Environmental Justice in Air Quality Policy Development. Marie S. O’Neill Assistant Professor Epidemiology and Environmental Health University of Michigan School of Public Health NERAM Colloquium V Vancouver, BC, Canada October 17 , 200 6.
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Marie S. O’Neill
Epidemiology and Environmental Health
University of Michigan School of Public Health
NERAM Colloquium V
Vancouver, BC, Canada
October 17, 2006
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Marie S. O’Neill1*, Michelle L. Bell2*,
Nalini Ranjit1, Victor H. Borja-Aburto3,
Luis A. Cifuentes4, Nelson Gouveia5, Dana Loomis6
1 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
2 Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
3 Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Mexico City, Mexico
4 Universidad Pontificia Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
5 Universidad de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
6 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC USA
Project initiated at ISEE 2004, support from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program
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none some primary some secondary 12 + years
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