Louisiana Vietnamase Community Impacted by Oil Spill

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LSU Resilience Symposium 2013
Daniel Nguyen
danielnguyen@mqvncdc.org

Response, Recovery, and Resilience to Oil Spills and Environmental Disasters: Engaging Experts and Communities

A Symposium and Workshop for Community Stakeholders, Researchers and Policymakers

Presentations from Jan. 29, 2013

More information on symposium: http://superfund.oregonstate.edu/LSUSymposium1.13

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Louisiana Vietnamase Community Impacted by Oil Spill

  1. 1. LSU Resilience Symposium 2013 Daniel Nguyen danielnguyen@mqvncdc.org
  2. 2. New Orleans East Overview ● ● ● ● ● ● 60% of Orleans landmass 21% of Population Lack of Food Access Lack of Healthcare Access High unemployment and poverty Lack of Transportation Access
  3. 3. Research Institution Community Organization Community
  4. 4. Community-Scientist Relations When asked who understood effects of oil spill: ● People in Community understand effects (76%) ● Scientists understand effects (36%) Interestingly, 84% of participants noted a partnership between scientists and community could address issues regarding the BP oil spill
  5. 5. Results of the 'Safe Shrimp' Study ● ● ● ● Samples of white shrimp were collected from specific, local harvest areas and from two local grocery stores in the fall of 2010 Each sample was analyzed for the presence and levels of >61 specific petroleum-related compounds, many found in Louisiana sweet crude oil Results are given in “parts per billion” and indicate almost no crude oil or other hydrocarbon compounds are present in the locally harvested samples Observed levels of total hydrocarbons were well below State and Federal consumption safety threshold levels
  6. 6. Next Steps ● ● Long term seafood study (NIEHS Grant) Apply model to other community environmental concerns ● ● ● ● Agricultural Concerns Soil Contamination Water Contamination Air Quality
  7. 7. Lessons Learned ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Language Access / Cultural Competency Effective Information Dissemination Work with Communities (CBPR) Fund local non-profits directly Hire Local Avoid 'Survey Fatigue' Give communities part-ownership of data

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