Community Outreach and Research Translation Core

Community Outreach and Translation Core

The Community Outreach and Translation Core (COTC) provides a community context for the environmental health sciences research occurring within the Center and supports the Center’s goal to translate its research into public health policy and community capacity. The mission is to improve environmental health of children in low-income, urban communities of color, such as those served by the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (The Center) This is achieved through the development of bi-directional community-academic partnerships. These partnerships communicate environmental health research to community groups, policy makers, healthcare professionals and voice the community’s needs and concerns within the Center. The COTC continually raises awareness of environmental health beyond the academic community and provides an avenue for researchers to understand the environmental health needs and concerns of the community.  COTC provides four essential functions for the Center:  oversee Community Advisory and Stakeholders Board, provide Community Outreach and Engagement, develop Health Education materials, and facilitate Research Translation which influences Policy Impact.

Specific aims of the COTC are to:    

  1. Engage and expand the CASB (formerly the CAB) to include community-based organizations, NYC local community boards, environmental organizations, and NYC government agencies.
  2. Develop new educational materials that present current knowledge about the risks of endocrine disruptors and communicate the Center’s research findings through educational materials designed for local residents, community organizations, healthcare providers, and policymakers.
  3. In collaboration with the Center’s Pediatric Health Specialist, facilitate education of public health and clinical professionals working in low-income communities of color.
  4. Disseminate the Center’s findings using several communication methods.
  5. Through our partnership with WE ACT, expand the capacity of low-income communities of color to advocate for improved environmental conditions by using the Center’s scientific findings and related findings by other investigators.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH & TRANSLATION CORE

DAVID EVANS, PH.D.
COTC Co-Principal Investigator*
Professor Emeritus and Special Lecturer of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, Pediatric Pulmonary Division

PEGGY SHEPARD
COTC Co-Principal Investigator*
Executive Director
WEACT for Environmental Justice

OGONNAYA DOTSON NEWMAN, MPH
Director Environmental Health
WEACT for Environmental Justice

ALYSSA CREIGHTON, MPH
Community Outreach & Translation Core Program Coordinator
Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health

Community Advisory and Stakeholders Board (CASB)
The Center’s Community Advisory and Stakeholders Board represents Northern Manhattan and Bronx residents and includes parents, advocates for children, healthcare professionals, reproductive health advocates, research translation experts, environmentalists, and representative from local government. The bi-directional community-academic partnership is developed through regular board meetings and communications about COTC initiatives such as the organization of community briefings and development of educational materials.

Our CASB of diverse groups is united by their common concern about environmental toxins in our communities, our homes, places of work, and products we use every day. Please take a moment to learn more about each advisor and our COTC staff including our lead community partner WE ACT.

COMMUNITY ADVISERS

EKUA ANSAH-SAMUELS, MPH
Health Education Coordinator
Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership

NECOLE BROWN
Deputy Executive Director
Healthy Families Brooklyn

SHOSHANAH BROWN, MS, MBA
Executive Director
A.I.R. Harlem

KATHLEEN CARPENTER, M.S., R.D., CDN, CLC
Breastfeeding Program Coordinator
New York – Presbyterian Hospital WIC Program

JOANN CASADO, JD
Chief Compliance Officer
Urban Health Plan, Inc.

MELISSA CEBOLLERO
Director of Health and Human Services
Bronx Borough President’s Office

JESSICA CLEMENTE
Chief Executive Officer
Nos Quedamos

TEODORA EVTIMOVA, MBA
Asthma Network Coordinator
East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

ANABEL COLE
Community Outreach
Isabella Geriatric Center

ALYCIA HALLADAY, PhD
Director for Environmental Research
Autism Speaks

SERGIO MATOS
Executive Director
Community Health Worker Network of NYC

DR. ROBERTO MORAN
Dominican Medical Association, New York, Inc.

DR. FRANCISCO ROA
Dominican Medical Association, New York, Inc

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY PARTNERS

ALEJANDRA N. AGUIRRE
Program Coordinator
Columbia Community Partnership for Health
Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

CARLY HUTCHINSON, MA, MPhil
Director of Communications & Community Relations
Harlem Health Promotion Center

ALBERTA D. MORGAN
Community Health Worker
Harlem Health Promotion Center

MARICELA UREÑO, MPH
Health Coordinator
Columbia University Head Start