Community Mapping of Environmental Hazards and Barriers in an Immigrant Population

Principal Investigator:
Peggy Reynolds, Ph.D., Thu Quach, Ph.D., Scarlett Lin Gomez, Ph.D.
Linda Okahara and Julia Liou, M.P.H. (Asian Health Services)
Funding Source:
National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences
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Vietnamese immigrant workers, who represent the majority of California’s nail salon industry work force have high-profile concerns about their environmental health risks.  Their concerns include heavy exposure to the toxic compounds in hair and nail care products in beauty salons, as well as other indoor and outdoor air pollution. This project brings together researchers and members of the Vietnamese nail salon worker community to produce a collaboratively developed profile of neighborhood environmental hazards and barriers to health care access.  With that as a starting point, we will conduct an equal partnership community mapping project, bringing expertise in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) tools together with the knowledge and perceptions of the community partner. This partnership will provide greater insights into factors associated with the increasingly adverse health experience of Vietnamese immigrants in the US, as well as provide an opportunity to empower community members to better illustrate and articulate their concerns to the health care establishment and local government. 

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