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.


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!

Reductions in air pollution improve children’s respiratory health

Yesterday we reported that a New study shows diesel exhaust air pollution lower than EPA standards damages children’s lungs.

Today we are pleased to cover new research from MFN members Environmental Health Centers at the University of Southern California that shows that reductions in air pollution in Southern California have improved children’s respiratory health.

The research, building on the USC Children’s Health Study, followed over 4.600 children in eight Southern California communities across three different time periods from 1993-2012. In addition to monitoring air quality, they also looked at children with and without asthma, and whether they reported respiratory symptoms.

Along with significant improvements in air pollution levels, the authors found a decrease in reported respiratory symptoms in children both with and without asthma. Respiratory symptoms decreased by 32 percent in children with asthma and 21 percent in children without.

The research was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Researchers were Kiros Berhane, PhD; Chih-Chieh Chang, PhD; RobMcConnell, MD;W. James Gauderman, PhD; Edward Avol, MS; Ed Rapapport, MPH; Robert Urman, PhD; Fred Lurmann, MS; and Frank Gilliland, MD, Ph

For more information, review the USC blog post on the research.

New Research published from the CHS: Less pollution = improvement in children’s respiratory health, USC Environmental Health Centers