IS A HEALTH STUDY THE ANSWER FOR YOUR COMMUNITY?
A GUIDE FOR MAKING INFORMED DECISIONS
For decades, environmental health scientists at Boston University have worked with community groups to address environmental health problems. We wrote the Health Studies Guide to assist community groups and individuals who think that some form of environmental health investigation or health study may be useful or necessary in their community. Readers of this guide may have concerns about drinking water contamination, or the relationship between emissions from a power plant and asthma in their community. People may suspect that a certain disease in their community, such as lupus, has an environmental cause or trigger. All of these are reasons for wanting a health study. Hopefully this Guide will help readers think this through.
The Guide was written by:
Madeleine Kangsen Scammell a and Gregory J Howard b
with contributions from:
Jennifer Ames a, Dick Clapp a, Stephen Lester c, Nancy Irwin Maxwell, Nancy Myers, David Ozonoff a, Gregory Pattsa, Susan Santos, Alyssa Schuren d, Heather Simpson a, Leslie Somos a
a Department of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston MA, b Department of Environmental Studies, Dickinson College, Carlisle PA, c Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, Falls Church VA, d Toxics Action Center, Boston MA
And prepared in collaboration with:
Center for Health, Environment, and Justice
Toxics Action Center
Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility
Haverhill Environmental League
Science and Environmental Health Network
Statistics for Action at TERC
Funding provided by
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIEHS, NIH grant numbers 5 R25 ES12084 and 5 P42 ES007381
This Guide is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.