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Community Outreach & Engagement Cores

Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers

Program Description

COEC Audiences

  • Community
  • Policy-makers
  • Public Health and/or Health Care Professionals

The Environmental Health Sciences Core Center Program includes Community Outreach & Engagement Cores (COECs) to foster community-university partnerships. Each COEC builds and sustains a dialog between the center and its defined audience. COECs communicate environmental health research findings and concepts to community partners and convey the voice of these communities to researchers within the center. In so doing, COECs increase awareness of environmental health and help researchers understand which environmental health issues are important to their identified audiences.

COECs are at the forefront of developing communication approaches between researchers and community groups, policy makers, and health-care professionals. For example, COECs create interactive websites, educational videos, and public service announcements, along with a variety of print materials. With the goal of conducting outreach and research translation in an innovative and culturally-appropriate way, COECs have developed community theater productions, organized environmental health booths at local community markets, and modeled healthy homes. COECs have also developed and implemented innovative curricular materials that are used in classrooms across the United States.

Many examples of COEC-developed materials are available on the PEPH Resources page and the NIEHS Health and Education page.

COECs from across the country have coordinated efforts around issues, audiences, and events such as:

  • Disaster response to hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike that affected much of the Gulf Coast region.
  • Community concerns about hydraulic fracturing.
  • Tribal environmental health.
  • Translating environmental health research for healthcare professionals.

For more information about individual COECs and their activities, see the Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers Grantees Table.

Program Lead

Liam R. O'Fallon
Liam O'Fallon, M.A.
Program Analyst
Tel (919) 541-7733
Fax (919) 316-4606
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-12
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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