Innovative Approaches to Scalable Research on Household Air Pollution

The goal of this workshop is to review historic challenges and to present recent innovations associated with conducting scalable exposure assessment and epidemiologic research on household air pollution (HAP). The format of this workshop will be invited presentations interspersed with facilitated panel discussions.


Overview: The need for innovative approaches to address historic challenges associated with scalable exposure assessment and epidemiologic household air pollution research

Approaching personal exposure assessment at population scale: The Holy Grail is not made of gold

John Volckens; Colorado State University, USA

Optimal measurement protocols for household air pollution exposure assessment using real-time monitoring devices

Ajay Pilarisetti; University of California, Berkeley, USA

Iterative approaches to clean cookstove development and evaluation: the use of repeated lab and field measurements to identify scalable and low-polluting stoves and fuels

Ellison Carter; University of Minnesota, USA

Two panel discussions will be held:

Panel topic 1: Engineers, exposure scientists, and epidemiologists discuss the promises and pitfalls of a range of emerging technologies, methods, and environmental and biological markers for characterizing short- and long-term exposures to household air pollution

Household air pollution within the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiology study: Exposure assessment for 180,000 participants in 10 Countries

Michael Brauer; University of British Columbia, Canada

Selection of exposure measures for development of exposure-response functions for PM2.5, birth weight and child health outcomes: Lessons from the TAPHE cohorts in Southern India

Kalpana Balakrishnan; Sri Ramachandra University, India

A theory-driven behavior change intervention for families exposed to household air pollution from wood-fueled cooking stoves in Guatemala

Lisa Thompson; University of California, San Francisco, USA

Adding epidemiological assessments to government clean cooking programs: opportunities, challenges, and evidence from Ghana

Kwaku Poku Asante; Kintampo Health Research Center, Ghana

Panel topic 2. Participants address challenges associated with epidemiologic research at scale (i.e., large sample sizes) and the concept of scalable research (i.e., results and/or methods that are transferable beyond specific study populations)

Closing remarks: Motivations and the path forward surrounding scalable research

Sumi Mehta / Donee Alexander; Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves