U-M Graham Institute awards CEHHS Assistant Professor grant for Health environmental justice project

June 13, 2017

CEHHS Assistant Professor, Dr. Natalie Sampson, and CASL Assistant Professor, Dr. Carmel Price, were awarded with a grant to fund their project "Climate changes health: ensuring environmental justice underlies public health's climate change work"

ANN ARBOR, MI - With a team of national partners, UM-Dearborn CEHHS Assistant Professor, Dr. Natalie Sampson, and CASL Assistant Professor, Dr. Carmel Price, were awarded with an eight-month Catalyst Grant from the U-M Graham Institute to fund their sustainability-related project "Climate changes health: ensuring environmental justice underlies public health's climate change work".

Dr. Sampson is the principal investigator of this interdisciplinary project that also includes experts from other universities and colleges, tribal agencies and non-governmental organizations.

This project will convene a summit preceding the 2017 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and draft a subsequent white paper. The event will bring together environmental justice leaders and professionals from multiple disciplines, academic institutions, and professional organizations. The approach is designed so that public health leaders can learn from leaders in frontline communities to better address climate-related health disparities in collaboration. The project also aims to increase the participation of historically underrepresented students.

“I have confidence that this will be a productive process. The team doing this work includes many new and longtime nationally renowned environmental justice activists and scholars. We hope to synthesize takeaways and resources, as well as compel new community and academic partnerships.”, said Dr. Sampson.

For the Catalyst Grants, six proposals were submitted, involving 18 faculty members/researchers from eight units.

"We're very pleased to have received so many high-quality proposals from talented faculty across campus. Important sustainability work is taking place throughout the university, and we're happy to support it," said Drew Horning, the Graham Institute's interim director.

 
More about this project at http://graham.umich.edu/activity/40659
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