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Your Environment. Your Health.

Progress Reports: Michigan State University: Community Engagement Core

Superfund Research Program

Community Engagement Core

Project Leader: James Dearing
Grant Number: P42ES004911
Funding Period: 2013-2020
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Progress Reports

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Over the previous funding cycle, the Community Engagement Core (CEC) has made significant progress towards their dual aims of research and engagement. On research, the CEC currently has two published manuscripts, five research projects in various stages of development, including three in the final stages of preparation for journal publication. They presented a poster on one of the projects at the NIEHS meeting in Philadelphia this December, and will present on another project at the International Communication Association Meeting in Prague this upcoming May. This goes a significant way towards their goal of conducting and disseminating social science research on public behaviors and perceptions towards dioxin contamination in the Tittabawassee River area in mid-Michigan. The CEC plans to have several of these papers under review in the coming months and continue their progress on the other existing projects.

The CEC has also made significant progress towards their other major aim of developing and maintaining relationships with relevant stakeholders. Three CEC members attended the State of the Bay Conference in Bay City, Michigan, where they listened to presentations and met with members of the community, local activist and conservation groups, and government officials. They have also made major progress with the "listening tour," one of their major engagement projects. This project takes members of their team to neighborhood association meetings in Saginaw, where they collect questions from local residents about the contamination and remediation going on in their communities. The CEC is currently working on using publically available data to answer these questions for residents, before disseminating this information.

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