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Your Environment. Your Health.

Maternal and Infant Environmental Health Riskscape (MIEHR) Research Center

Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research

Center Directors
Elaine Symanski, Ph.D.
Center for Precision Environmental Health
Baylor College of Medicine

Robert Bullard, Ph.D.
Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy
Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs
Texas Southern University

Organization
Baylor College of Medicine

Project Location
Texas

Academic Partners
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - McGovern Medical School
Texas Southern University

Overall Center Goal

The Overall Goal of the Maternal and Infant Environmental Health Riskscape (MIEHR) Research Center is to elucidate the contributions of exposures in the biological, physical, social, and built environments of the environmental riskscape to environmental health disparities in pregnant women and their infants. The term “riskscape” refers to chemical and non-chemical exposures at the individual and neighborhood level from the biological, physical and social environments.

The MIEHR Center has two synergistic research projects, a Community Engagement and Dissemination Core, and an Investigator Development Core. The MIEHR Center will accomplish its goals in research, career development and community engagement with multidisciplinary and diverse teams of community and academic experts, interdisciplinary collaborations between synergistic research projects, activities that develop a diverse workforce and community engagement that fosters equitable community stakeholder interactions.

Specific Aims

  • Conduct multidisciplinary research to characterize maternal and infant environmental health disparities in overburdened populations living in a disaster-prone region with elevated pollution levels.
  • Engage, educate, and empower community stakeholders in environmental justice (EJ) communities to inform MIEHR research, reduce environmental health disparities and build community resilience. The Environmental Health Disparities MIEHR Research Center will conduct transdisciplinary research to significantly advance their understanding of environmental disparities in maternal and infant health with a focus on preterm birth and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
  • Support and promote career development of the next generation of environmental health researchers from underserved and health disparity populations.

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