Under the guidance of associate professor Dr. Sacoby Wilson from the University of Maryland School of Public Health, ten graduate and undergraduate students recently attended and presented at the 20th annual Environmental Justice Summit in North Carolina.
This annual summit is sponsored by the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network and seeks to raise public awareness about a variety of environmental inequities among underserved communities across North Carolina and the broader region. This year, the summit focused on the environmental health issues caused by Hurricane Florence.
The graduate student attendees included:
The undergraduate student attendees included:
The student presentations addressed a variety of environmental justice topics.
Students Ms. Rosemary Ezeugoh and Mr. Jan-Michael Archer presented the posted titled, “Air Quality Assessment of Particulate Matter and Volatile Organic Compounds Near a Concrete block Plant and Traffic in Bladensburg, Maryland.” Student Coline Bodenreider presented the poster title, “Assessment of Healthcare and Social, Economic, and Geographic Vulnerability Pre- and Post-Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.” Students Aubree Driver and Crystal Mehdizadeh presented the poster title, “Maryland Environmental Justice Screening Tool Utilization: A Bladensburg, Maryland Case Study.”
The students are members of the University of Maryland School of Public Health Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) Laboratory. Under the directorship of Dr. Wilson, the CEEJH laboratory emphasizes the use of Community-Based-Participatory-Research partnerships and citizen science to “inpower” communities impacted by environmental justice issues in the Washington, DC region, Southeast, Gulf Coast and other parts of the United States.
Dr. Wilson is an associate professor with the Maryland School of Public Health Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and department of epidemiology and biostatistics. As an environmental health scientist, Dr. Wilson has over 15 years of experience performing community-engaged research on environmental justice issues and health inequities.