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      Implications of the GC-HARMS Fishermen’s Citizen Science Network: Issues Raised, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps for the Network and Citizen Science

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          This paper is intended to complement our extended documentation and analysis of the activities of the Gulf Coast Health Alliance: Health Risks related to the Macondo Spill project Community Outreach and Dissemination Core entitled, “Building and maintaining a citizen science network with fishermen and fishing communities after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster using a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach.” We discuss nuances of CBPR practice, including trust-building, clarification of stakeholder expectations, balancing timelines and agendas, cultural fluency, and the importance of regional history—political-economic context, regulatory practices, and cultural life-ways—in creating social dynamics that overarch and underpin the entire process. We examine the unique role of knowledge-making hybrid structures like the project’s Fishermen’s citizen science network and compare/contrast this structure with other models of participatory science or deliberation. Finally, we reiterate the importance of environmental health literacy efforts, summarize project outcomes, and offer thoughts on the future roles of collaborative efforts among communities and institutional science in environmental public health.

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          Journal
          9100937
          32703
          New Solut
          New Solut
          New solutions : a journal of environmental and occupational health policy : NS
          1048-2911
          1541-3772
          3 April 2019
          15 November 2018
          February 2019
          19 April 2019
          : 28
          : 4
          : 570-598
          Affiliations
          [1 ]University of Texas Medical Branch/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Galveston, TX, USA
          [2 ]University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA
          [3 ]Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
          [4 ]Subra Company, New Iberia, Louisiana, USA
          [5 ]Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Baton Rouge, LA, USA
          Author notes

          Authors’ Note

          Wilma Subra is also affiliated with Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.2

          Corresponding Author: John Sullivan, University of Texas Medical Branch/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 301 University Blvd., Galveston, TX 77555, USA. jpatstx@ 123456gmail.com
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          PMC6473789 PMC6473789 6473789 nihpa1021281
          10.1177/1048291118810871
          6473789
          30439292
          e61a490f-3694-46d8-9573-c0cb6a70458c
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          citizen science,community-based participatory research,Deepwater Horizon oil spill,GC-HARMS,knowledge hybrids,environmental justice

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