Living Near Busy Roads Infographic Receives Recognition

Living Near Busy Roads or Traffic PollutionThe Community Outreach and Engagement Team recently received recognition for the Living Near Busy Roads or Traffic Pollution infographic that was initially produced in 2014. The Transportation Research Board recognized the interactive infographic as part of an overall competition focused on communicating the link between transportation and public health.

The team received the recognition at the TRBs Annual Meeting in Washington DC on January 10, 2017. Read associated article published by NIEHS in the online newsletter Environmental Factor.

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Air pollution may lead to dementia in older women

USC-led study suggests that tiny, dirty airborne particles called PM2.5 invade the brain and wreak havoc

by Zen Vuong

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Tiny air pollution particles — the type that mainly comes from power plants and automobiles — may greatly increase the chance of dementia, including dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to USC-led research.

Scientists and engineers found that older women who live in places with fine particulate matter exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standard are 81 percent more at risk for global cognitive decline and 92 percent more likely to develop dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

Air pollution may lead to dementia in older women USC-led study suggests that tiny, dirty airborne particles called PM2.5 invade the brain and wreak havoc
(Animation/Meg Rosenburg)

If their findings hold up in the general population, air pollution could be responsible for about 21 percent of dementia cases, according to the study.

Link to research here.

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Children’s Health Study: New comprehensive report published

Researchers from the USC based Southern California Children’s Health Study have authored a comprehensive report published this week by the Health Effects Institute, The Effects of Policy-Driven Air Quality Improvements on Children’s Respiratory Health.

16 communities in the Children's Health Study
16 communities in the Children’s Health Study

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Children with asthma are more likely to become obese, USC study finds

Even after accounting for exercise, asthmatic children may be more at risk of obesity

by Zen Vuong

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New USC research finds that children with asthma were 51 percent more likely to become obese over the next decade compared to kids who did not have asthma.

“Early diagnosis and treatment of asthma may help prevent the childhood obesity epidemic,” said study senior author Frank Gilliland. (Photo/shutterstock)
“Early diagnosis and treatment of asthma may help prevent the childhood obesity epidemic,” said study senior author Frank Gilliland. (Photo/shutterstock)

The study, published on Jan. 20 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, also indicated that children who used asthma inhalers when they had an attack were 43 percent less likely to become obese. Continue reading “Children with asthma are more likely to become obese, USC study finds”

Training resources to build community capacity on goods movement & health

The Community Engagement Team of the USC Environmental Health Centers hosted a webinar on December 21, Training resources to build community capacity on goods movement & health. Speakers Carla Truax (USC), Eric Kirkendall (Diesel Health Project), and Ms. Margaret Gordon (West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project) highlighted workshops and presentation resources that organizations can use to train new members and students. These resources are all featured in the Moving Forward Network‘s online resource library.  During the webinar the speakers talked about their experience developing the materials for all audiences, and noted that the “guides and 101” documents are great for beginners, use an engaging education style, and many are also available in Spanish.

Resources can be found at the Moving Forward Network’s online library.

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Youth & Community Research Symposium

recognizing-environmental-leadership-flyerOn the evening of November 21, the USC Environmental Health Centers Community Outreach and Engagement Program hosted the Youth & Community Research Symposium at the Exposition Park District Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas in Los Angeles.

The 48 participants from community organizations who focus on environmental justice, environmental issues, and urban agriculture, and students from several universities around Southern California presented their work to make the event a very valuable experience. Continue reading “Youth & Community Research Symposium”

Students tour Port of Long Beach by boat

by Samantha Miyamoto

As an MPH intern at the Community Outreach and Education Program (COEP) in the USC Environmental Health Division, I jumped at the school-sponsored opportunity to tour the Port of Long Beach. On October 28th, our group of USC students, interns, faculty, staff, and members of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice’s Marina Pando Social Justice Research Collaborative boarded the Pacific Spirit and seated ourselves on the boat’s upper level. The day was clear, the waters calm, and at 11 AM, our instructive experience was underway.

Established in 1911, the 3,200-acre Port of Long Beach is the gateway to the goods movement, which is responsible for the transportation of over 1.15 billion tons of cargo, 1.4 million jobs, and $140 billion generated by “port-related trade”.1,2,3 As the boat hugged the shore heading towards the berthing areas, I was struck by how small I felt. It’s one thing to hear port statistics, and it’s another to see in person one single ship and its cargo towering into the skyline. It was a humbling experience indeed.

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