Community Engagement

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


Community Engagement Team (as pictured above from L to R)
  • Brian Smith @
  • James Blessman @
  • Peter Lichtenberg @
  • Carrie Leach @
  • Nick Schroeck @

Mini-Grant Funded Projects

See the work of our mini-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

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 food, resources, and answer any questions you and your group might have. Contact Brian Smith at 313-577-5045 or email

Program topics include:

Fact Sheets


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.

For additional resources please visit the University of Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease:

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

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