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Your Environment. Your Health.

Community Outreach and Engagement

NIEHS/EPA Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers

Each center has a special team of researchers in their Community Outreach Translation Core (COTC) who translate research findings into information for affected communities, the general public, decision makers, and health care professionals. The COTC promotes multi-directional communication among the center and its stated target audiences on issues of prevention, environmental health literacy, and environmental public health. Additionally, each center has a designated physician scientist who helps ensure that research is translated into practical information for health care providers.

The COTCs apply community-engaged research and communications techniques to determine what methods and messages are most suitable for informing broad target audiences about the health risks associated with prenatal and childhood exposures to environmental toxicants.

Learn more about recent community outreach and engagement highlights from the centers below. Also, use hyperlinks in the table to visit each center's COTC website and to learn more about educational materials and tools they have created.

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Short Documentary Shares Children's Environmental Health Topics with African American Communities in Metro Atlanta

Emory COTC worked with community members to create a short stakeholders documentary

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Parks, Pollution, and Obesity Conference

University of Southern California COTC members organized and hosted a "Parks, Pollution, and Obesity" conference

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Shadow-puppet Play and Graphic Novel: Creative Messaging on Children's Environmental Health

UC Berkeley CIRCLE COTC members created "Love in the Time of Toxicants," a short video to educate young couples on the role of pre-conception and prenatal environmental factors on development of childhood leukemia.

Center Name and COTC Links Center COTC Lead Institution
Center for Children's Health, the Environment, the Microbiome, and Metabolomics (C-CHEM2) COTC Webpage  Maeve Howett, Ph.D. and Michele C. Kegler, Dr.P.H. Emory University
Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment COTC Page  and COTC Materials Page  Mark Miller, M.D. University of California, Berkeley
Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico (CRECE) COTC Webpage  and COTC Materials Webpage  Phil Brown, Ph.D. and Carmen M. Vélez-Vega, Ph.D. Northeastern University
Center for the Study of Childhood Asthma in the Urban Environment (CCAUE)  Cynthia Rand, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins
Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research at Dartmouth COTC Webpage  and COTC Materials Webpage  Carolyn Murray, M.D. Dartmouth College
Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) COTC Webpage  and COTC Materials Webpage  David Evans, Ph.D. Columbia University
Neurodevelopment and Improving Children’s Health following Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure (NICHES) COTC Page  Rochelle Schwartz-Bloom, Ph.D. Duke University
Novel Methods to Assess the Effects of Chemicals on Child Development COTC Webpage  Barbara Fiese, Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Southern California Children’s Environmental Health Center Jill Johnston, Ph.D. University of Southern California
UC Berkeley/Stanford Children’s Environmental Health Center (CHAPS) COTC Webpage  Jennifer Mann, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
UC Davis Center for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention COTC Materials Webpage  Robin Hansen, M.D. University of California, Davis
UCSF Pregnancy Exposures to Environmental Chemicals (PEEC) Children’s Center COTC Materials Webpage  Annemarie Charlesworth University of California, San Francisco
University of Michigan Children’s Environmental Health Center COTC Webpage  and COTC Materials Webpage  Alison Miller, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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