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.
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.
Parks, Pollution, and Obesity Conference
University of Southern California COTC members organized and hosted a "Parks, Pollution, and Obesity" conference.
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 Page||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 Page and COTC Materials Page||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 Page and COTC Materials Page||Carolyn Murray, M.D.||Dartmouth College|
|Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) COTC Page and COTC Materials Page||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 Page||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 Page||Jennifer Mann, Ph.D.||University of California, Berkeley|
|UC Davis Center for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention COTC Materials Page||Robin Hansen, M.D.||University of California, Davis|
|UCSF Pregnancy Exposures to Environmental Chemicals (PEEC) Children’s Center COTC Materials Page||Annemarie Charlesworth||University of California, San Francisco|
|University of Michigan Children’s Environmental Health Center COTC Page and COTC Materials Page||Alison Miller, Ph.D.||University of Michigan, Ann Arbor|