Prioritizing Local Action for Climate Equity (PLACE Study)

Community-driven approaches for Environmental Justice and Health in the Face of the Climate Crisis: Prioritizing Local Action for Climate Equity (PLACE Study)

Our goal is to empower marginalized communities in building a more climate resilient Los Angeles through community-academic partnerships, climate justice advocacy, neighborhood-level assessments, and a community climate health action plan. We will use participatory strategies to address climate equity and build community power by increasing knowledge, promoting local solutions, and improving climate change research dissemination.

Here are our 5 aims:

1. Educate and empower communities through collaborative research, partnerships, and interactive learning materials on climate change, extreme heat, resilience, and health.

2. Understand how residents perceive risks, adopt protective behaviors, and experience health impacts during climate emergencies.

3. Assess neighborhood vulnerability to climate change using innovative spatial methods that analyze extreme heat, temperature variations, and air pollution patterns using remote sensing data.

4. Expand community air monitoring in climate justice neighborhoods to collect detailed temperature data and share this information through the web platforms, interactive maps, text alerts, and social media.

5. Evaluate the effectiveness of community workshops to shift knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding public health protection, using surveys and interviews.

Heat Resources

ENG Heat Waves and Poor Air Quality by EH
SPAN Heat Waves and Poor Air Quality by EH

This research was, in part, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Agreement OT2HL158287. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the NIH.”