Community Engagement

As pictured above, Brian Smith, Community Relations Specialist (Our newest Community Relations Specialist is Rochelle Chapman); Melissa Sargent-Cooper, Community Advisory Board Co-Chair; Peter Lichtenberg, Co-Director; Guy Williams, Community Advisory Board Co-Chair; Nick Schroeck, Co-Director; Carrie Leach, Program Manager; James Blessman, Program Leader.

The Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) has a strong commitment to serving, informing, and learning from the community and fostering bi-directional communication between researchers and the public. The goals of the Community Engagement Core (CEC) are to:

  • Foster collaborations and co-learning experiences for environmental health advocates, stakeholders, leaders, and researchers
  • Serve as a resource for environmental health information and expertise
  • Promote environmental health awareness
  • Advance the science of community engagement

An overview of our work is accessible in PowerPoint form here.

Environmental Health in Detroit Video

Our recent video showcasing environmental stressors, our research and partnerships to address those issues were featured on the NIEHS website.

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Mobile Environmental Health Programs

We offer free mobile educational outreach events! You can choose to have one of our programs presented at a location of your choice by Brian Smith, our Outreach Coordinator, who will bring the information about any of the topics below, lunch, resources, and answer any questions you and your group might have. Contact Brian Smith at 313-577-5045 or email

     Program topics include:

Environmental Health Fact Sheets


We offer resources for participating in the advocacy process including training for students or residents who want to know how to address local issues affecting their community. We also have information for scientists to know how best to communicate complex information so that their research can be used for decision making. Select from the options below to learn more:

Residents & Students: Making Change

Researchers: Communicating & Disseminating Science

Mini-Grant Funded Projects

See the work of our grants recipients addressing local environmental concerns --> View project summaries & resources

Guided Environmental Health Tours

Interested in learning first hand about environmental health in Detroit? --> Visit our tour page

Community Partners

We are grateful to the members of our Community Advisory Board for their leadership and their guidance in planning, communicating, and helping us formulate strategies to address Detroit's environmental health concerns.


Qs? Contact Brian Smith at 313-577-5045 or or Carrie Leach @ 313-664-2612 or

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