About Environmental Health Literacy

WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY?

Environmental Literacy is the desired outcome from environmental education. It is an individuals' understanding, skills, and actions that is applied to human behavior in order to develop and sustain an environmental friendly quality of life. 

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & ENGAGEMENT

SWEHSC is currently working on various projects with accredited researchers, scientists, universities, and environmental professionals. It is our job to take the information and data from our collaboration projects, and develop a method that informs community members of any possible environmental health risks or exposures from our findings. 

UNDERSTANDING ENVIRNMENTAL HEALTH

SWEHSC and our partners at The University of North Carolina are currently developing  a tool that aims to successfully measure an individuals' environmental health literacy level (MEHL). 

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WHAT'S BREWING IN YOUR LAB?

What's Brewing In Your Lab, is collaboration activity between the Community Engagement Core (CEC) and the researchers that make up the SWEHSC.

It is a chance for researchers and the SWEHSC team to discuss current research and findings while coffee and breakfast are provided.  

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SCIENCE CAFES

On Thursday December 7th the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center teamed up with a tribe in the Southwest to hold their first REZ Café (REZ- Respectful, Engaging, Safe). The topic of this first café was allergy and asthma in the community as requested by the tribe. Dr. Fernando Martinez and Dr. Mary Kay O’Rourke stood as the panel that engaged in discussion with the community to address and questions and or concerns that they had regarding asthma. The goal of the REZ Café is to facilitate engaging conversation between community members and health and science professionals to address environmental health issues present in the community. We look forward to hosting future REZ Cafés with the tribe on different environmental health topics!

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INFORMATION WALKS

The most common modality is with Information Walks – where environmental health information is disseminated at various stations using interactive approaches. 

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COURSE OFFERINGS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

Outreach provides a variety of services for the purpose of professional development. Goals for these courses are to raise awareness of the connections between environmental quality and human health, to develop knowledge about specific environmental health issues, especially those of local interest, and to expand participant interest in environmental health research.

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RISK COMMUNICATION

COEC participates in community sponsored activities through the year. The Outreach Core supports community groups in a variety of ways, to provide up to date environmental health information and access to Southwest Environmental Health researchers for presentations, information, and to answer questions of concern to groups and individuals.

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