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Your Environment. Your Health.

Progress Reports: Brown University: Community Engagement Core

Superfund Research Program

Community Engagement Core

Project Leader: Scott Frickel
Grant Number: P42ES013660
Funding Period: 2005-2021
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Progress Reports

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Throughout 2019, Brown SRP Community Engagement Core (CEC) continued to make significant progress in community outreach and community-engaged research activities, even as it adapted to changes in CEC staff and developed new community partners. In May, CEC State Agency Liaison (SAL) Clara Sears, MPH, Ph.D., transitioned to a new position as Research Scientist in Epidemiology at Brown University School of Public Health. The SRP was fortunate to hire Summer Gonsalves (Brown, MPH) as our new SAL. Since joining the CEC, Summer has worked to develop new community partnerships with the Narragansett Indian Tribe and Southside Community Land Trust while maintaining existing relationships with OneCranston and Public Lab. Her outreach activities has involved organizing a Harvest Box program that delivers fresh produce and other locally sourced foods to members of the Narragansett Indian Tribe. Summer led development of educational programs for tribal elders regarding diets and health outcomes and, working with community partners OneCranston and Public Lab, published a new issue of Community Science Forum focusing on our work at the Cranston Printworks site. The Namaus (All Things Fish) Project is wrapping up data collection and analysis of contaminated fish in Narragansett tribal waters. The Ecological City Project continues to assist Rhode Island Department of Health in a study of PFAS in public wells and municipal water systems. Continuing our collaboration with Public Lab, we recently launched an interactive website, Unearthing Providence, that recovers lost knowledge of legacy industrial sites in Rhode Island (1960-2015) and will inform our community outreach activities in 2020.

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