Dr. Karletta Chief, University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP) Investigator and Extension Specialist, and Denise Moreno Ramírez, UA SRP Community Engagement Core Coordinator, were invited to appear on Arizona Mining Review on June 25, 2014. The online video magazine is sponsored by the Arizona Geological Survey, and is designed to explore and review mining challenges and successes in Arizona.
Moreno Ramírez was invited to participate by host Lee Allison, Arizona State Geologist, after he saw her deliver a presentation on “Sustainability: Mining and Community Engagement” at the Southern Arizona Mining Alliance monthly meeting in Tucson, AZ. In the interview, she and Chief discussed the multidisciplinary and holistic approach the UA SRP takes in working with all the stakeholders involved in mining, from industry, to regulators, to researchers, to communities. They described the development of transferrable training modules on environmental health for use by promotor community health workers, as well as mining educational modules that have been developed in partnership with the Tohono O’odham Community College. They discussed module topics, educational and career benefits for tribal students, and future expansion of the modules to other tribal colleges. Mr. Allison wrapped up the interview by inviting them back for a future update, once the modules have been completed and are available online.