Greetings from our community engagement team (in alphabetical order): James Blessman, Co-Investigator; Rochelle Chapman, Community Engagement Coordinator; Carrie Leach, Co-Leader; Melissa Sargent-Cooper, Community Advisory Board Co-Chair; Nick Schroeck, Co-Leader; Sandra Turner-Handy, Community Advisory Board Co-Chair
The Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) has a strong commitment to serving, informing, and learning from our local community stakeholders and fostering effective and meaningful communication between researchers and the public. The goals of the Community Engagement Core (CEC) are to:
- Foster mutually beneficial dialogue and co-learning experiences for environmental health researchers and local advocates, stakeholders, and residents
- Serve as a resource for environmental health information, expertise, and advocacy
- Promote environmental health science awareness
- Advance the science of community engagement
We have received many requests for technology help and support. Here are some links to help you learn about technology 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" or a low-cost internet plan
Delivering Environmental Health Programs Wherever You Are
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 Community Engagement Coordinator, who will bring information about any of the topics below, lunch, resources, and answer questions you and your group might have. Contact Rochelle 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