Environmental Health Literacy – Key to Unlocking a Safer Future (Part 1)

Health literacy has mostly focused on promoting understanding of how to navigate healthcare and self-manage one’s health conditions. To truly advance prevention, the relationship between the environment and health should also be made widely accessible — particularly within under-served communities.

Yes, “Place Matters,” But How Do We Move Forward?

The theme of the 2014 American Public Health Association meeting was “Healthography: How where you live affects your health and well-being.” Fresh from the conference, JSI’s Stewart Landers discusses how health equity across neighborhoods and geographic subdivisions can be achieved.

Spreading the word about community based participatory research for asthma reduction

Pediatric asthma affects an estimated 7.1 million children in the U.S. under the age of 18. In the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts, a largely immigrant Latino community, pediatric asthma affects more than 14% of school age children, primarily due to environmentally related health disparities. In a city like Lawrence, issues such as language, literacy, and culture present challenges to reaching and engaging families in environmental health education.

A lesson in holistic care: What I learned from working with transgender women and health providers in the LAC region

I have collaborated closely with transgender women and health providers in Latin America and the Caribbean to learn more about the needs of transgender populations and to train health workers to provide quality services. Working alongside transgender women on needs assessments, trainings for health providers, and in the development of a blueprint for comprehensive transgender … Continue reading “A lesson in holistic care: What I learned from working with transgender women and health providers in the LAC region”

JSI @ APHA 2013: Addressing social determinants of health in teen pregnancy prevention

This year’s APHA conference has provided me and my colleagues with an exciting opportunity to share our work in examining and addressing social determinants of health as they relate to teen pregnancy here in the United States.