November 4, 2019

APHA Conference


Elizabeth Noth, PhD, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, Angie Kim, Amherst College, Amherst, PA, Suhye Park, Brown University, Providence, RI, Wonkyung Bae, Riverside High School, Leesburg, VA and Lawrence Kang

ABSTRACT: Existing scientific research suggests a correlation between socioeconomic factors and air pollution, but has also called for further research due to inconsistencies in emerging patterns. This study takes on a more local perspective by focusing on the two specific cities of Richmond, CA and Berkeley, CA. This study investigated two air pollutants, carbon monoxide (CO) and PM2.5 (particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less), in Berkeley and Richmond California[J1] to compare the impact of different socioeconomic status. These communities were selected based on sociodemographic, historical, and environmental exposure data. Although both cities are within the San Francisco Bay Area in California, they are characterized by contrasting socioeconomic attributes. In terms of collection, air pollution data was gathered manually, by carrying PATS+ (Particle and Temperature Sensors) monitors while walking in each city. These predetermined routes were designed to cover a variety of micro-environments (residential areas, non-residential (commercial) areas, intersections, non-intersections, etc.,) allowing us to compare the air pollution data at the microenvironment level within and between cities. Our results showed an insignificant difference in CO levels between Richmond and Berkeley and a higher average level of PM2.5 in Richmond. The highest PM2.5 levels in Richmond were in non-residential areas while Berkeley non-residential areas exhibited the highest CO levels. These air pollution differences correspond to our initial hypothesis, however, not to the degree that was expected. Although the difference in pollution levels was not substantial, this may be one of many cases pertaining to environmental injustice. Considering the socioeconomic gap and difference in exposure to air pollution between Berkeley and Richmond, it is important to note that air pollution is an increasing public health concern for communities facing socioeconomic challenges.

People, Power and Policy: As shared by Flint Residents in the aftermath of the Flint Water Crisis: Kent Key, PhD1, Karen Calhoun, MA2, E. Yvonne Lewis, BS BBA3, Sarah Bailey,PhD,MA4, Susan Woolford, MD, MPH5, Jennifer Carrera,PhD6, E.Hill DeLoney,MSW7,Courtney Cuthbertson, Ph.D.8, Patricia Piechowski-Whitney, MPH, LLMSW, MA5, Kaneesha Wallace, MBA5, DeWaun Robinson9, Athena McKay,MSA10, Luther Evans11, Joseph Hamm, PhD6, Ella Greene-Moton12, Kathleen Lawrence, MPH10 and Donald Vereen Jr., M.D., M.P.H.13, (1)Michigan State University

Risk of infant mortality in association with high ambient temperatures in Philadelphia, PA:  A case-crossover analysis: Leah Schinasi, PhD, MSPH, Anneclaire De Roos, PhD, Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Steven Melly, Kari Moore and Yuzhe Zhao, Drexel University

3351.0: Evaluation of Smoke-Free Law and community-level barriers to decreasing environmental tobacco smoke in Indonesia: Alexandria Sarkar, BS., MD./MPH. Candidate1, Tomoyuki Shibata, Ph.D., M.Sc.2, Nadiah Nurul Fadilah Ibrahim, S.Ked3, Musyarrafah Hamdani, BS.,MPH.4, Hudrianai Jamal,SKM.,M.Kes.3 and Andrianasty Preputri, SKM.,M.Kes.3,(1)University  of Miami,(2)Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, (3)Hasanuddin University, Makassar (4)Hasanuddin Center for Tobacco Control and NCD Prevention, Makassar, Indonesia

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