UM’s School of Public Health ups the ante on Native land acknowledgements

When D’Shane Barnett first heard a land acknowledgement about four years ago, he thought the statement recognizing that Missoula is on land traditionally occupied by Indigenous people was powerful. But Barnett, the director and health officer of the Missoula City-County Health Department, said the statements have since lost some of their impact. “It’s like the first time that you tell someone you love them,” said Barnett, who is from the…

Making the board: participatory game design for environmental action

The US state of Arizona is historically known as a rich source of helium-bearing gas, and market pressures have renewed interest in extracting helium throughout the state’s Holbrook Basin. In response, a group of concerned residents emerged to educate the public and engage with regulators. However, the obscurities of the helium industry and regulatory frameworks complicated the group’s efforts. This paper details a participatory action research project called Helium Futures, a…

New Book: Ambient Combustion Ultrafine Particles and Health

This edited and peer reviewed volume contains a collection of articles from many disciplines that address the emerging issue of ambient ultrafine particles derived from combustion sources and their health effects. The authors are published experts with respect to ultrafine particles. They write about diverse aspects of the problem including epidemiology, environmental engineering, toxicology, policy, architecture and medicine. Each chapter provides a thoroughly referenced review of the respective subject matter.…

Restoring Mother Nature for everyone

Parks and green spaces encourage physical activity, improve social cohesion, boost mental health and more. Yet lack of access and availability, as well as racist practices like redlining and over-policing, mean not every community gets to take advantage of such benefits. At a Tuesday APHA 2021 session on “Parks and Public Spaces: Working to Achieve Health Equity,” presenters shared how they work to increase park equity and how we can…

New survey shines light on racial disparities persisting in COVID-19 vaccination

A new public health survey reveals critical information regarding the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine messaging and public policies on individual perception and behaviors in the United States. The authors, led by Colorado School of Public Health faculty member Katherine Dickinson, were particularly interested in how structural racism impacts belief in vaccine safety. Deserai Crow and Meng Li, faculty at the University of Colorado Denver, and Courtney Welton-Mitchell, faculty at the Colorado School of…

Heat or eat? America’s poor face an inhumane, impossible choice this winter.

Inflation now is at the highest rate in 13 years and is a real concern for all Americans. Housing, food, furniture and many other goods are more expensive. The cost of another, more invisible commodity – home heating – is also projected to rise, even as much as 50%, in the coming months. The burdens of reduced buying power across so many facets of daily life is especially hard on low-income households. This winter, the poor will…

Expanding Reach of Occupational Health Knowledge: Contributing Subject-Matter Expertise to Wikipedia as a Class Assignment

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) collaborates with Wiki Education and academic programs in expanding and improving occupational safety and health content. In this paper we describe Wikipedia-based writing assignments in occupational health graduate courses. The Wikipedia assignments were effective in teaching students about occupational health, scientific writing, and science communication. Read more about JPB Fellow Diana Ceballos’ research.

Dr. Lara Cushing Appointed to Fielding Presidential Chair in Health Equity at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Newswise — LOS ANGELES (Oct. 1, 2021) – Dr. Lara Cushing, whose research identifies the disproportionate impacts of harmful environmental exposures on low-income populations and communities of color, has been appointed the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Presidential Chair in Health Equity at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, where Cushing is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. The endowed chair was established by Dr. Jonathan Fielding, a national…

New publication: The Three E’s Revisited: How Do Community-Based Organizations Define Sustainable Communities and Their Role in Pursuit of?

A sustainable community seeks to protect and enhance the environment, meet social needs, and promote economic success. On average, local governments lack meaningfully connecting their environmental and economic sustainability efforts to equity and social justice. Community-based organizations (CBOs) have emerged as local leaders with a growing capacity for pursuing community sustainability. Read more about JPB Fellow Tony Reames’ research.

CU Boulder receives $1.1 million in EPA grants to reduce public exposure to wildland fire smoke

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have been awarded $1.1 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for two projects to help school districts and communities reduce exposure to harmful pollution from wildland fire smoke. CU Boulder is among nine institutions across the country receiving a combined $7 million under EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program for research to address health risks from wildland fire smoke. “As wildfires become more frequent and…