Community Engagement


Pictured above from L to R: Brian Smith, former Coordinator (meet our new Coordinator, Rochelle Chapman who is pictured below); 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.

 Meet Rochelle, Our New Community Outreach Coordinator

Rochelle Chapman, Community Outreach Coordinator Photo       

Hi, I'm Rochelle. I am excited to take on this new role with CURES and can't wait to meet you. I am a native Detroiter and I am passionate about our community. I've worked at Wayne State University for the last 12 years, in event planning, and I have been at the University for 18 years in various positions.

I'm coming to this new role to pair my event skills with my passion for community outreach and justice. In the past, I have worked as a Chaplain in several detention centers. I was also the Executive Director of a non-profit (New Beginnings Life Center) and led outreach efforts for the faith-based community and various causes including the Flint water crisis. I hope to be able to merge my event and outreach experience to build on and advance the great foundation that has already been laid here at CURES. My goals are to serve as a resource to the community, to collaborate, educate, and promote environmental justice.

I look forward to the months ahead when I can actually get out and meet with groups. If you would like to get in contact with me or have questions, please call me at 313-577-5045 or email

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 

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

COVID-19 Information

We have received many requests for information related to protection and prevention. In response we are creating a series of videos and fact sheets to provide you with information to protect your health. 

If you have specific information needs or would like to sign up to recieve updates from us please contact Rochelle Chapman at 313-577-5045 or email

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.

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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 Topics include:

Understanding Lead Exposure

New Perspectives on Asthma & Allergies

Good Food = Good Health

Healthy Homes & How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Gardening for Good Health

Mental Health & Neighborhood Stressors

Understanding Urban Water Systems

Climate Action for An Aging World

Air Pollution in Detroit: Neighborhood Differences 

What's In Our Water? New Research Highlighting Chemicals & Contaminants

Hearing Health & Lead Exposure

Environmental Health Fact Sheets (printable PDFs)

Lead Exposure         Asthma & Allergies

Good Food = Good Health        Healthy Homes & Indoor Air Quality

Mental Health & Neighborhood Stressors       Gardening for Good Health       

Urban Water Systems        Air Pollution in Detroit: Neighborhood Differences 


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       

For Researchers: Communicating & Disseminating Science 

 Researchers: Communicating & Disseminating Science


See the work of our grant 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.

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We welcome inquiries and questions! Please contact

Rochelle Chapman at 313-577-5045 or or Carrie Leach at

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