Community Radon Campaign
Students in the College of Public Health worked in three groups that targeted different sectors of the Iowa population: the aging population, parents of elementary-aged children, and homeowners in Iowa City to look at the levels of radon in these sectors. Each group researched best methods to reach their audience and developed recommendations for the City and Department of Public Health to implement.
According to the E.P.A., Iowa has the highest average radon levels in the country. Houses and buildings trap this odorless gas, which forms from naturally decaying radium and uranium. For this project, students created an awareness campaign to educate the community on what citizens can do to mitigate radon in their homes and work places. Additionally, groups created materials specific to their target audience and held outreach events such as tabling at the Iowa City Farmers’ Market and Iowa City Public Library.