MCVD: Environmental Justice and Neighborhood Schools in Chicago, Illinois: Part 2.
reportposted on 2021-07-16, 21:06 authored by Michael CailasMichael Cailas
The UIC School of Public Health (UIC-SPH) Emergency Management and Resiliency Planning (EMRP) program is presenting a series of Midwest Comprehensive Visualization Dashboards (MCVD) focusing on environmental health and justice (EJ) issues in this region. The first dashboard and the background study (MCVD EJ.1) identified that Chicago's toxic release inventory (TRI) reporting facilities are likely to be concentrated near neighborhood public schools in communities with a predominantly Latinx student population. In this current dashboard, a comprehensive assessment of potential exposure sources is performed at a 1-mile radius from schools. The public-school children are selected as a primary exposure population unit due to their vulnerability. Because of the public health importance of this issue, a new design approach has been adopted for this dashboard. This approach relies on a community-based participatory research (CBPR) model to develop representations of data and findings that community members and policymakers can understand and use.