Perspectives of peripartum people on opportunities for personal and collective action to reduce exposure to everyday chemicals: Focus groups to inform exposure report-back

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Abstract

Participants in biomonitoring studies who receive personal exposure reports seek information to reduce exposures. Many chemical exposures are driven by systems-level policies rather than individual actions; therefore, change requires engagement in collective action. Participants’ perceptions of collective action and use of report-back to support engagement remain unclear. We conducted virtual focus groups during summer 2020 in a diverse group of peripartum people from cohorts in the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program (N = 18). We assessed baseline exposure and collective action experience, and report-back preferences. Participants were motivated to protect the health of their families and communities despite significant time and cognitive burdens. They requested time-conscious tactics and accessible information to enable action to reduce individual and collective exposures. Participant input informed the design of digital report-back in the cohorts. This study highlights opportunities to shift responsibility from individuals to policymakers to reduce chemical exposures at the systems level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number113173
JournalEnvironmental Research
Volume212
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2022

Keywords

  • Biomonitoring
  • Collective action
  • Digital health communications
  • Environmental chemicals
  • Environmental health
  • Environmental health literacy
  • Exposure reduction
  • Health literacy
  • Phenolic compounds
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers
  • Return of results
  • per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Biochemistry

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