The COVID-19 pandemic compounded existing environmental and health injustices experienced by residents of agricultural and unincorporated communities like Knights Landing, so our interdisciplinary team working on the Knights Landing Environmental Health Project went to work right away with our dedicated promotora-researchers.
I was recently invited to speak to students in the GEO Environmental Science and Design Academy at Grant High School in Sacramento, California. An environmental activist I met through Sunrise Sacramento connected me to the program.
The GEO Academy is a series of environmental science classes for sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in environmental studies and includes coursework in environmental science, sustainable agriculture and land use and environmental design.
Each year the UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center's Community Engagement Core (CEC) puts on a training for pilot grantees to help scientists design community-based participatory research projects. The ultimate goal is to translate what researchers learn into meaningful policy that can improve the health and well being of community members at the local level.
Our COVID-19 Survey for Workers was designed for those working during the COVID-19 pandemic, were unemployed or are transitioned to working their job remotely. With the help of the California Domestic Workers Coalition, a version of this survey was created for home-based workers providing services like cleaning and caregiving. Both of our COVID-19 Surveys for Workers are closed.
This curriculum is a two-day workshop that walks researchers and community groups through the essential tenets of community participatory research. It covers everything from building equitable partnerships and understanding power dynamics, to leveraging university resources and more.
Jonathan K. London, PhD is an expert in participatory research, rural community development and community-engaged planning. He connects researchers to California’s rural communities by focusing on environmental justice issues.
Tanya Khemet Taiwo, PhD is co-director of the Community Engagement Core at the UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center. Dr. Khemet Taiwo is a newly minted PhD graduate in epidemiology from UC Davis, who studied how socioeconomic and psychological stress in moms-to-be affected the health of their babies.