All of these activities can be necessary in brownfield and land reuse site assessment and redevelopment.
We broadly use the terms brownfields and land reuse sites to represent properties that are potentially contaminated and might be reused (www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/brownfields).
For example, BROWN provided input into ATSDR's Environmental Health Resource Self Learning Modules--Epidemiology, Land Reuse Sites, Risk Assessment, Risk Communications, and Toxicology--that are available at www.atsdr.
As awareness of brownfields and land reuse sites increases, opportunities to engage LHDs increases.
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People who live near or access land reuse sites such as brownfields often experience disproportionate exposure to environmental pollution that can result in poor health outcomes, including higher rates of chronic disease, toxic exposures (e.g., mercury or lead-based paint) that result in adverse health effects, and cancer (de Leon & Schilling, 2017; Massey, 2004; New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, 2007).
ATSDR grantees shared successful community engagement techniques, such as funding of promotores de salud (community health workers), in which community members educate and engage their communities about land reuse sites, environmental concerns, and associated health outcomes.
The Site Tool can be used on any type of potentially contaminated site including brownfields, landfills, or Superfund sites, and as such, we changed its name to the ATSDR Land Reuse Site Screening Tool (Site Tool).
In 2018, we created four examples from Site Tool users to offer guidance to others who could benefit from using the Site Tool to create land reuse site inventories.
The Site Tool helps environmental health professionals rapidly inventory and characterize land reuse sites with a public health lens.
Erica Arias, Master of Science in Sustainable Management candidate, identified land reuse sites throughout Chicago's south side, including south and west Cook County.