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Risk Communication Strategies to Reduce Exposures and Improve Health: Session III - Engaging Communities and Tailoring Messages to Advance Equity and Justice

Sponsored by: NIEHS Superfund Research Program

Live Webinar: Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM EDT (17:00-19:00 GMT)
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The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) is hosting a Risk e-Learning webinar series focused on strategies to communicate potential environmental health risks to reduce exposures and improve health.
The four-part series will showcase effective risk communication strategies and how they have been tailored to the needs of diverse communities. Presentations will also highlight first-hand experiences designing risk communication messages and campaigns, evaluating impact, and adapting communication strategies for different populations. The webinar series builds on an SRP workshop held in June 2021.

In the third session, presenters will discuss how they have engaged and communicated with underserved and vulnerable communities and developed strategies to tailor messages to these communities so they can participate and use the information equitably. The session will also include a presentation on the NIH Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostic-Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) Program, which funds community engagement programs with a focus on communities most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This session will feature Louie Rivers, Ph.D., from the North Carolina State University, Sharon Croisant, Ph.D., from the University of Texas Medical Branch and the Baylor College of Medicine SRP Center, and Al Richmond, M.S.W., from the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health.

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Presenters:

Louie Rivers, Ph.D., North Carolina State University


Sharon A. Croisant, Ph.D., M.S.Sharon A. Croisant, Ph.D., M.S., The University of Texas Medical Branch (spetrone@utmb.edu or 409-772-9133)
Sharon A. Croisant, Ph.D., M.S., a tenured professor in the University of Texas Medical Branch's Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health, has more than 20 years of experience leading community-engaged research and outreach. She has participated in multiple projects to elucidate the causes and mechanisms of asthma exacerbations related to air pollution, and has established long-standing, collaborative relationships with community stakeholders with a vested interest in using research findings to direct community-based intervention and outreach activities. Community-based research is an important focus of her work, primarily in response to emergent environmental health issues experienced by Gulf Coast communities, including natural and manmade disasters. She previously served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Standing Committee on Medical and Public Health Research during Large-Scale Emergency Events. She serves as director of the Community Engagement Core for the Baylor-Rice Superfund Research Program Center, which was recently funded by NIEHS.


Al Richmond, M.S.W., Community-Campus Partnerships for Health


Moderator:

Jean BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (balent.jean@epa.gov or 703-603-9924)
Ms Balent is on the staff of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division where she has worked to collect and disseminate hazardous waste remediation and characterization information since 2003. Ms Balent manages the Clean Up Information Network website and actively supports online communication and collaboration resources available to EPA. She formerly worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Engineering Division in the Buffalo District. Ms Balent was also a member of the SUNY-Buffalo Groundwater Research Group where she constructed and tested large scale models of groundwater flow. Ms Balent has also conducted research relating to the Great Lakes, environmental remediation, and brownfields re-development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master's degree in Information Technology from AIU.


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