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Environmental Justice, Community Based Participatory Research, Diesel Pollution, Transportation, Goods Movement

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Really helpful for anyone looking to make a case for truck route ordinance by using truck count and truck idling studies


Gonzalez PA, Minkler M, Garcia AP, Gordon M, Garzón C, Palaniappan M, Prakash S, Beveridge B. Community-based participatory research and policy advocacy to reduce diesel exposure in West Oakland, California. Am J Public Health. 2011 Dec;101 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):S166-75. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2010.196204. Epub 2011 May 6. PMID: 21551381; PMCID: PMC3222507.


We conducted a multimethod case study analysis of a community-based participatory research partnership in West Oakland, California, and its efforts to study and address the neighborhood’s disproportionate exposure to diesel air pollution. We employed 10 interviews with partners and policymakers, participant observation, and a review of documents. Results of the partnership’s truck count and truck idling studies suggested substantial exposure to diesel pollution and were used by the partners and their allies to make the case for a truck route ordinance. Despite weak enforcement, the partnership’s increased political visibility helped change the policy environment, with the community partner now heavily engaged in environmental decision-making on the local and regional levels. Finally, we discussed implications for research, policy, and practice. (Am J Public Health. 2011;101:S166–S175. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2010. 196204)


Priscilla A. Gonzalez, MPH, Meredith Minkler, DrPH, MPH, Analilia P. Garcia, MPH, Margaret Gordon, Catalina Garzo´n, MCP, Meena Palaniappan, MSc, Swati Prakash, MS, and Brian Beveridge

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