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A Scoping Review of Capacity-Building Efforts to Address Environmental Justice Concerns

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Department of Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences, Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
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Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
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Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
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Environmental and Health Sciences Program, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA 30314, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(11), 3765; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17113765
Received: 1 April 2020 / Revised: 13 May 2020 / Accepted: 20 May 2020 / Published: 26 May 2020
Environmental justice (EJ) efforts aimed at capacity building are essential to addressing environmental health disparities; however, limited attention has been given to describing these efforts. This study reports findings from a scoping review of community–academic partnerships and community-led efforts to address environmental inequities related to air, water, and land pollution in the United States. Literature published in peer-reviewed journals from January 1986 through March 2018 were included, and community capacity theory was applied as a framework for understanding the scope of capacity-building and community change strategies to address EJ concerns. Paired teams of independent analysts conducted a search for relevant articles (n = 8452 citations identified), filtered records for content abstraction and possible inclusion (n = 163) and characterized selected studies (n = 58). Most articles implemented activities that were aligned with community capacity dimensions of citizen participation (96.4%, n = 53), community power (78%, n = 45), leadership (78%, n = 45), and networks (81%, n = 47); few articles identified a direct policy change (22%, n = 13), and many articles discussed the policy implications of findings for future work (62%, n = 36). This review synthesizes three decades of efforts to reduce environmental inequities and identifies strategic approaches used for strengthening community capacity. View Full-Text
Keywords: community capacity; environmental justice; community organizing; mobilization; social justice; advocacy community capacity; environmental justice; community organizing; mobilization; social justice; advocacy
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Williamson, D.H.Z.; Yu, E.X.; Hunter, C.M.; Kaufman, J.A.; Komro, K.; Jelks, N.O.; Johnson, D.A.; Gribble, M.O.; Kegler, M.C. A Scoping Review of Capacity-Building Efforts to Address Environmental Justice Concerns. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3765. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17113765

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Williamson DHZ, Yu EX, Hunter CM, Kaufman JA, Komro K, Jelks NO, Johnson DA, Gribble MO, Kegler MC. A Scoping Review of Capacity-Building Efforts to Address Environmental Justice Concerns. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(11):3765. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17113765

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Williamson, Dana H. Z., Emma X. Yu, Candis M. Hunter, John A. Kaufman, Kelli Komro, Na’Taki Osborne Jelks, Dayna A. Johnson, Matthew O. Gribble, and Michelle C. Kegler. 2020. "A Scoping Review of Capacity-Building Efforts to Address Environmental Justice Concerns" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 11: 3765. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17113765

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