TitleCommunicating Results of a Dietary Exposure Study Following Consumption of Traditionally Smoked Salmon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsRohlman, D, Frey, G, Kile, ML, Harper, B, Harris, S, Motorykin, ii, O, Simonich, SLMassey, Harding, AK
JournalEnvironmental Justice
Pagination85 - 92
Date PublishedJan-06-2016

One expectation of community-based participatory research (CBPR) is participant access to study results. However, reporting experimental data produced by studies involving biological measurements in the absence of clinical relevance can be challenging to scientists and participants. We applied best practices in data sharing to report the results of a study designed to explore polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons absorption, metabolism, and excretion following consumption of traditionally smoked salmon by members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). A dietary exposure study was developed, in which nine Tribal members consumed 50 g of traditionally smoked salmon and provided repeated urine samples over 24 hours. During recruitment, participants requested access to their data following analysis. Disclosing data is an important element of CBPR and must be treated with the same rigor as that given to the data analysis. The field of data disclosure is relatively new, but when handled correctly can improve education within the community, reduce distrust, and enhance environmental health literacy. Using the results from this study, we suggest mechanisms for sharing data with a Tribal community.

Short TitleEnvironmental Justice