Under the guidance of Dr. Sacoby Wilson, an associate professor in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, ten University of Maryland School of Public Health graduate and undergraduate students recently presented their research 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 summit attendees included:
The undergraduate student summit attendees included:
The student presentations addressed environmental justice topics from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
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 Ms. Aubree Driver and Ms. 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. The CEEJH laboratory was founded by Dr. Wilson in 2011 and is committed to educating impacted communities about environmental justice and health issues.