The Specialized Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research program is supported by NIEHS, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
Three centers are funded through a P50 grant mechanism to support multidisciplinary research, research capacity building, and community-engaged research activities focused on understanding and reducing or eliminating environmental health disparities. These are defined as inequities in population health mediated by disproportionate adverse exposures associated with the physical, chemical, social, and built environments.
The program complements the work of the first five Environmental Health Disparities Research Centers (2015-2020), which were jointly supported by NIEHS, NIMHD, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Learn more about the Centers and the work they are doing to address environmental health disparities through:
- Community engagement
- Multidisciplinary research
- Research capacity building
The goal of the Maternal and Infant Environmental Health Riskcape (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 Center for Native American Environmental Health Equity Research will identify emerging tribal contaminants resulting from the degradation of microplastics from the open burning of solid waste and evaluate exposure and chronic disease relationships to develop mitigation strategies.
The Maternal And Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors (MADRES) Center focuses on the relationships between prenatal exposures and stressors for two maternal health outcomes of utmost concern: maternal depression and cardiovascular health in the years after childbirth.