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Your Environment. Your Health.

Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers

Scientific collaboration and cutting-edge technologies can advance environmental health sciences. The NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Core Centers Program facilitates these collaborations by funding institutional infrastructure to support scientific equipment, facilities, and other resources that can be shared among environmental health researchers. By pursuing shared research questions, the EHS Core Centers identify emerging issues that advance understanding about how pollutants and other environmental factors affect human biology and may lead to disease.

Currently, there are more than 20 centers across the country. Each center has its own strategic vision and scientific focus, but all share four common goals: advancing scientific research; promoting community engagement; advancing translational research; and training new researchers.

About Core Centers

About the EHS Core Centers Program

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The EHS Core Centers Program brings together researchers to tackle related environmental health questions.

Community Engagement Cores

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Community Engagement Cores translate and disseminate Center research results into information community members, decision makers, and public health professionals can use to protect and improve public health.

Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers Grantees

Map of Grantee Centers

There are more than 20 EHS Core Centers around the country, many of which have a long history of NIEHS support.

Center Spotlight

Better Health Care Access Linked To Improved High Blood Pressure Awareness, Control

Stethoscope and blood pressure cuff

Having better access to primary health care may improve awareness and control of high blood pressure, according to research funded in part by NIEHS. The study was led by Brisa Aschebrook-Kilfoy, Ph.D., and Jiajun Luo, Ph.D., members of the NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Core Center at the University of Chicago.

Four JPB Fellows Represent Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers

includes Max Aung, Ph.D., Stephanie Eick, Ph.D., Ornelas Van Horne, Ph.D., and Jose Guillermo Cedeño Laurent, Sc.D.
The prestigious fellowship supports junior faculty from U.S. institutions who study how social and environmental factors influence health disparities in under-resourced communities. The new fellowship class includes Max Aung, Ph.D., of the University of Southern California; Stephanie Eick, Ph.D., of Emory University; Yoshira Ornelas Van Horne, Ph.D., of Columbia University, and Jose Guillermo Cedeño Laurent, Sc.D., of Rutgers University.

DeJarnett Talks Climate Change and Health on APHA TV

Natasha K. DeJarnett, Ph.D.
At the 2022 American Public Health Association (APHA) conference, Natasha K. DeJarnett, Ph.D., sat down with APHA TV to discuss how climate change affects health. Dejarnett is a member of the NIEHS-funded Environmental Health Sciences Core Center at the University of Louisville and is chair-elect of the APHA Environment Section.

Study Informs Community Education, Outreach Efforts to Address Drinking Water Concerns

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Beliefs in some communities that tap water poses health risks may contribute to increased bottled water use, according to a study from the NIEHS-funded Southwest Environmental Health Science Center at the University of Arizona. A better understanding of the factors driving drinking water preferences can help inform efforts to educate community members about local water quality.

During Wildfires, Indoor Air Quality Can Be Worse Than Outdoor Air

Wildfire at night near a city

Levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were higher inside homes than outdoors during certain wildfire conditions, Environmental Health Sciences Core Center at Oregon State University from the NIEHS-funded Environmental Health Sciences Core Center at Oregon State University. The findings may inform public health messaging regarding wildfires, which currently does not account for indoor air quality.

Liver Injury Linked to PFAS Exposures, NIEHS Grantee Says

Lida Chatzi Headshot

A large-scale study on exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in humans and rodents showed consistent evidence of chemical-driven liver damage, according to Lida Chatzi, M.D., Ph.D., deputy director of the NIEHS-funded Environmental Health Sciences Core Center at the University of Southern California.

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