Risk & Safety Communication

What we are doing


The Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and Tucson Water are creating a risk communication model by using an interactive approach to effectively communicate concerns about water quality. 

Over a two-year span, the project team will focus on creating an effective communications model and outreach tools that will engage, educate and inform the public about perceptions of risk and drinking water quality. Developing a common ‘language’ about environmental and drinking water health is essential to helping community members to accurately understand risk and to minimize exposure to hazards whenever possible. 

Specifically, the Risk Communication Project will incorporate an interactive and inclusive approach that will    

·         Create a communications model

·         Provide outreach programs

·         Establish a public meeting template

·         Provide necessary communications tools and materials


Why we are doing this


We are doing this because there is a need to overcome lack of knowledge, risk misperception and fear about water quality. Developing environmental health literacy is important to help community members understand risk and the importance of environmental quality work.

Information about environmental hazards can create fear, which can interfere with understanding a topic. Other barriers include:

·         low functional literacy

·         lack of scientific background knowledge

·         minimal skills in applying environmental knowledge

·         complex information & high risk-perception



Meet the Team

Dan Quintanar:

Dan is a Project Manager for Tucson Water. He is working with SWEHSC to develop communicatons protocols in response to potential contamination in the drinking water.

Marti Lindsey:


Dr. Lindsey is is the Director of the Outreach and Education Core of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, and teaches health literacy for the College of Pharmacy. For more information about Dr. Lindsey click here

Ben Richmond: 


Ben is the outreach coordinator in Dr. Lindsey's office. He recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Public Health, and will start working towards a masters degree in public health starting this Fall.

Madison Heffron:



Madison is a senior at the University of Arizona studying Public Health with a minor in Leadership. She is involved with the Blue Chip Leadership Program and the Conference Chair for the National Collegiate Leadership Conference. Her interests in public health lie in health policy and population health interventions. She has been interning with SWEHSC for the 2016-2017 school year, focusing on planning Science Cafes, Focus Groups, and supporting various outreach activities. 


Kiana Kaye:

Kiana is a sophomore studying Public Health with two minors in American Indian Studies and Nutritional Science. She is the SWEHSC Student Environmental Outreach Assistant.

Ashley Lykins:


Ashley is a senior studying microbiology at the University of Arizona. She has worked at the SWEHSC for four years. Upon graduation, she plans to attend graduate school for Pharmacology or Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Diana Pham:

Diana Pham is a senior studying Public Health at the University of Arizona. She plans to apply to the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arizona next year. Her involvement during her undergraduate years at the University of Arizona consisted of many leadership positions and exposure to diverse community organizations on and off campus. Besides being an intern for SWEHSC COEC, She is also currently an ambassador for the College of Public Health, a volunteer at Tucson Medical Center, and an intern at St. Mary’s hospital. 

Kendall Welliver:


Kendall is a senior at the University of Arizona majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business Administration. 


Chrisa Whitmore:

Chrisa is a senior at the University of Arizona majoring in Public Health. She will be interning at the SWEHEC this semester. She plans on attending graduate school for Industrial Hygine or Occupational Health/Safety.

Saige Williams:



Saige is Senior at the University of Arizona majoring in Public Health. She will be interning in Dr. Lindsey's office.

Taylor Wingfield:


Taylor is a senior at the University of Arizona majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Tasnim Zahlan: