Community Outreach and Engagement Core
The COEC held the first of multiple focus groups with traditional and subsistence fishermen as part of its ongoing Fish Consumption Advisory Project. On December 1, the COEC met with members of the Jordan Lake Striper Club to discuss how to improve the communication of North Carolina’s fish consumption advisories. Focus groups with other affected communities will continue in January and February.
The COEC contributed to the December submission of a proposal to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) for the funding of a Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research on Chronic Disease Prevention, an effort led by Cathrine Hoyo and involving researchers from NC State, Duke, UNC, and NCCU. With the funding, the COEC will help implement and disseminate information related to intervention strategies to reduce toxic metal exposures in Durham communities in collaboration with community partners.
The COEC, several CHHE scientists and other researchers from NC State, and representatives from the NC Department of Health and Human Services and NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services wrapped up 2015 discussing outreach efforts regarding the potential health effects associated with glyphosate.