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Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)

PEPH is a network of scientists, community members, educators, healthcare providers, public health officials, and policymakers who share the goal of increasing the impact of environmental public health research at the local, regional, and national level. PEPH defines environmental public health as the science of conducting and translating research into action to address environmental exposures and health risks of concern to the public.

Grantees: for information on how to access the PEPH Resource Center, please contact Liam O'Fallon or Lynn Albert. You can also visit the NIEHS Research Partners page to access the Resource Center and other NIEHS shared datasets and applications.

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    • Understanding Bioavailability of Arsenic in Lead in Soils at Superfund Sites
    • Carmen Vélez-Vega, Ph.D.

Grantee Highlights

Frances K. Barg, Ph.D. – Engaging Community Members to Understand Long-Term Implications of Hazardous Waste

Fran Barg, Ph.D.

Frances Barg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health , director of the University of Pennsylvania’s (U Penn) Mixed Methods Research Lab and co-lead for the U Penn Superfund Research Program (SRP) Community Engagement Core, has worked diligently to find creative and intuitive ways to engage communities affected by hazardous waste.

Carmen M. Vélez-Vega, Ph.D. – Establishing Partnerships to Address Environmental Health Concerns for Pregnant Women and Children in Puerto Rico


Carmen Vélez-Vega, Ph.D., has witnessed first-hand how underserved communities are impacted by health disparities, social inequalities, and a lack of public health infrastructure.

Melanie Pearson, Ph.D. – Working with Atlanta Communities to Address Environmental Health Concerns

Melanie Pearson

Melanie Pearson, Ph.D., a community outreach specialist at Emory University, strives to integrate community voices into exposure science by building collaborations between communities and local scientists.

PEPH Podcasts

Understanding Bioavailability of Arsenic and Lead in Soils at Hazardous Waste Sites

May 10, 2017

Bioavailability is a concept that is often unknown or confusing to community members impacted by metals contamination. Since bioavailability has important implications for human health and cleanup decisions at Superfund sites, it is important for impacted communities and the public to understand this concept.

Wood Burning Stoves and Human Health

March 16, 2015

In many parts of the country, and indeed around the world, wood is used as fuel to heat homes, particularly during colder winter months. Wood combustion releases particulates and other air contaminants that can hurt your health. read more...

Children, Nature, and the Importance of Getting Kids Outside

January 9, 2017

A shift towards sedentary lifestyles has far reaching impacts on children’s health, including increased incidence of obesity, diabetes, asthma, and attention deficit disorders.

Program Lead

Liam R. O'Fallon
Liam O'Fallon, M.A.
Health Specialist

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