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The COEC’s first Town Meeting was held in 2001, where scientists learned first-hand from community members about the impact of the Ports in their neighborhoods, and residents heard about new research findings showing serious effects of air pollution on health. Subsequently, with Impact Project partners and support of National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and foundations, the COEC sponsored large community-driven conferences on health impacts from ports and goods movement in 2005, 2007, and 2010. In 2011, the COEC co-sponsored with NIEHS a community forum focused on plans to expand the I-710 freeway in L.A. As part of the 2014 NIEHS Center Directors Meeting, the COEC sponsored a community forum entitled “The Collision of Best Intentions,” which described incompatible land use decisions, such as housing in close proximity to busy roads and freeways.
Community-Scientist Dialogue: Mothers, Babies and the Environment
The Outreach Program hosted a luncheon event in East Los Angeles to foster a dialogue between scientists researching impact of pollution and stress on maternal and child health with local organizations working on the ground to improve health and well-being of mothers and their families. Community members, staff members from local community based organizations, as well as staff from local elected officials offices all participated. USC scientists presented information about the critical role of chemicals on the health of mothers and young children, the importance of research studies and the key role of the environment in health disparities.
March 7, 2016
Green Spaces, Environmental Justice, and Public Health Roundtable
This event brought together many organizations who work on parks and open space, health, and environmental issues, for a discussion of key considerations in planning and engaging communities. The topics included land use and siting, listening to residents and getting out a consistent public health message, and determining the intersections between our issue areas.
December 8, 2015
Community-based Research Symposium at USC Health Sciences Campus
Members from five organizations around LA attended the community-based research symposium to hear about the other organizations’ projects related to air quality, traffic, and other health issues. The goal was to share information about community-based research projects, and build relationships between organizations. Five organizations hosted tables with materials, and participants learned about the communities in which they work, the methods and tools that were used, and lessons to share with the other groups. In addition, ideas for future projects were identified as well as ways to incorporate information into ongoing campaigns and programs.
November 11, 2015
The Collision of Best Intentions: Public Health, Smart Growth and Urban Planning
Public Health, Smart Growth, and Land Use Planning Community Forum sponsored by the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC), SC-Children’s Environmental Health Center (SC-CEHC) & National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The forum brought together stakeholders around environmental health issues, particularly concerns about air pollution’s impacts on health and the epidemic of childhood obesity.
Article, photos, and presentations
Los Angeles, CA. April 9, 2014
Community Forum on Traffic Pollution and Your Health
Research updates from USC & UCLA scientists on the health impacts of traffic pollution related to living or going to school close to freeways and busy roads were presented. Hosted by the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).
Paramount, CA. October 6, 2011
A conference for communities impacted by trade, ports, and goods movement. ?Organized by the Center Outreach program and THE Impact Project. Sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The California Endowment, and The Kresge Foundation.
Presentations and conference material
Carson, CA. October 22, 2010