Nov 11, 2022: Partnering for Action: Cultivating Science and Justice

Seminar speaker, Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, wearing a navy blue v-neck top and gold hoop earrings

Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, MPA, PhD

University of Arizona

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Defined broadly, participatory approaches to research can challenge and change inequity and mistrust in science, particularly when the effort reflects the diversity of publics and does not reinforce existing inequities in science, environmental decision-making, and society. These efforts are transforming investigations, for example, through the development of new monitoring tools, co-production of data, and sharing of results.

In this presentation, Ramírez-Andreotta will describe participatory research methods to advance exposure science and communication strategies to visualize and translate environmental health research to action.  She will present co-generated environmental monitoring and exposure assessment data (e.g., arsenic and heavy metal concentrations in water, soil, locally grown food, dust) from community science projects.

Elements of participatory research for environmental health that effectively prompt structural change in environmental justice communities include: 1) having community members hold leadership roles, 2) designing the project with decision-makers and policy goals, and 3) sustaining partnerships and funding. Tactics for successfully sharing results to open the policy window include: 1) building transdisciplinary teams and datasets, 2) community-first reporting, 3) data standardization and interoperability among existing community generated and governmental datasets, and 4) ensuring data report-back products serve as boundary objects for use in multiple social spheres. Together, these efforts can inform how to sustain successful partnerships build capacity to then endure the unique set of challenges justice projects face when they strive for structural change, and help determine if and how community-level resiliencies may combat environmental health vulnerabilities.

About the Speaker: Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, M.P.A., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Public Health at the University of Arizona. Using an environmental justice framework and participatory research methods, she investigates exposure pathways and communication strategies to translate environmental health research to action and achieve structural change.

RECEPTION: Friday, November 11, 2022, 9:00-10:30 am Eastern

Wegner Gallery Room 2112, Grainger Hall (9 Circuit Dr, Durham, NC)

Please stop by to meet Dr. Ramírez-Andreotta for casual, impromptu conversations with her and our community.  No need to RSVP!

All are welcome. We’d love for as many people in our community to engage with Dr. Ramírez-Andreotta as possible

Breakfast items will be available while supplies last.

SEMINAR: Friday, November 11, 2022, 12:00-1:15 pm Eastern

Field Auditorium Room 1112, Grainger Hall (9 Circuit Dr, Durham, NC)

Masks are now optional for in-person attendees. Please stay home if you aren’t feeling well – you may attend via Zoom instead (see below).

Light lunch will be provided following the seminar for in-person attendees who submit a lunch request HERE by 10:00 am Eastern on November 8, 2022.

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This seminar is supported in part by the National Institute Of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under the Duke University Superfund Research Program (award P42ES010356), the Duke University Program in Environmental Health (award T32ES021432), and the Nicholas School of the Environment Building in Justice Initiative generously funded by the Duke OFA Faculty Seed Grant Program.  Seminar content is solely the responsibility of the speakers and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.