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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Position Announcement: Environmental Public Health Community Outreach and Engagement

The Community Outreach and Engagement Program announces the following position:
Program Specialist – Environmental Public Health Community Engagement

The Program Specialist is responsible for implementing community engagement and research translation related to public and environmental health for the Community Outreach and Engagement Program in the Division of Environmental Health at USC.  Continue reading “Position Announcement: Environmental Public Health Community Outreach and Engagement”

Welcome to our new website

The Environmental Health Centers at USC blog for news and events of the Centers has been upgraded to this new website. We are excited to be at this location which will make the visitor experience more enjoyable. If you have subscribed to our blog posts in the past, your subscription will remain.

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USC and partner institutions awarded $6 million children’s environmental health grant from NIH

Research to look at prenatal and early life environmental influences on lifetime health related to asthma and obesity

Staff Report

Media Coverage: Press Enterprise, Daily News, The Washington Times, Redding.com, Daily Breeze, Pasadena Star News

LOS ANGELES – September 21, 2016 – Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have been awarded a 2 year $6 million grant, as the first phase of a large seven-year National Institutes of Health, Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) initiative involving more than 30 research entities. The USC based research team will investigate health issues related to asthma and obesity. Continue reading “USC and partner institutions awarded $6 million children’s environmental health grant from NIH”

Webinar on Research Communication

The USC Community Outreach and Engagement Program hosted a webinar today, “Communicating Research on Diesel and Your Health.” This webinar is the first in the Research in Action series being developed by the team. Over 100 participants joined the webinar to discuss the topic from the Moving Forward Network and the network on Partnerships for Environmental Public Health. This included community, public health, government, academic and research, air agency, legal, healthcare, and environmental justice organizations. The team looks forward to receiving suggestions on future webinar topics, to continue the discussions between research and community audiences.

View the diesel infographic here.

All the infographics that the Community Outreach and Engagement Program has developed can be found here on this website. 

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SCEHSC Seminar Series: “Linking Exposure and Translational Science: A Community-Engaged Project near a Legacy Mine”

The SCEHSC Seminar Series presents
“Linking Exposure and Translational Science: A Community-Engaged Project near a Legacy Mine”
Paloma Beamer, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Arizona
College of Public Health, Community, Environment, and Policy Department
Friday, October 7, 2016
11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Soto Street I Building, Room 116
2001 North Soto Street
Los Angeles, CA 90032
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Intern Perspective: High school student impacted by local environmental justice issues

This summer the Community Outreach and Engagement team had the pleasure of hosting interns ranging from high school to masters level students. Maggie Shi, a high school senior from Yorba Linda, CA spend two months with us doing a variety of projects. A quick learner with a skill set that enabled her to tackle any assignment given to her, Maggie contributed in a variety of ways to the work that the Community Outreach staff and college interns did over the summer. At the end of her time with us, Maggie provided the following reflections on her experience.

I remember sitting at my desk on the first day of my internship, feeling excited, nervous, and a little out of place. As I looked around at all these unfamiliar faces around me, it dawned upon me that USC’s Division of Environmental Health probably didn’t take in many high school interns, and all the other college interns seemed much more knowledgeable and experienced than I was. Nevertheless, I knew how fortunate I was to be here, and I was still extremely excited. Thankfully, throughout the first few weeks, I was met with an incredible amount of support and enthusiasm from both my fellow interns and other employees in the office, and I quickly settled in. Continue reading “Intern Perspective: High school student impacted by local environmental justice issues”