Legacy Grantees (2010-2011)

Environmental Health Coalition

The Environmental Health Collaborative’s (EHC) project, “Land Use Planning to Reduce Asthma in National City,” focused on addressing poor land use planning. They developed a collaborative approach amongst residents and city officials to implement the pollution reduction element of National City’s new Westside Specific Plan and secure the relocation of 3-5 auto body shops from the vicinity of a neighborhood elementary school. Accomplishments included.

  1. Approval of the ranking formula and protecting language for the amoritization goals to relocate offending businesses. Despite challenges, on September 27, 2011 the City Council approved funding to conduct the ranking of businesses for relocation. Data will be collected between October and December and the ranking is expected to be published in January 2012.
  2. EHC’s recommendation that a Public Advisory Council be formed to guide the implementation of the OTSP was approved by the city.
  3. In January, ten EHC community leaders began conducting code compliance monitoring to support the process of negotiating terms for business relocations. They have recorded 150 violations to date.
  4. On June 7, 2011, the City Council approved the first General Plan in California with a comprehensive Health and Environmental Justice Element. The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research has expressed strong interest in requiring General Plans throughout California to include a similar element modeled after EHC’s plan.
  5. EHC’s Land Use Team drafted:  A Healthy Place to Live: A People’s Guide to Community Planning. The interactive video guide is modeled on EHC’s Barrio Logan and National City experiences and will be distributed nationally and incorporated into their Leadership Training program.

Chicago Asthma Consortium

The goal of the Chicago Asthma Consortium’s project, “Crossing the Information Divide: What Do Inner City Communities of Color Want to Know About Health and How Do They Prefer to Learn It?” was to formally develop a brief, low-literacy survey in English and Spanish that identifies which asthma-relevant health information is of interest to community members, how they currently access information, how decisions are made with regard to the quality and relevance of health information, and which avenues might be most effective in delivering asthma health information to community members in the future. The following objectives were accomplished:

  1. Generated and narrowed a survey pool of questions through a literature review, taking into account community perspectives and reading/literacy levels. The survey was also translated into Spanish.
  2. Conducted 15 Cognitive Interviews (in English and Spanish) to identify words, phrases, or survey questions that were confusing and/or did not yield intended responses. The survey tool was modified based upon results.
  3. Trained community members to conduct a pilot test of the survey tool in three target communities.
  4. Entered and analyzed pilot survey data.
  5. Finalized survey tool using suggestions from the surveyors as well as data analysis.

Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland

The goal of Children’s Hospital & Research Center’s project, “C3PLAT: An innovative systems change approach to build capacity among California’s new generation of pediatricians to become environmental health advocates, was “to train the next generation’s pediatricians to be more sympathetic, better informed, and better equipped to understand and address their patients’ environmental risk factors, and be better able to advocate for pro-health policies for their patients and the public.” This curriculum fits into the “library” of new and revised curricula being developed over time by the California Collaborative in Community Pediatrics and Legislative Advocacy Training (C3PLAT), which reaches 760 residents per year in California. Their accomplishments include:

  1. Designed a 1 week environmental health curriculum for pediatric residents that includes background reading, three hour overview training, a toolkit, and a series of environmental tours of socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods.
  2. Piloted the curriculum with 25 pediatric residents at CHRCO. This has been done with overwhelming positive feedback and a new understanding for pediatric practice especially as it relates to asthma, obesity and mental health issues in the context of the social inequities of health.
  3. Disseminated materials by sharing the curriculum on a private social networking site designed for their collaborative, presenting a tutorial on how to become “medical champions” on environmental health, and consulting with five pediatric training programs in Northern and Southern California to create similar curricula.
  4. Trained pediatric residents to advocate politically on behalf of their patients regarding environmental health topics.
  5. Designed a pre and post test evaluation to determine general knowledge gained and to see the way the pediatric residents’ practices and attitudes on environmental health have changed.