Mr. Frank Stillo, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a prestigious student grant award to research public health communications related to clean water access in North Carolina.
Mr. Stillo, who also is an environmental specialist in UNC’s department of environment, health and safety, was selected for funding through the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute–Sea Grant North Carolina Joint Diversity Graduate Student Research Funding Opportunity.
His proposal is titled, “Racial Disparities in Access to Clean Water in North Carolina: Communicating Health Risk to Private Well Owners.”
“We look to further our research to help private well owners in African-American communities in our state ensure that they have access to safe drinking water,” Mr. Stillo said.
The funding, which is in the amount of $10,000, began July 17. Mr. Stillo will use the award to continue previous work on water equity that he conducted with Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC.
“Frank’s research has led the way in understanding challenges to drinking water safety in local African-American communities that have long been excluded from municipal services,” said Dr. MacDonald Gibson. “This funding is vital in supporting his outreach efforts to these communities to help affected households ensure the safety of their drinking water.”
[Photo: Mr. Frank Stillo (left) and Dr. Jackie MacDonald Gibson (center) discuss a plan to test the well water for a rural North Carolina homeowner.]