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Progress Reports: Duke University: Community Engagement Core

Superfund Research Program

Community Engagement Core

Project Leader: Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza
Grant Number: P42ES010356
Funding Period: 2017-2022
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The Community Engagement Core (CEC) remained very active in reducing exposure from contaminants in wild caught fish (Aim 1) on the lower Cape Fear River. The team built on previous community-based participatory research with their coalition of community partners to conduct a bankside survey to understand fish consumption patterns and catch locations (Dietz & Yang 2020). The team used this data, and the funding from an administrative supplement, to collect and analyze fish tissue and water quality data. The results of these studies are being used to redesign and disseminate the “Stop, Check, Enjoy!” social marketing campaign and a school curriculum to build awareness and reduce exposure. The Duke CEC also partnered with the CECs from UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University to publish a white paper on fish consumption advisory policies and communication based on a previous, co-organized policy forum (Gray 2020). The CEC deepened partnerships with environmental justice communities near former industrial sites in NC (Aim 2), continuing their collaboration with the Town of Navassa and beginning work with Lincoln Heights in Halifax County. The team also developed and vetted a guide on redevelopment of inactive hazardous sites for community planners in North Carolina (Kastleman, in prep). For the project to reduce exposure from soil contaminants in community gardens (Aim 3), the CEC partnered with NC Cooperative Extension to develop an online tool for gardeners to identify potential sources of soil contamination and co-authored an outreach publication on reducing exposure from flood borne contaminants (Crozier 2020).

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