Training resources to build community capacity on goods movement and health – webinar on MFN Library resources

On December 21, the University of Southern California held a webinar “Training resources to build community capacity on goods movement and health,” which highlighted the resources available in the Moving Forward Network library and how they can be used.  A recording of the webinar can be found here.

Speakers Carla Truax of the University of Southern California,  Eric Kirkendall of the Diesel Health Project, and Ms. Margaret Gordon of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project talked about workshops and presentation resources that organizations can use to train new members and students. They discussed their experiences developing the materials for varied audiences, and noted that the “guides and 101” documents are great for beginners, use an engaging education style, and often are available in both English and Spanish.

mfn-library-screenshotThe Moving Forward Network Library features hundreds of useful documents, including the Air Pollution 101 training course, the Curriculum Guide for Freight Transport Justice, the Goods Movement 101 three-part course, the Speakers Kit on Goods Movement, policy briefs, reference collections and infographics on health studies, and  national Environmental Justice and Global Trade Impact reports.

Topics covered in the webinar included how to locate occupational health resources, warehouse worker studies, and other useful resources, such as information on refineries, hazardous materials, and schools.  Participants commented on the importance of “Reducing Air Emissions Associated With Goods Movement: Working Towards Environmental Justice” by the EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) committee to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, also available in the MFN Library. There was also discussion about continuing the online meetings and hosting a calendar of events on the MFN Web site.

To learn more, view the recording of the webinar and check out the resources available in the MFN Library.

Moving Forward Network partners – please share your public materials in the library by emailing them to library@movingforwardnetwork.com.

Thanks to the Moving Forward Network partners and webinar host USC Environmental Health Community Engagement Team for this excellent session!

100+ EJ activists & others learn about Communicating Research on Diesel and Your Health.

On Friday, the USC Community Outreach and Engagement Program hosted a wonderful webinar “Communicating Research on Diesel and Your Health” on behalf of the Moving Forward Network  – the first of a new Research in Action series.

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The webinar was a great learning experience and lots of fun.  We heard very useful communications tips from the program’s outreach coordinator Carla Truax, got great guidance on creating infographics from Wendy Gutschow, project coordinator, and learned about conducting community research on diesel exhaust from Dr. Sheryl Magzamen, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Colorado State University.

Major takeways for me were Carla Truax’s excellent and very practical health communications principles, Wendy Gutschow’s tool tips and guidance on creating infographics, and valuable insight from Sheryl Magzamen on conducting community research and her “Diesel 101” presentation.

Presentations were followed by a very spirited and informative question and answer session.

To learn more about the webinar and view the presentations, check out the USC blog post, Webinar on Research Communication. Don’t forget to subscribe to their emails to get advance notice on future webinars!