Date of Graduation

Summer 8-7-2020

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Lee-Nah Hsu

Abstract

Social inequalities are riddled with health disparities and outcomes leading toward lower life expectancy. Communities of color, low income, and rural neighborhoods lack the voice and resources to effectively oppose industrial settlement which would likely lead to the release of toxic wastes into the water, air and ground ultimately affecting residential health. Empowering members through community engagement is a relatively new strategic process where researchers are finding mutual benefits in design, implementation, and results. This study aims to identify and promote tools for community engagement within the scope of environmental justice by working with EPA geospatial screening tools and designing a tutorial emphasizing basic usage for a generalized audience. The user-based tutorial provides rationale on why and how to use four screening tools in its most basic form to stimulate awareness, accessibility, and availability for public use. The process of developing the tutorial involves a comparative analysis utilizing secondary qualitative and quantitative data from the EPA screening tools measuring overall usability defined by three categories: user-friendly layout, data literacy, and internal navigation support. The data is then conceptualized into a descriptive PowerPoint to provide the platform for the tutorial utilizing software techniques to enhance learning experience through creative engagement and provide introduction into investigative environmental justice.

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