Engaging a Chemical Disaster Community: Lessons from Graniteville

dc.contributor.authorAbara, Winston
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Sacoby
dc.contributor.authorVena, John
dc.contributor.authorSanders, Louisiana
dc.contributor.authorBevington, Tina
dc.contributor.authorCulley, Joan M.
dc.contributor.authorAnnang, Lucy
dc.contributor.authorDalemarre, Laura
dc.contributor.authorSvendsen, Erik
dc.date.accessioned2024-01-23T19:15:42Z
dc.date.available2024-01-23T19:15:42Z
dc.date.issued2014-05-27
dc.description.abstractCommunity engagement remains a primary objective of public health practice. While this approach has been adopted with success in response to many community health issues, it is rarely adopted in chemical disaster response. Empirical research suggests that management of chemical disasters focuses on the emergency response with almost no community engagement for long-term recovery. Graniteville, an unincorporated and medically underserved community in South Carolina was the site of one of the largest chlorine exposures by a general US population. Following the immediate response, we sought community participation and partnered with community stakeholders and representatives in order to address community-identified health and environmental concerns. Subsequently, we engaged the community through regular town hall meetings, harnessing community capacity, forming coalitions with existing local assets like churches, schools, health centers, and businesses, and hosting community-wide events like health picnics and screenings. Information obtained from these events through discussions, interviews, and surveys facilitated focused public health service which eventually transitioned to community-driven public health research. Specific outcomes of the community engagement efforts and steps taken to ensure sustainability of these efforts and outcomes will be discussed.
dc.description.urihttps://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph110605684
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/dspace/1kcx-axsg
dc.identifier.citationAbara, W.; Wilson, S.; Vena, J.; Sanders, L.; Bevington, T.; Culley, J.M.; Annang, L.; Dalemarre, L.; Svendsen, E. Engaging a Chemical Disaster Community: Lessons from Graniteville. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 5684-5697.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/31596
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherMDPI
dc.relation.isAvailableAtSchool of Public Health
dc.relation.isAvailableAtMaryland Institute of Applied Environmental Health
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Maryland
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md)
dc.subjectcommunity engagement
dc.subjectcommunity health partnerships
dc.subjectchemical disasters
dc.subjectcommunity-based participatory service
dc.subjectcommunity-based participatory research
dc.subjectenvironmental health
dc.subjectsustainability
dc.titleEngaging a Chemical Disaster Community: Lessons from Graniteville
dc.typeArticle
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