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Boston University

Superfund Research Program

Community Engagement Core

Project Leader: Madeleine Kangsen Scammell
Grant Number: P42ES007381
Funding Period: 2005-2020
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Project Summary (2012-2017)

Local Partners for Hazardous Waste Assessment and Decision-Making:

Activities of the Community Engagement Core (CEC) will carry out its two general goals: (1) To work with local boards of health, community organizations and individual members of the community to create a mutual understanding of how scientific research on the effects of Superfund chemicals on reproduction and development in humans and wildlife is related to their needs and interests and how those needs and interests relate to goals of BU SRP research; (2) To increase awareness of and the utility of the research done at this and other Superfund Research Programs for our three primary communities: i) Municipal boards of health and health departments in Massachusetts ii) residents living in proximity to federal and state-designated hazardous waste sites, and iii) residents of Environmental Justice areas. This project has the following goals:

  1. Provide scientific expertise in response to community questions.
    • Improve and expand the Health and Environment Assistance Resources (HEAR) Database.
    • Distribute the Health Studies Guide, translating and making the Guide's materials available to Spanish speaking populations; and training community organizers to use the Guide. Provide exposure assessment expertise to community groups. Design and implement an environmental health "corner-store".
  2. Develop materials and implement training for municipal boards of health and health departments throughout Massachusetts on hazardous materials regulations and solid waste reduction resources. Implement trainings and workshops in hazardous waste regulations. Develop materials and workshops for Zero-waste Campaign
  3. Communicate activities of the community partners and coordinate activities with the Research Translation Core and Training Core.
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