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Your Environment. Your Health.

Progress Reports: University of Rhode Island: Research Translation Core

Superfund Research Program

Research Translation Core

Project Leader: Judith M. Swift
Co-Investigators: Nathan Vinhateiro, Amber Neville
Grant Number: P42ES027706
Funding Period: 2017-2022
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Progress Reports

Year:   2019  2018  2017 

The Research Translation Core (RTC) has focused on expanding the Sources, Transport, Exposure & Effects of PFASs (STEEP) Superfund Research Program website, employing multimedia methodologies and focusing on an overall tone and subtext that promotes inclusion and diversity. The website has achieved phase three, which expands informational content and adds new features such as video and infographics. The RTC maintains a strong social media presence for a range of audiences (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn), which also drives specific generational users to the website. The RTC released eight short videos on the STEEP website and YouTube featuring researchers discussing what PFAS are, where they come from, impacts to human health, and ways to reduce exposure.

The RTC expanded its library of resource materials focusing on STEEP research and PFAS consumer information with additional tip cards and factsheets focused on tips for well owners, the food web, breast-feeding mothers, and more. Also available is a 40-page booklet which elucidates STEEP’s progress to date.

The RTC served the Community Engagement Core (CEC) by developing additional recruitment materials for the well water testing program and its results as well as promotional materials for the annual STEEP Science Day. The RTC team co-authored a poster with the CEC that was presented at the annual SRP Conference in Seattle. The RTC supported the Training Core, working one-on-one with trainees to improve public speaking.

The RTC sponsored several University of Rhode Island-based public lectures including attorney Robert Bilott (a leading attorney who works through the legal system to hold PFAS manufacturers accountable), Arlene Blum (Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute), and Pál Weihe (Head, Department of Occupational Medicine and Public Health).

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