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Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research

The Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research program is a collaborative effort supported by the NIEHS, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that encourages basic, biological, clinical, epidemiological, behavioral, and/or social scientific investigations of disease conditions that are known to be a significant burden in low socioeconomic and health disparate populations. The Centers, funded through a P50 grant mechanism, support research efforts, mentoring, capacity building, research translation, and information dissemination, and are designed to address program-specific research priorities.

The boxes below show the primary areas of research of the five EHD Centers along with key questions they are addressing related to health disparities.

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Cumulative effects

How do the cumulative effects of exposures to multiple environmental chemical contaminants combine with the effects of social stressors to affect health, and what is the role of genetics and epigenetics in relation to these exposures?

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Differential exposures

How are different socioeconomic groups exposed differentially to environmental hazards and what are the drivers for such exposure scenarios?

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Land use considerations

How do different land uses and land use decision-making processes contribute to environmental health disparities, and what approaches can communities take to reduce these impacts?

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Built environment

How does proximity to transportation infrastructure affect the levels and types of exposures? How does poverty contribute to indoor and outdoor air pollution in residential settings?

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Environmental sustainability

How do sustainable approaches reduce disproportionate health burdens and build community resilience? How will improvements in environmental health literacy enable a sustainable lifestyle?

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Community engagement in research

How can researchers provide culturally sensitive translation of findings to stakeholders, promote engagement with community members, and build capacity in environmental health literacy and risk prevention?

Program Contacts

NIEHS Program Staff

Symma Finn, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-04
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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Delivery Instructions
Tel (919) 541-4258
symma.finn@nih.gov
Liam O'Fallon, M.A.
Health Specialist
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-12
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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Tel (919) 541-7733
Fax (919) 316-4606
ofallon@niehs.nih.gov

NIMHD Program Staff

Nishadi Rajapakse, Ph.D.
NIMHD Program Director
BG 2DEM RM 800
Mail Stop 5465
6707 Democracy Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817

Tel (301) 496-4338
chandima.rajapakse@nih.gov
Michael Sayre, Ph.D.
NIMHD Program Director
BG 2DEM RM 800
Mail Stop 5465
6707 Democracy Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817

Tel (301) 435-0962
sayrem@mail.nih.gov

NIMHD Program Web Page

EPA Program Staff

Maggie Breville, Ph.D.
Project Officer for National Center for Environmental Research
USEPA Headquarters
William Jefferson Clinton Building
Mail Code: 8723P
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460

Tel (202) 343-9779
breville.maggie@epa.gov
Sylvana Li, Ph.D.
Water, Health, and Innovation Division Director
USEPA Headquarters
William Jefferson Clinton Building
Mail Code: 8725R
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460

Tel (202) 564-7634
li.sylvana@epa.gov

EPA Program Web Page

NIEHS Grants Management

Molly Puente, Ph.D.
Grants Management Team Lead
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-11
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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Delivery Instructions
Tel (919) 541-1373
puentem@mail.nih.gov