Pictured above from L to R: Rochelle Chapman, Community Engagement Coordinator; Donele Wilkins, Community Advisory Board (CAB) Co-Chair; Carrie Leach, Program Manager; Sandra Turner-Handy, CAB Co-Chair; James Blessman, Co-Investigator; Nick Schroeck, Leader; Melissa Sargent-Cooper, CAB Co-Chair; Chris Trentacosta, 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 researchers and advocates, stakeholders, and individuals
- Serve as a resource for environmental health information, expertise, and advocacy
- Promote environmental health science awareness
- Advance the science of community engagement with research
Advocacy Training: Seeking Your SAGE Advice
If you have a concern about something happening in your neighborhood, do you know what you can do about it? We have learned that people want to learn more about how to protect their communities, reduce harm, improve health, and contribute to the decision-making process. In response, we have developed a training to educate people about how to advocate for themselves and their community. We are in the process of developing a senior-driven advocacy program titled, "Senior Advocates and Guardians of our Environment" (SAGE) in Detroit. At the CURES, the focus of our advocacy work of the Community Engagement team has been to help individuals learn how to participate in decision-making about their neighborhoods and the City. If you would like to help inform an advocacy program please click here.
COVID-19 Information and Resources
We have received many requests for information related to protection and prevention. In response we have located and developed videos and fact sheets to answer your questions.
- Fact Sheet: Questions About New Vaccines
- Fact Sheet: Preventing Spread and Disinfecting
- Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19
- What Fully Vaccinated People Need to Know
- How to Talk About COVID-19 Vaccines with Friends and Family
- United Way for Southeast Michigan Town Hall Presentations
Computer, Tablet, and Internet Help
We have received many requests for technology help and support. Here are some links to help you learn about your device so you can stay socially connected while physically distancing:
- Video tutorials on a variety of topics including how to use Zoom, Facebook, and connect your device to the internet, among others.
- Chromebook Made Easier Manual
- Do you need to connect to the internet? Call Human-I-T at 562-372-6925 to learn if you qualify to use the internet for free through something called a "hot-spot." There may also be low-cost internet plans available in your area with prices based on your income.
Environmental Health Videos & Mobile Outreach
We offer free mobile educational outreach events! You can choose to have one of our programs presented at a location of your choice by Rochelle Chapman, 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 Rochelle Chapman at 313-577-5045 or email email@example.com. Topics include:
Understanding Lead Exposure
New Perspectives on Asthma & Allergies
Mental Health & Neighborhood Stressors
Environmental Health Fact Sheets (printable PDFs)
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:
Making Change: An Advocacy Primer
For Researchers: Communicating & Disseminating Science
Guided Environmental Health Tours
Interested in learning first hand about environmental health in Detroit? --> Visit our tour page
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.
Conversations with our Community Advisory Board: The Realities of Partnership and Impact
Carrie Leach talks with Dell Stubblefield, Detroit Resident and Activist and CURES Community Advisory Board member, in November 2020 to talk about, Community In-Reach: Leveraging Academic Connections for Community Protection, as part of our 2020 Community Engagement Symposium. Carrie is pictured with Dell at one of thier first experiences working together to plan the 2014 Environmental Health Chat that was held in Hope Village.
Environmental Health in Detroit Video
Our video showcases environmental stressors, our research and partners who we work with to address those issues. More about the video on the NIEHS website.
Micro-grants: Former community micro-grant projects can be viewed here.
We welcome inquiries and questions! Please contact:
Rochelle Chapman at 313-577-5045 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Carrie Leach at email@example.com