It may not seem like a difficult task to galvanize a community toward a shared vision when the community is dealing with something as devastating as asbestos contamination. But people make sense of their lives in very different ways. The angle of vision is everything. In Libby, some people are angry with a company and with the government whom they blame for their disease. Others talk about their worries, fears, and the uncertainty of potential diagnoses. But there are also community members who question the severity of the asbestos contamintion and they emphasize the need to move forward and create a new community. Thus finding a way to share a vision is a very complicated process. The following is a list of various community initiatives, some of which were coordinated or supported by the Libby E-ABCs project during its funding cycle:
The following is a list of various community initiatives, some of which were coordinated or supported by the Libby E-ABCs project during its funding cycle. Many of these initiatives and activities are discussed in more detail in the manual, Ethics: A Bridge for Communities and Scientists: A manual for community education.
Montana Asbestos Screening and Surveillance Activity (MASSA). Through this federal-state partnership, the State of Montana offered periodic screenings for individuals exposed to asbestos from the Libby mines. This service is now provided by the CARD clinic.
National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). This federal agency strives to reduce the burden of illness by supporting research in environmental health.
The University of Montana Presidential Lecture Series. April 5, 2004.
"The International Struggle Over Asbestos" Presidential Lecture: Barry Castleman, University Theater
Photos courtesy of Dudley Dana, Dana Gallery