The Community Engagement Core (CEC) is the bridge between CHHE research and our stakeholders and community partners. The CEC focuses specifically on supporting educators and community groups in the eastern half of the state, including Durham, Raleigh, and Wilmington, providing them with the research and resources to address local environmental health issues. We utilize our Stakeholder Advisory Board to inform Center research and provide critical community insights.
In keeping with CHHE’s mission to understand, reduce, and prevent the negative impacts of environmental factors on human health, CEC activities cover four areas:
(1) building partnerships between researchers and stakeholders (teachers, community groups, etc.),
(2) forging new paths in collaboration between researchers and residents to solve local problems,
(3) addressing environmental health literacy through communication and education around environmental health science, and
(4) sharing ideas and best practices with other community engagement professionals.
Housed at NC State University, the CHHE has more than 60 members from NC State, NC Central, ECU, and NC DHHS working together to address some of today’s biggest environmental health concerns.
Watch Our Center Director Dr. Robert Smart as he discusses his role at the CHHE.
With research areas ranging from soil science, to toxicology, veterinary science, to epidemiology, and almost everything in between, the CHHE enhances environmental health research within the Center, University, and the state.
The CHHE’s Community Engagement Core (CEC) works to translate and get this research out to North Carolina’s impacted communities and facilitates two-way communication and collaboration between our scientists and our community partners.