Through Community Lawyering:  A Case Study
Claire Franklin

Zinc Residues in Caribou:  A Dilemma Presented to the Selawick, AK, Community:  Community Decisions About Risk and Benefit

Myra Immings

Synthesizing Environmental Justice Planning Into Transportation Planning for Projects in the Southeastern United States Through Enhanced Public Involvement

Kathleen Fagan

Enhancing Worker Advocacy:  OSHA’s Outreach to Diverse Worker Populations

Don Yellowman and Marsha Monestersky Forgotten People CDC—The Navajo Nation Laboratory

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