Outreach focuses on American Indian communities and high school students. There are also projects that address the environmental health concerns of the general public and student pharmacists, who provide outreach to elementary students and their teachers.
The goal of community outreach and engagement is to help American Indian communities address their environmental issues, especially those tied into the research themes of SWEHSC. New partnerships are welcome.
Current partnerships are with the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. In the past the outreach core has partnerd with the Department of Environmental Quality at the Gila River Indian Community, with their EPA funded Community Action for a Renewed Environment project.
The inaugural edition of Indigenous Stewards features the work of native students who took their idea of what environmental health meant to them and then created a photo, essay, drawing, short story or poem. SWEHSC is again hosting a contest for Volume 2.
The University of Arizona Agnese Nelms Haury Grant
For the Fall of 2016 we have been awarded funding by the University of Arizona Agnese Nelms Haury program. The grant will sponsor two more volumes of Indigenous Stewards and will provide funding for two more Tribal Forums.
Native American Science and Engineering Program
Some Principles of Developing Tribal Partnerships for Environmental Health Research
* Another important concept to consider is funding a Native Research Committee appointed by the local community to oversee the study. This group can help investigators through the cultural differences and help them make good connections with the leadership in the community.
* When the study is finished, researchers should report their findings to this committee and the community in a non-technical summary.
The SWEHSC has a strong committment to assisting Tribal communiities in their interest in science and concern for the health of their people and their environments. The Native perspective about science and the enviornment is incorporated into such projects. The committment extends to promoting the importance of including community members and leaders in the design of the research, obtaining the data and in disseminating the results. The SWEHSC is also committed to providing community education, opportunities for Native children to be trained and to have an opportunity to be able to serve their own community.
Lindsey’s professional and personal experiences with Native Americans give her a special insight. She is married to a Cherokee and lived on the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona for six years. She earned a master’s degree in education, completing her thesis, A Constructivist Study of Developing Curriculum to Teach Internet Information Literacy to Navajo High School Students, and studied retension of American Indian graduate students while competing her master's degree in Information Resources and Library Science.
Professional Development Offerings
Outreach provides a variety of services for the purpose of professional development. Goals for these courses are:
As such they increase the knowledge and understanding about environmental health among secondary school teachers, nurses, pharmacy students, and environmental quality professionals.
PCOL 819: Health Literacy: Service Learning
Laboratory courses must maintain a minimum of 45 contact hours per unit of credit. http://catalog.arizona.edu/2004-05/poli
- Advisor, concerning community outreach, to the Joint Air Toxics Assessment Project (JATAP), which monitors air quality in South Phoenix and several American Indian communities in the Phoenix valley.
- Information Walks at community events
- Presentations to small and large community meetings
Unified Community Action Board of the Tucson Superfund Site
The outreach director has been a member of the Unified Community Action Board of the TCE Superfund Cleanup site in Tucson for several years.
- The COEC supported them in their desire to teach local high school students about the TCE (trichloroethylene) contamination and cleanup with an interdisciplinary curriculum http://coep.pharmacy.arizona.edu/tce/index.html
- Set up opportunities for UCAB members, Possible Responsible Parties and EPA officials to speak to classes and groups of students and teachers.
- Held a TCE Symposium for Sunnyside Unified School District teachers and administratiors in January 2011.
- SWEHSC investigators and outreach core will provide education to support the need for a new plant to remove 1,4-dioxane from city water. RFG1 members will asist with presentations and materials development. To read more about the new plant click here
The most common modality is with Information Walks – where environmental health information is disseminated at various stations using interactive approaches. Other walks teach
The Asthma and Allergies Information Walk
- Information to develop an information walk is located at http://coep.pharmacy.arizona.edu/hope2/aa_hops.html, the goal of this activity is to promote sciencelearning, to young people and to the general public, using a stations approach.
- Used to teach about asthma and allergies at the University of Arizona Saturday Academy in 2005
- Was presented by students of Catalina Health Magnet High School to over 1000 students at the annual Health Fair of their school in 2006.
- It has been used at the Gila River Indian Community and at the Tribal Youth Conference for several years.
The Greater Community
- At Tucson’s citywide FunFest the COEC reaches 250 students and adults each year using an educational and entertaining activity, Lemons and Onions, based on ToxRAP. http://coep.pharmacy.arizona.edu/curriculum/lemons_onions/index.html.
- The Asthma and Allergies Museum Walk was also presented to the public in May of 2006 at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.