Exposure to toxic chemicals from waste and waste management activities can create health risks for communities, but you can take steps to reduce or stop most of these risks. The first step is to know how to identify a risk. The second step is to understand how the risks can be stopped. The third step is to know how to prioritize which risks that you should work on first. This course is specifically designed for participants in rural Alaska and will focus on rural Alaska scenarios. Participants will learn how to identify the waste practices and community conditions that have the potential for negative health impacts. Participants will also learn the Exposure Pathway Method to design a way to reduce or stop the risks that pose the highest concern for their community's health. Training in the Exposure Pathway Method can be applied to multiple environmental health risks in the community. This course will be limited to a small group of participants to ensure time for discussion and activities.
Participants in this course will learn how to:
• Define an exposure pathway
• Identify solid waste exposure pathways in their communities
• Identify ways to break these pathways and stop or reduce the health risks
• Prioritize the pathways to work on first
• Apply these concepts in your community
Participants will also have the opportunity to share input on their needs pertaining to conducting community outreach, which will inform future training efforts.
The course will be taught by Dr. Lynn Zender, Simone Sebalo and Sean Peterson of Zender Environmental Research Group.
This training is funded by EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery and organized by the EPA Tribal Waste program with support from Booz Allen Hamilton.
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**NOTE** you must attend all three sessions. This is a two-part course with a required 15-minute tech check on Tuesday and two 2.5 hour sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.