Global Environmental Health Day 2017 brought together attendees from U.S. government agencies, nonprofit organizations, academia and the private sector to celebrate and share lessons learned and best-practices from community-engaged environmental health research across the globe. Battelle was pleased to participate with sessions highlighting community-engaged environmental health.
The day was hosted by the National Institute for Environmental Health Science (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on September 15 in Research Triangle Park, NC. Common themes and topics of discussion at the event included the critical role communities play in environmental health research, the value of citizen science, the importance of addressing health disparities and social determinants of health when working in environmental health, the impacts of chemical exposure to vulnerable populations and the need for actionable science.
Natasha Sadoff, a Research Scientist on Battelle’s Environmental Health team, presented a lightning talk and a poster outlining best practices in community-engaged environmental health research based on Battelle’s experience in Latin America. Natasha’s presentations highlighted Battelle’s capacity-building approach to global environmental health work, which emphasizes a project planning cycle based on community- and partner-based planning, implementation and evaluation. She also shared best practices for more effective, sustainable environmental health research, including fostering partner engagement, co-development and exchange of information, and communications, beginning with the project idea itself. These best practices, tested through years of experience in implementing this capacity building approach, could also apply for other topics and sectors.
Natasha highlighted examples of Battelle’s experience in international capacity building, including:
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- Developing applications of satellite products for air quality monitoring, analysis, forecasting and visualization in El Salvador and Costa Rica for the NASA and USAID SERVIR Program (see a case study here).
- Developing and overseeing a community-based solid waste management pilot project for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs’ Trash-Free Waters Program in Peru.
- Facilitating a regional air quality management dialogue that engages El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs.