Research Grants/Fellowships/SBIR

Community Outreach and Translation Core

EPA Grant Number: R833293C004
Subproject: this is subproject number 004 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R833293
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: Southern Center on Environmentally Driven Disparities in Birth Outcomes
Center Director: Miranda , Marie Lynn
Title: Community Outreach and Translation Core
Investigators: Keating, Martha H
Institution: Duke University
EPA Project Officer: Callan, Richard
Project Period: May 1, 2007 through April 30, 2012 (Extended to April 30, 2014)
RFA: Centers for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research (2005) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Children's Health , Health Effects , Health



The central objective of the Community Outreach and Translation Core (COTC) is to create, implement, and assess strategies to translate and apply the findings of the Southern Center on Environmentally-Driven Disparities in Birth Outcomes (SCEDDBO) into relevant information for women of childbearing age, families, community groups, policy makers, and health care professionals. The COTC conducts environmental health outreach and education directed at low income and minority women and their children; enhances the capacity of disadvantaged communities to understand threats posed by environmental contaminants; and provides a bridge between campus research, communities and policy makers. The specific aims of the COTC are:

  1. Support the community-based neighborhood assessment being undertaken as part of Research Projects A and B;
  2. Partner with nursing programs at Duke-affiliated hospitals to develop and present curricula to nursing students on environmental exposures and maternal and child health outcomes;
  3. Develop culturally-appropriate advisory materials on environmental contaminants for low-income expectant or nursing mothers with low English proficiency;
  4. Deliver training to local health department personnel focused on environmental factors related to maternal health and pregnancy outcomes;
  5. Participate in regional, state and federal policy dialogues to provide decision makers with policy-relevant science-based information concerning environmental exposures and health disparities related to maternal and child health and well-being; and
  6. Increase awareness of maternal health and health disparities by facilitating bi-directional exchanges between Center investigators, community members, public health advocacy groups, and policy makers.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this subproject: View all 5 publications for this subprojectView all 76 publications for this center

Supplemental Keywords:

Risk communication, outreach, translation, participatory research, built environment,

Progress and Final Reports:
2009 Progress Report

Main Center Abstract and Reports:
R833293    Southern Center on Environmentally Driven Disparities in Birth Outcomes

Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
R833293C001 Research Project A: Mapping Disparities in Birth Outcomes
R833293C002 Research Project B: Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby: Studying Racial Disparities in Birth Outcomes
R833293C003 Research Project C: Perinatal Environmental Exposure Disparity and Neonatal Respiratory Health
R833293C004 Community Outreach and Translation Core
R833293C005 Geographic Information System and Statistical Analysis Core