Nature & Health

Nature exposure, mental health, and equity: a multi-method approach Greg Bratman University of Washington Seattle, WA Early life adversity has been associated with a variety of negative mental health outcomes. The “second hit” hypothesis posits that the experience of more than one adverse event may be necessary for the onset of certain mental health disorders. For example, childhood adversity may make an individual more vulnerable to anxiety disorders, but it…

Collaborative Projects

Exploring the Use of a Low-Cost Photopaper Tool for Citizen Science Detection of Urban Gas Leaks Sara Wyle and Kirk Jalbert Urban gas leaks undermine progress towards climate change mitigation, and cost American consumers billions of dollars each year. However, the sensors available to detect gas leaks are both too costly and too inaccessible to be used regularly by grassroots climate justice activists. Atmospheric corrosion literature suggests that a low-cost…

Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice Report Card for Colorado Cities Katherine Dickinson Colorado School of Public Health Aurora, CO Environmental justice (EJ) requires that all people live, work, and play in a healthy environment and have a voice in shaping what that environment looks like and includes (or excludes). Too often, environmental policies and actions reflect the interests of people with power, creating an inequitable distribution of environmental benefits and burdens. This proposal builds…

Housing

Improving Assessment of Residential Exposures for Home Energy Efficiency and Health Studies Ellison Carter Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO Rigorous evaluation of well characterized housing interventions and the extent to which they achieve their intended benefits is crucial to shaping effective housing policy and investments in the United States. Although home energy efficiency upgrades are anticipated to positively influence health through multiple physiological and psychological pathways, only a very limited…

Stress & Resilience

From the city to the cell: neighborhood determinants of adverse birth outcomes Lara Cushing, San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA Racial disparities in adverse birth outcomes such as preterm and low weight births are not fully explained by known maternal risk factors such as smoking or socioeconomic status, leading to calls for more research on the role of neighborhood-level factors, including environmental pollutants and psychosocial stressors which often co-occur…

Built Environment

A Multimethod Approach to Assess Sanitary Risks and Microbial Exposures Associated with Waterborne Illnesses and Infrastructure Management in Baltimore, Maryland Marccus D. Hendricks University of Maryland Past studies in public health have demonstrated an association between disease and poor sanitation, such as waterborne illnesses and exposure to sewage-laden waters. Modern stormwater and sanitary systems are some of history’s most lifesaving infrastructures. However, failure to maintain and rehabilitate these systems over…

Environmental Health

Environmental exposures in the home environment and COPD exacerbation Raphael Arku University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is among the leading causes of death in the U.S. and costs billions in healthcare cost, with most of the costs due to hospital readmissions from exacerbation of existing COPD. Although environmental exposures are known to worsen COPD symptoms, limited studies exist on preventable environmental triggers. Compared to…