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Your Environment. Your Health.

PEPH Annual Meeting: Communication Research in Environmental Health Sciences – Environmental Health Literacy

September 22-24, 2014
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Research Triangle Park, NC


This year we are focusing the PEPH meeting on Environmental Health Literacy (EHL). We chose this topic to capitalize on the fact that EHL is coalescing as a distinct field within health education and risk communication, and is a term that researchers and federal agencies are increasingly using to denote literacy initiatives related to environmental health sciences research. The process of becoming environmentally health literate entails raising scientific and environmental literacy and numeracy among the general public while increasing awareness of specific exposures and their potential health effects. While NIEHS programs have supported the development of risk communication strategies, environmental health messages, and informational materials, little has been done to examine their impact on EHL or to understand the elements of successful environmental health messages. As a new field, methods to raise EHL are in development; therefore, attention to the evaluation of these approaches and validation of their effectiveness is needed.


  • Underscore the importance of communication research to environmental health sciences;
  • Identify the parameters of environmental health literacy;
  • Highlight successful projects and approaches that are relevant to EHL;
  • Garner input from those with expertise in the various fields that comprise Communications Research in the Environmental Health Sciences to examine next steps to advance EHL;
  • Identify research opportunities, evaluation and validation tools, and partners; and
  • Further NIEHS' commitment to communication research outlined in Goal 11 of the NIEHS Strategic Plan.

Meeting Report

Check out the meeting report (603KB) for a summary of the topics and themes discussed.

Electronic Meeting Booklet

We invite you to download or print the following items for the meeting. Only the Agenda, Speaker Bios, Poster List, and Participant List will be included in the meeting folder.

Social Media

The PEPH Annual Meeting is on Twitter! If you use Twitter, we encourage you to insert the hashtag #EHL2014 into your Tweets so people can follow your questions and comments about the meeting. Post your thoughts in real time, start conversations with other attendees, and (if you are participating via Watch Party) submit questions remotely. We have registered #EHL2014 with Symplur, a website that tracks health-related social media, so you, too, can track the hashtag's activity.

If you are not part of Twitter, now is a great time to start and to get connected with your colleagues who are Tweeting about the issues that matter to you. And don't forget to follow PEPH!

Meeting Agenda

The meeting agenda is now available: Meeting Agenda (877KB)


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