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New BU Center to Study Environmental Health Disparities

Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have received federal funding to collaborate on a new research center that will study environmental health disparities in birth weight, childhood growth trajectories, and cardiovascular mortality in Massachusetts, with a focus on housing-related exposures.

The new Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course is among five Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research jointly funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and the National Center for Environmental Research at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The five centers will work to improve health in communities overburdened by pollution and other environmental factors that contribute to health disparities. Within each center, scientists will partner with community organizations to develop culturally appropriate ways to reduce exposure to harmful environmental conditions.

“We are delighted to be awarded this grant,” said Dr. Jonathan Levy, professor of environmental health at BUSPH, who will lead the center, along with Dr. Francine Laden of Harvard. “Our center will incorporate multiple disciplines to better understand exposures and stressors in urban housing and their health consequences.”

To read more about the center, go to: http://www.bu.edu/sph/2016/05/25/new-research-center-to-study-environmental-health-disparities/