Community Engagement Core
Building a bridge between CHHE research and our community partners and stakeholders.
The Community Engagement Core (CEC) is the bridge between CHHE research and our community partners and stakeholders. We work closely with educators and community groups in the eastern half of the state, including Durham, Raleigh and Wilmington, raising awareness of environmental health issues and increasing environmental health literacy, determining the environmental exposures faced by our partner communities in their everyday lives, and forging new paths in encouraging researchers and residents to collaborate to on environmental health research, and solve local problems.
The CEC engages in dialogue and learning, providing information, educational resources, and engagement expertise to individuals, communities, educators, and Center members to further scientific collaborations, disseminate research-based information, and develop the capacity of community members and professionals to understand and respond to environmental health concerns.
We work closely with educators and community groups in the eastern half of the state, including Durham, Raleigh, Wilmington and surrounding communities.
The CEC is led by co-Directors Andrew Binder and Katlyn (Katy) May.
Andrew Binder, PhD | firstname.lastname@example.org | 919-515-9750
Dr. Binder is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Communication whose research focuses on people’s concerns related to science, technology, and risk and understanding how people make sense of these topics. His published research has focused on a variety of issues, from public opinion of climate change, to social media conversations about nuclear power, and to community controversies surrounding the building of a new national biological research facility in the mainland United States. Dr. Binder coordinates scholarly exchanges of ideas between Center members and other researchers at NC State, consults with Center members on the integration of community engagement into their research projects, and trains Center members in social science perspectives on environmental health research.
Katlyn May | email@example.com | 919-515-2681
Ms. May is a community engagement practitioner with the Community Engagement Cores for CHHE and the Center for Environmental and Health Effects of PFAS. Katy has been with CHHE since 2015; she leads the day-to-day communication, education, and engagement efforts. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Science Education, with a focus on informal and non-formal learning interventions and public education related to environmental health literacy. Her research interests include EHL, public perceptions of environmental health, program evaluation, and effective science communication strategies.
We utilize our Stakeholder Advisory Board to inform Center research and engagement initiatives. The board is made of community-engaged professionals from groups and communities working on issues that align with CHHE research themes. They exemplify the diversity in geographic location, racial identity, and income levels of our partner communities, and provide a pulse on emerging local environmental health issues.