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Your Environment. Your Health.

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

September 22-24, 2014


The 2014 PEPH meeting focused 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.

Meeting Report

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


  • 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.

Electronic Meeting Booklet


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