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Your Environment. Your Health.

PEPH E-News September 2016

Volume 7, Issue 9: September 2016

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NIEHS Bids Farewell to Colleague and Friend, Caroline Dilworth

Caroline Dilworth
Caroline Dilworth spent eight years at the NIEHS.

This fall, NIEHS bids farewell to Caroline Dilworth, Ph.D., a Program Director in the Population Health Branch within the Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT). Caroline is moving on to pursue an exciting opportunity to start her own business as an integrative health coach. Her last day at NIEHS will be September 30.

During her eight years at the Institute (2008-2016), Caroline has become a recognized leader in environmental epidemiology and has been a champion of community participation in environmental health research. Furthermore, she has worked to ensure scientific findings are translated and communicated to the public.

"Caroline joined NIEHS just weeks before we hosted the June 2008 workshop that led to the creation of the Partnerships for Environmental Public Health network. She brought such energy and thoughtfulness to the development and continuation of the network. After that workshop, she immediately took ownership for the first solicitation of the Research to Action program," said PEPH Program Lead Liam O'Fallon. "As she worked to advance environmental health research, she always emphasized the important role of community partners. As a friend and colleague, I am going to miss her tremendously."

Caroline has been the Program Director of different key grant programs at the NIEHS, including Research to Action, Climate Change and Human Health, as well as the NIEHS and National Cancer Institute Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP). As BCERP Director, she helped shape the program to produce high quality science focused on prevention, address breast cancer health disparities, engage public stakeholders, and translate findings into effective risk messages for communities.

"Caroline brought real-time experience to her role as BCERP Director. As a young mom seasoned with knowledge regarding the health effects of early-life exposures to environmental triggers, she was supportive and tenacious in getting that information out to the public," said Karen Joy Miller, founder of the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, Inc. (HBCAC) a nonprofit, grassroots community organization focused on breast cancer education, awareness, and prevention. "On behalf of HBCAC, we wish her all the best in all her future endeavors."

Caroline came to NIEHS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), where she completed a postdoctoral fellowship focused on how exposure to disinfection by-products in drinking water affects pregnancy health. She received a Ph.D. in epidemiology from UNC and earned a joint M.S.P.H. in epidemiology and environmental and occupational health from Emory University. While at NIEHS, Caroline developed a research portfolio focused on the impact of environmental exposures on human health, including male and female reproduction, pubertal maturation, cancer, adult cardiovascular and respiratory health, and general statistical methods development.

"When we hired Caroline, it was clear she was going to do great things to advance our work in environmental epidemiology. Over the years, her high standard of excellence and her ability to promote collaborations with other institutes and a wide range of stakeholder groups have contributed to the success of different grant programs," said Gwen Collman, Ph.D., director of DERT. "Of course, she is more than a dedicated program officer; she has been a good friend and co-worker to many in DERT. She has always been willing to listen and help others. There is no doubt that her new business venture will do well in light of her many admirable personal qualities. Her presence here will be missed."

From everyone at NIEHS and in the PEPH Network, we wish you the all the best, Caroline!

Participatory Research Improves Latino Youth's Environmental Health Literacy and Leadership Skills

NIEHS grantees from the University of California, Berkeley worked with 15 Latino high school students in Salinas, California to increase their environmental health literacy (EHL) and leadership skills. At the program's completion, students reported improved perceptions of self-esteem, EHL, leadership, and career orientation. As described in a recent publication about the effort, the students engaged in hands-on research experiences related to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in cosmetics and their possible health effects. The publication also discusses challenges to the participatory research approach, such as time constraints, and implications for other youth participatory science and leadership programs. The students were members of the CHAMACOS Youth Community Council (YCC), an outreach arm of a longitudinal study of impacts of environmental chemicals on children's health.

PEPH Environmental Health Chat Podcast Series

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Worldwide, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women. In Part 1 of this two-part series, we hear from experts studying how childhood exposures to chemicals and other environmental factors may contribute to breast cancer in adulthood. In Part 2, we discuss why translating breast cancer research is critical for the decisions we make in our everyday lives.

You can find more podcasts on the Environmental Health Chat Web page or subscribe to the series on iTunes. We want your feedback! Send comments and ideas for future podcasts to

PEPH Grantee Highlight: Guy Williams

Guy Williams is helping develop a Clear Air Action Plan for Detroit by partnering with researchers from the University of Michigan on the Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments (CA-PHE) project. Twenty years ago, Williams helped found Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ), a community organization that fosters clean, healthy, and safe communities through innovative policy, education, and workforce initiatives. Today he is the President and CEO of DWEJ and also a Chair of the Community Advisory Board for the Community Outreach and Engagement Core of the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) at Wayne State University in Detroit. Both CURES and CA-PHE are funded by NIEHS. Read the Grantee Highlight to learn more.

PEPH in the August NIEHS Environmental Factor

Project TENDR focuses on common chemicals affecting neurological development. Leading scientists and experts called for reduction in chemical exposures that affect brain development.

New tool for economic analyses in environmental health research. NIEHS has released a new tool to help environmental health researchers who want to include economic analyses in their studies.

Community guide for eating fish from North Carolina's Triangle area. A new guide will help North Carolina Triangle-area anglers identify fish that are safe to eat, thanks to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Neighborhood greenery decreases aggressive behavior in adolescents. Neighborhood greenspaces can help reduce aggressive behaviors in urban adolescents, according to a new study from NIEHS grantees.

Anniversary event highlights Superfund and disaster response programs. Events in Boston mark 30 years of the Superfund Research and Worker Training Programs, along with a Disaster Research Response Workshop.

Online Mapping Tool TOXMAP Now Includes Native Lands

TOXMAP, an online mapping tool developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), now includes a Native Lands map layer. The new layer shows geographic areas of certain native populations, including American Indian Reservations and Off-Reservation Trust Lands, Alaska Native Village Statistical Areas, and Hawaiian Home Lands, as defined by the U.S. Census. TOXMAP is a Geographic Information System (GIS) that uses maps to help users explore data from the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Superfund Programs. Users create nationwide, regional, or local area maps showing where TRI chemicals are released and identify the releasing facilities. Maps also can show locations of Superfund sites on the National Priorities List, listing all chemical contaminants present at these sites.

Tenure-Track Position at Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, with rank determined by experience and accomplishments. The successful candidate will join Tulane's accredited graduate program in Environmental Health and participate in research and teaching in the areas of global environmental health science and disaster management. Applicants should demonstrate strong interest or experience in interdisciplinary environmental public health research and teaching in one or more of the following areas of disaster management: planning, response, and/or recovery. Applicants must have a terminal degree in public health or other relevant field. For consideration at the rank of Associate Professor or above, candidates must have an established, vibrant research program with a history of external funding. Applications will be accepted online beginning September 4, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Upcoming PEPH-Related Events

September 8, 2016: Disaster Health Education Symposium in Bethesda, Maryland. Registration is now open for the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health's "Disaster Health Education Symposium: Innovations for Tomorrow." There is no cost to attend this workshop, but registration is required.

September 12 - 14, 2016: Conference on Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Hosted by the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, this conference will bring together researchers across the cancer control continuum using geospatial tools, models, and approaches to address cancer prevention and control. Register by August 31, 2016.

September 13 - 14, 2016: 18th National Environmental Tar Creek Conference in Miami, Oklahoma. The Local Environmental Action Demanded (LEAD) Agency's National Environmental Tar Creek Conference is held annually to inform the community about current environmental issues and to provide time to interact with program managers from the state and federal agencies and tribes who are doing work at the Tar Creek Superfund site. This year's conference is co-sponsored by the Northeast Tribes.

September 14 - 16, 2016: 8th International Network on Children's Health, Environment and Safety (INCHES) Conference in Barcelona, Spain.

September 27, 2016: Driving Action and Progress on Obesity Prevention and Treatment in Washington, D.C. (plus live webcast). Organized by the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, this workshop will feature discussion about the next steps we need to take to reverse the obesity epidemic. Opening with remarks from former Surgeon General David Satcher, speakers will highlight opportunities and gaps for obesity prevention and treatment in early care and education, the business community, physical activity, and health care. There is also some in-person seating available. For more information and to register, visit the event Web page.

October 25 - 26, 2016: Research Community Forum in Hartford, Connecticut. Sponsored by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), day one of this symposium will focus on ethical issues around engaging community participation in research, and day two will be an interactive opportunity to engage with OHRP staff.

October 29 - November 2, 2016: American Public Health Association (APHA) 2016 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. This year's conference theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health."

December 6 - 8, 2016: NIEHS Environmental Health Science FEST (EHS FEST) in Durham, North Carolina. As part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations, NIEHS is organizing the EHS FEST to bring together researchers, community engagement teams, trainees, and young investigators, all supported by NIEHS, for several days of scientific dialog. Submissions for the poster session, film festival, and sensor fair are due Friday, September 16. Registration for EHS FEST is open now!

December 14 - 15, 2016: 9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health in Washington, D.C. Co-hosted by NIH and AcademyHealth, this Conference aims to grow the dissemination and implementation research base by bridging the gap between evidence, practice, and policy in health and medicine.

January 24 - 26, 2017: NCSE 2017 Integrating Environment and Health in Washington, D.C. Organized by the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), this conference will bring together researchers, educators, students, policy makers, and entrepreneurs to explore environmental and human health connections.

March 1 - 3, 2017: Migrant Labor and Global Health (MLGH) Conference on the University of California, Davis campus. The MLGH Conference serves as a platform to explore the multidisciplinary aspects of migration and their impact on health.

May 17 - 20, 2017: Citizen Science Association (CSA) Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. Please join CSA for CitSci2017 and be part of conversations to create a field of citizen science. There will be more news regarding conference plans and a Call for Proposals in the coming weeks.

Funding Opportunities

Visit the PEPH Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) page for more PEPH-related funding opportunities.

Environmental Exposures and Health: Exploration of Non-traditional Settings (R01, R21). Encourages interdisciplinary research aimed at promoting health, preventing and limiting symptoms and disease, and reducing health disparities across the lifespan for those living or spending time in non-traditional settings (i.e., playgrounds and nursing homes). Deadlines: October 5, 2016 (R01); October 16, 2016 (R21).

Research to Action: Assessing and Addressing Community Exposures to Environmental Contaminants (R01). Encourages applications using community-engaged research methods to investigate the potential health risks of environmental exposures of concern to the community and to implement an environmental public health action plan based on research findings. Deadline: Standard receipt dates apply (October 5, February 5).

Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling, and Communication (R01). Supports innovative research that identifies sources of spatial uncertainty in public health data, incorporates the inaccuracy or instability into statistical methods, and develops novel tools to visualize the nature and consequences of spatial uncertainty. Deadline: October 5, 2016.

Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children (R21). Encourages research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children. Specific targeted areas of research include biobehavioral studies that incorporate multiple factors that influence child health disparities; studies that target the specific health promotion needs of children with a known health condition and/or disability; and studies that test and evaluate the comparative effectiveness of health promotion interventions conducted in traditional and nontraditional settings. Deadline: October 16, 2016.

Education and Health: New Frontiers (R01, R03, R21). Supports research that will further elucidate the pathways involved in the relationship between education and health outcomes and in doing so to carefully identify the specific aspects and qualities of education that are responsible for this relationship and what the mediating factors are that affect the nature of the causal relationship. Deadlines: October 5, 2016 (R01); October 16, 2016 (R03, R21).

Advancing Basic Behavioral and Social Research on Resilience: An Integrative Science Approach (UG3/UH3). To elucidate mechanisms and processes of resilience within a general framework that emphasizes its dynamics and interactions across both time and scale, multiple contexts, multiple outcomes, and multiple time frames. Deadlines: November 1, 2016 (letter of intent); December 1, 2016 (application).

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