Community-based approaches to reducing health inequities and fostering environmental justice through global youth-engaged citizen science

King, Abby C. and Odunitan-Wayas, Feyisayo A. and Chaudhury, Moushumi and Rubio, Maria Alejandra and Baiocchi, Michael and Kolbe-Alexander, Tracy ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5025-3204 and Montes, Felipe and Banchoff, Ann and Sarmiento, Olga Lucia and Balter, Katarina and Hinckson, Erica and Chastin, Sebastien and Lambert, Estelle V. and Gonzalez, Silvia A. and Guerra, Ana Maria and Gelius, Peter and Zha, Caroline and Chethan, Sarabu and Kakar, Pooja A. and Fernes, Praveena and Rosas, Lisa G. and Winter, Sandra J. and McClain, Elizabeth and Gardiner, Paul A. (2021) Community-based approaches to reducing health inequities and fostering environmental justice through global youth-engaged citizen science. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (3):892. pp. 1-29.

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Abstract

Growing socioeconomic and structural disparities within and between nations have created unprecedented health inequities that have been felt most keenly among the world’s youth. While policy approaches can help to mitigate such inequities, they are often challenging to enact in under-resourced and marginalized communities. Community-engaged participatory action research provides an alternative or complementary means for addressing the physical and social environmental contexts that can impact health inequities. The purpose of this article is to describe the application of a particular form of technology-enabled participatory action research, called the Our Voice citizen science research model, with youth. An overview of 20 Our Voice studies occurring across five continents indicates that youth and young adults from varied backgrounds and with interests in diverse issues affecting their communities can participate successfully in multiple contributory research processes, including those representing the full scientific endeavor. These activities can, in turn, lead to changes in physical and social environments of relevance to health, wellbeing, and, at times, climate stabilization. The article ends with future directions for the advancement of this type
of community-engaged citizen science among young people across the socioeconomic spectrum.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Copyright: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2021 00:21
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2021 05:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: health inequities; community-based; citizen science; participatory research; youth; health promotion; health equity; digital health; built environment; environmental justice
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420603 Health promotion
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420606 Social determinants of health
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200499 Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18030892
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41685

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