When working with NYU Core Center community partners, some of the most frequent questions Zelikoff hears include:
- “Am I exposed?”
- “Is the contamination making me sick?”
- “I can’t afford to move, what should I do?”
For answers to these questions, Zelikoff turns to Center scientists. Researchers from the Center’s Integrated Health Science Facility Core (IHSFC) and Exposure Core have worked with residents to collect and test biological samples from community members to better understand the level of metal exposure in the community and the pathways by which people are being exposed.
Zelikoff emphasizes the importance of reporting back results to the community partners. She notes that Center scientists will report their results back to the community at an open Town Hall meeting, and the CEC will support the development of infographics to help translate the research results.