Online Program

Crowdsourcing wastewater failures: Promotoras and youth use community mapping to advocate for improved wastewater management

Monday, November 4, 2013

Diana Ibrahim, BS, MPH(c), Office of Public Health Practice, Loma Linda, CA
Ryan Gene Gaia Sinclair, PhD, MPH, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Loma Linda, CA
Semran Kaur Mann, PhDc, MPH, CHES, School of Public Health, Office of Public Health Practice, Loma Linda Univeristy, Loma Linda, CA
Mobile home park communities in the Eastern Coachella Valley (ECV) of California face many environmental health challenges. Wastewater management problems go unreported for months because residents fear eviction, deportation, or loss of their job. In this program, we aim to alleviate these environmental hazards through applied crowdsourcing strategies while engaging community members. Through the community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach and collaboration, we developed, delivered and evaluated training curricula for both community health workers (CHW) and engaged youth. This project used a customized mapping application that youth and CHWs, also known as promotoras, load on their smart phones. Promotoras from representative mobile home parks were trained on crowdsourcing and wastewater management. Promotoras then assisted in tailoring the curricula in order to better engage and train young adult representatives from each of the major mobile home parks. The promotoras and young adults mapped their communities wastewater problems to report to the California Department of Water Resources who have a special bond set aside to address better wastewater management in the Coachella Valley. This study outlines the outcome and challenges of a volunteer-based, promotora-led intervention that relies on a novel mapping technology and volunteer effort.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Environmental health sciences
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Identify community engagement techniques. Describe crowd-sourcing and its relevance in public health policy and advocacy.

Keyword(s): Water Quality, Community-Based Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal investigator for many grants regarding water initiatives and have training experience on water quality issues for public health professionals. As a masters student in the public health department, I have developed programs for communities in mitigating water hazards and have worked with many communities locally.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.