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Your Environment. Your Health.

Engaging Youth in Environmental Public Health

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)

September 7, 2018

Teenagers sitting on a rock

Increasingly our society is faced with complex environmental and social challenges that have potential health effects. Inspiring our youth to consider those connections in formal and informal educational settings can have positive outcomes for students, teachers, and the wider community. Well-organized programs can strengthen the environmental health literacy of students, motivate them to pursue careers in science, or inspire them to take on leadership roles to inform local decisions benefiting public health. This webinar featured two projects that work with youth to address real-world environmental health issues. Participants heard from both the academic partners and some of the youth participants, who shared the benefits and challenges of these projects.



Dana Haine, M.S.

Dana Haine, M.S., is the K-12 Science Education Manager for the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also assists with the outreach and research translation efforts of the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility. Her research translation and curriculum development skills enable her to deliver cutting-edge environmental science content and innovative activities to K-12 teachers, students, and informal educators. Dana co-founded and served as program director for UNC’s Climate Leadership and Energy Awareness Program (Climate LEAP), a year-long science enrichment program that engaged 270 high school students from 2009 - 2017.

Grace Baucom

Grace Baucom is a freshman at North Carolina State University, planning to double major in extension education along with agroecology and sustainable food systems. She is a 2018 graduate of Middle College High School at Durham Technical Community College, where she received an associate in science degree in addition to her high school diploma. She was a participant in the 2017 Climate LEAP Program in which she created a short documentary focused on the impacts of global warming on small, sustainable farmers in the North Carolina Piedmont region.

James Nolan, M.P.H.

James Nolan, M.P.H., is the community outreach coordinator at the University of California, Berkley’s Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health. He focuses on engaging youth and community members in exploring how determinants of health and structural violence overlap to influence environmental justice, with an emphasis on harnessing local assets through community-based participatory research. He leads the CHAMACOS Youth Council and the Richmond Youth Council and coordinates community outreach projects, including trainings, presentations, workshops, website development, and multimedia, including a Spanish radionovela series, photovoice, murals, and zines.

Daisy Gallardo currently attends UC Berkeley and intends to major in political science and economics. She has a strong interest in environmental health and likes learning about ways to benefit marginalized communities. She has been part of the CHAMACOS Youth Council since 2016 and was able to serve as a team lead.

Giselle Lazaro

Giselle Lazaro will be attending UC Davis this fall and plans to major in Chicano/a studies. Her accomplishments include working with the Chamacos of Salinas Evaluating Chemicals in Homes & Agriculture (COSECHA) study over three years, painting a mural for her community over the summer of 2018, and being a first-generation college student. Her interests include painting, playing and listening to music, riding her bike, and reading Pablo Neruda’s poetry.

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