Community-Based Participatory Research

Beti Thompson, Project Director
Gloria Coronado

This project investigates the multiple pathways that contribute to children's pesticide exposure in an agricultural community.

The research questions for this project were driven by our Community Advisory Board (CAB), which is deeply interested and involved in ongoing research on pesticides. The CAB is a model of community-based participatory research and ensures that all apsects of the research are conducted with integrity and in a timely manner.

You can download a poster to read more detailed information about this research.

Photo Red delicious apple on a tree in the Yakima Valley, WA—Doug Wilson, USDA.

Click here to download educational materials from For Healthy Kids!/¡Para Niños Saludables!, CHC's intervention group.

Specific Aims

To examine four main pathways of potential exposure to OP pesticides:

  • A take-home pathway resulting from pesticide residues on clothing, skin, and boots that accumulate as a result of working in fields;
  • A dietary pathway that emphasizes the intake of foods that may contain pesticides, such as fruits and vegetables;
  • An environmental pathway that includes proximity of family homes and play areas to spray or spray drift areas; and
  • A lifestyle pathway that includes practices used by adults to protect their children from pesticide exposures.
For more information about the work of the Community Intervention study, please see our Publications page or contact the study director, Dr. Beti Thompson.

You can also learn more about the impact of our work by downloading a copy of our report "Research into Action."