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Emerging Trends & Topics Webinar: Environmental Justice & Community-Engaged Research in Communities of Color

Posted by on October 12th, 2020 Posted in: Continuing Education


Please join us for the NNLM’s first webinar in the Emerging Trends and Topics series. This webinar will feature Dr. Sacoby Wilson, founder of the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health Lab (CEEJHLab).  The CEEJHLab advances environmental justice through citizen/community science participation.

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 20, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST.

Description: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and low-wealth communities have been shown to host disproportionate numbers of environmental hazards and Locally Undesirable Land Uses (LULUs) including landfills, incinerators, petrochemical operations, refineries, industrial animal operations, among other uses. This proportionate burden is known as environmental injustice which is caused by racism embedded in our social, economic, planning, and environmental policies. These LULUs emit pollutants to the air, water, and soil that can have deleterious effects on the environment and human health. Studies have shown that host communities experience higher rates of asthma, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and also COVID-19 cases.

In this presentation, Dr. Wilson will talk about how community-engaged research approaches including community-university partnerships, public science, citizen science, and community-owned and managed research (COMR) can be used to study and address these issues. He will highlight examples from his work in the Washington, DC region, the Southeast, the Deep South, and the Gulf Coast.

By the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Define environmental justice
  • Apply the environmental justice framework to everyday issues
  • Identify different types of community engaged research approaches
  • Discuss how these approaches can be used in communities with air pollution problems.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Sacoby Wilson is an Associate Professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College Park. He is the Director of the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health https://www.ceejhlab.org/(CEEJH) laboratory. CEEJH is focused on providing technical assistance and research support to communities fighting against environmental injustice and environmental health disparities in the DMV region and across the nation. Dr. Wilson has over 15 years of experience as an environmental health scientist in the areas of exposure science, environmental justice, environmental health disparities, community-engaged research including crowd science and community-based participatory research (CBPR), water quality analysis, air pollution studies, built environment, industrial animal production, climate change, community resiliency, and sustainability. He works primarily in partnership with community-based organizations to study and address environmental justice and health issues and translate research to action.

Registration: Click here to register.

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