Analyzing Patterns of Community Interest at a Legacy Mining Waste Site to Assess and Inform Environmental Health Literacy Efforts
AuthorRamirez-Andreotta, Monica D
Wilkinson, Sarah T
Root, Robert A
Artiola, Janick F
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Dept Soil Water & Environm Sci
Univ Arizona, Mel & Enid Zuckerman Coll Publ Hlth
Univ Arizona, Dept Pharmacol
community engaged research
environmental health literacy
hazardous waste site
legacy mining waste
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CitationRamirez-Andreotta, M.D., Lothrop, N., Wilkinson, S.T. et al. J Environ Stud Sci (2016) 6: 543. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13412-015-0297-x
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AbstractUnderstanding a community’s concerns and infor-mational needs is crucial to conducting and improving envi-ronmental health research and literacy initiatives. We hypoth-esized that analysis of community inquiries over time at alegacy mining site would be an effective method for assessingenvironmental health literacy efforts and determining whethercommunity concerns were thoroughly addressed. Through aqualitative analysis, we determined community concerns atthe time of being listed as a Superfund site. We analyzedhow community concerns changed from this starting pointover the subsequent years, and whether: (1) communicationmaterials produced by the U.S. Environmental ProtectionAgency and other media were aligned with community con-cerns; and (2) these changes demonstrated a progression of thecommunity’s understanding resulting from community in-volvement and engaged research efforts. We observed thatwhen the Superfund site was first listed, community memberswere most concerned with USEPA management, remediation,site-specific issues, health effects, and environmental monitor-ing efforts related to air/dust and water. Over the next 5 years,community inquiries shifted significantly to include exposureassessment and reduction methods and issues unrelated to thesite, particularly the local public water supply and home watertreatment systems. Such documentation of community inqui-ries over time at contaminated sites is a novel method to assessenvironmental health literacy efforts and determine whethercommunity concerns were thoroughly addressed.
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