In partnership with local youth- justice center RYSE (Media, Arts and Communications Department, Dan Reilly), CERCH (Dr. Kim Harley, PI; Dr. Eric Coker and Mr. James Nolan, Study Managers) conducted air quality research in Richmond, California. Richmond is a community with high socio-economic vulnerabilities that is also greatly impacted by pollution from industrial facilities. The city contains several census tracts with among the highest asthma burdens in all of California. Research was conducted using Ogawa passive air samplers, to monitor NO2 and SO2 and point in time monitoring for noise pollution. CERCH has been collaborating with 5 youth researchers, leading them in developing environmental health literacy, professional skills, and college preparedness. Through trainings, youth researchers gained the skills to conduct research and interpret their findings.
Youth researchers engaged in developing a photovoice project that they converted into a “zine”, aimed at communicating community assets and challenges and sharing study results. They are currently collaborating with our researchers to write a scientific paper on their study findings. This program was funded by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).
- Work on this project helped build the foundations for a NEW study focused on indoor air pollution, gas stoves and asthma symptoms in Richmond and the larger community!
- New Research Paper: “Freedom to Breathe”: Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) to Investigate Air Pollution Inequities in Richmond, CA
- Read a more detailed overview of the Richmond Youth Council here!
(Photo Credit: Yahna Williamson)
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