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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(5), 960; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15050960

Advice and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Citizen-Science Environmental Health Assessments

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National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, USA
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Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA
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Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, USA
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
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Received: 29 March 2018 / Revised: 2 May 2018 / Accepted: 9 May 2018 / Published: 11 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Achieving Environmental Health Equity: Great Expectations)
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Citizen science provides quantitative results to support environmental health assessments (EHAs), but standardized approaches do not currently exist to translate findings into actionable solutions. The emergence of low-cost portable sensor technologies and proliferation of publicly available datasets provides unparalleled access to supporting evidence; yet data collection, analysis, interpretation, visualization, and communication are subjective approaches that must be tailored to a decision-making audience capable of improving environmental health. A decade of collaborative efforts and two citizen science projects contributed to three lessons learned and a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that address the complexities of environmental health and interpersonal relations often encountered in citizen science EHAs. Each project followed a structured step-by-step process in order to compare and contrast methods and approaches. These lessons and FAQs provide advice to translate citizen science research into actionable solutions in the context of a diverse range of environmental health issues and local stakeholders. View Full-Text
Keywords: citizen science; environmental health assessment; decision analysis; local stakeholders; cumulative impacts; environmental justice citizen science; environmental health assessment; decision analysis; local stakeholders; cumulative impacts; environmental justice
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Barzyk, T.M.; Huang, H.; Williams, R.; Kaufman, A.; Essoka, J. Advice and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Citizen-Science Environmental Health Assessments. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 960.

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