We are developing nationwide public drinking water contaminant exposure estimates at multiple geographic resolutions to characterize racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequalities in public drinking water contaminant exposures nationwide. Findings from these projects can inform public health interventions and regulatory action with the ultimate goal of reducing inequalities in both drinking water contaminant exposures and adverse health outcomes across racial/ethnic and socioeconomic subgroups.
We developed the Columbia Drinking Water Dashboard, which contains interactive maps and tables of regulated public water contaminants. The Dashboard is routinely being updated with new exposure estimates.
We are working with community-based collaborators in the Northern Plains to design and implement a pilot study to characterize mercury exposure in tribal communities using both biomonitoring and environmental monitoring. A key component of this project is the inclusion of local high school students in field work/data collection, data analysis, and results dissemination. We mentor local students through high school science fair projects related to population- and community-level metal exposure assessment and plan to expand this collaboration further beyond the aims of this specific project.
Anne (Annie) Nigra, ScM, PhD
Dept of Environmental Health Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
722 West 168th St, Rm 1107, New York, NY 10032