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Project Publications: Northeastern University: Community Engagement Core

Superfund Research Program

Community Engagement Core

Project Leaders: Phil Brown, Carmen Milagros Velez Vega (University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus)
Co-Investigator: Julia Green Brody (Silent Spring Institute)
Grant Number: P42ES017198
Funding Period: 2014-2025
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  • Cardona-Cordero NR, Previdi IL, Torres H, Ayala I, Boronow KE, Rivera A, Meeker JD, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero JF, Brody JG, Brown P, Velez Vega CM. 2023. Mi PROTECT: A personalized smartphone platform to report back results to participants of a maternal-child and environmental health research cohort program in Puerto Rico. PLOS Digit Health 2(1):doi:10.1371/journal.pdig.0000172 PMID:36812649 PMCID:PMC9931308
  • Korfmacher KS, Brody JG. 2023. Moving forward with reporting back individual environmental health research results. Environ Health Perspect 131(12):125002. doi:10.1289/EHP12463 PMID:38095662 PMCID:PMC10720702
  • Previdi IL, Velez Vega CM, Vasques AC, Repollet EF, Zayas HR, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero JF. 2023. Lessons learned: community engagement in emergencies in Puerto Rico. Disaster Med Public Health Prep 17:e367. doi:10.1017/dmp.2022.305 PMID:36970863 PMCID:PMC10184461


  • Previdi IL, Welton M, Rivera JD, Watkins DJ, Diaz Z, Torres H, Galan C, Guilloty NI, Agosto LD, Cordero JF, Alshawabkeh AN, Velez Vega CM. 2022. The impact of natural disasters on maternal health: Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico. Children (Basel) 9(7):940. doi:10.3390/children9070940 PMID:35883924 PMCID:PMC9315789


  • Manjourides J, Zimmerman E, Watkins DJ, Carpenito T, Velez Vega CM, Huerta-Montanez G, Rosario-Pabon Z, Ayala I, Vergara C, Feric Z, Ondras M, Suh H, Gu AZ, Brown P, Cordero JF, Meeker JD, Alshawabkeh AN. 2020. Cohort profile: Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico. BMJ Open 10(7):e036389. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036389 PMID:32690520 PMCID:PMC7371225


  • Brody JG, Brown P, Morello-Frosch R. 2019. Returning chemical exposure results to individuals and communities. In: Environmental Health Literacy. Springer, pp.135-164.
  • Brown P, Clark S, Zimmerman E, Miller M, Valenti M. 2019. Health professionals' environmental health literacy. In: Environmental Health Literacy. Springer, pp.195-230.
  • Eick SM, Meeker JD, Brown P, Swartzendruber A, Rios-McConnell R, Shen Y, Milne GL, Velez-Vega C, Rosario Z, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero JF, Ferguson KK. 2019. Associations between socioeconomic status, psychosocial stress, and urinary levels of 8-iso-prostaglandin-F-2 alpha during pregnancy in Puerto Rico. Free Radic Biol Med 143:95-100. doi:10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2019.07.032 PMID:31369838 PMCID:PMC6848779
  • Ferguson KK, Rosario Z, McElrath TF, Velez-Vega C, Cordero JF, Alshawabkeh AN, Meeker JD. 2019. Demographic risk factors for adverse birth outcomes in Puerto Rico in the PROTECT cohort. PLoS One 14(6):e0217770. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0217770 PMID:31194765 PMCID:PMC6564423
  • Ferguson KK, Rosen EM, Rosario Z, Feric Z, Calafat AM, McElrath TF, Velez Vega CM, Cordero JF, Alshawabkeh AN, Meeker JD. 2019. Environmental phthalate exposure and preterm birth in the PROTECT birth cohort. Environ Int 132:105099. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2019.105099 PMID:31430608 PMCID:PMC6754790
  • Watkins DJ, Velez Vega CM, Rosario Z, Cordero JF, Alshawabkeh AN, Meeker JD. 2019. Preliminary assessment of exposure to persistent organic pollutants among pregnant women in Puerto Rico. Int J Hyg Environ Health 222:327-331. doi:10.1016/j.ijheh.2019.02.001 PMID:30738742 PMCID:PMC6408968


  • Ashrap P, Watkins DJ, Calafat AM, Ye X, Rosario Z, Brown P, Velez Vega CM, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero JF, Meeker JD. 2018. Elevated concentrations of urinary triclocarban, phenol and paraben among pregnant women in Northern Puerto Rico: predictors and trends. Environ Int 121:990-1002. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2018.08.020 PMID:30316544
  • Bedrosian LD, Ferguson KK, Cantonwine DE, McElrath TF, Meeker JD. 2018. Urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations in relation to levels of circulating matrix metalloproteinases in pregnant women. Sci Total Environ 613-614:1349-1352. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.09.244 PMID:28968947 PMCID:PMC5681360
  • Brown P, Velez Vega CM, Murphy C, Welton M, Torres H, Rosario Z, Alshawabkeh AN, Cordero JF, Padilla IY, Meeker JD. 2018. Hurricanes and the environmental justice island: Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico. Environ Justice 11(4):148-153. doi:10.1089/env.2018.0003 PMID:31131071 PMCID:PMC6114726
  • Zimmerman E, Borkowski C, Clark S, Brown P. 2018. Educating speech-language pathologists working in early intervention on environmental health. BMC Med Educ 18(1):155. doi:10.1186/s12909-018-1266-3 PMID:29970068 PMCID:PMC6029042


  • Cardona-Cordero NR, Velez Vega CM, Cordero JF, Rosario Z, Murphy C, Mattei H, Meeker JD, Alshawabkeh AN, Vergara C. 2017. Social determinants of contaminant exposure and pregnancy in the northern karst of Puerto Rico. In: Karst Groundwater Contamination and Public Health: Beyond Case Studies. Springer, New York, NY. pp.169-175.
  • Cordero JF, Meeker JD, Loch-Caruso R, Giese RW, Padilla IY, Vesper D, Kaeli D, Sheahan TC, Brown P, Velez Vega CM, Alshawabkeh AN. 2017. Team science applied to environmental health research: karst hydrogeology and preterm birth in Puerto Rico. In: Karst Groundwater Contamination and Public Health: Beyond Case Studies. Springer, New York, NY. pp.17-25.


  • McIntosh S, Perez-Ramos J, Demment MM, Velez Vega CM, Avendano E, Ossip DJ, Dye TD. 2016. Development and implementation of culturally tailored offline mobile health surveys. JMIR Public Health Surveill 2(1):e28. doi:10.2196/publichealth.5408 PMID:27256208 PMCID:PMC4911512
  • Velez Vega CM, Brown P, Murphy C, Figueroa A, Cordero JF, Alshawabkeh AN. 2016. Community engagement and research translation in Puerto Rico's Northern Karst Region: the PROTECT Superfund research program. New Solut 26(3):475-495. doi:10.1177/1048291116667715
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