The Duke University Superfund Basic Research Program Outreach Core seeks to build North Carolina's technical capacity to identify, evaluate, and interpret potential environmental exposures across the state. The Outreach Core uses sophisticated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) spatial analysis to develop and disseminate outreach programs with a particular emphasis on children's environmental health. Specific aims for the Outreach Core include:
The Outreach Core is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).
The Center for Comparative Biology of Vulnerable Populations: Community Outreach and Education Program (COEP)'s overall mission is to provide communities with information that allows them to create preventive (rather than mitigative) environmental interventions that protect children before they become sick. The COEP promotes environmental health outreach and education directed to families with children, enhances the capacity of disadvantaged communities to understand threats posed by environmental contaminants, and provides a bridge between campus research and community action. Local health departments, community organizations, and health care providers act as important mechanisms for dissemination to the primary target audience - families with children. The COEP focuses on the following, more specific goals:
The COEP seeks to bridge the gap between campus research and community action by working directly with affected populations and by using research expertise to service those most vulnerable in our communities.
The COEP is funded by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).
The central objective of the Community Outreach and Translation Core (COTC) is to create, implement, and assess strategies to translate and apply the findings of the Southern Center on Environmentally-Driven Disparities in Birth Outcomes (SCEDDBO) into relevant information for women of childbearing age, families, community groups, policy makers, and health care professionals.
The Community Outreach and Translation Core:
The Community Outreach and Translation Core's activities utilize center expertise to promote the development of preventive outreach and education with the goal of enhancing the lives of those most vulnerable in our communities. Expected Results: The Southern Center on Environmentally-Driven Disparities in Birth Outcomes will produce important new knowledge to disentangle the complex etiology of birth outcomes. This new knowledge will point the way to effective interventions to achieve better pregnancy outcomes among all population groups.