UW SRP presents next steps for Duwamish health projects at Cascadia 2020

A view of industrial smoke plumes along Seattle's Duwamish River

The title of the talk was "Community-based projects inform policy-making and improve health equity in Seattle's Duwamish Valley"

Environmental and occupational health faculty, students and staff from the U.S. and Canada convened at Cascadia 2020 in Abbottsford, British Columbia on January 9–10. UW Superfund Research Program Community Engagement Manager BJ Cummings and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health researcher Bill Daniell delivered a presentation on community health research and action projects in the Duwamish Valley that were conducted from 2009–2013, policy outcomes of the projects to date, and an impact evaluation currently being planned in partnership with the affected community.

The presentation covered findings and recommendations of the Duwamish Valley Vision Report (2009), Duwamish Valley CARE Project (2012), Seattle Cumulative Health Impacts Analysis (2013), and Duwamish Superfund Cleanup Plan Health Impact Assessment (2013). Cummings and Daniell also reviewed key policy actions that have been taken in the years following the reports, and previewed their plans for a systematic evaluation of the projects' outcomes – a new research effort that will be designed and conducted in partnership with the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Just Health Action, and members of resident, tribal, fishing, and worker communities in the Duwamish Valley.