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How we serve Local Government

The Center for Public Engagement with Science convenes groups of stakeholders and conducts stakeholder engagement and research translation on a variety of topics for research centers within UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, including the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) and the UNC Superfund Research Program (SRP). By informing the public about relevant environmental health issues, we aim to enable North Carolinians to make informed decisions regarding their exposure to specific environmental influences upon disease and reducing risk.


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Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility

The UNC CEHS Community Engagement Core (CEC) connects researchers with public health professionals, stakeholder agencies and public audiences throughout NC, and fosters dialogue among Center researchers and stakeholders about research needs.

Megan Lane in lake measuring elevation for LOCSS project

Lake Observations by Citizen Scientists & Satellites (LOCSS)

We are enlisting citizen scientists to collect lake height measurements all over the world. These measurements, paired with satellite imagery of lake area, are helping us learn how water storage varies regionally.

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NC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

For over a decade, we have educated NC health professionals and residents about lead as an environmental health hazard for young children. Those efforts were recently expanded to partner with NC DHHS to implement federal guidelines aimed at protecting pregnant women and their children from lead poisoning.

Jordan Lake

Nutrient Management Study

As part of the Jordan Lake Nutrient Management Study, the Center for Public Engagement with Science (CPES) engaged key stakeholders.

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Superfund Research Program

With leading roles in the Community Engagement Core (CEC) and Research Translation (RT) team for the UNC Superfund Research Program (SRP), CPES increases understanding of harmful environmental exposures such as inorganic arsenic and develop solutions to prevent exposure to these contaminants in well water.


Made Possible by:

Funding Source

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • NC Collaboratory
  • NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Children's Environmental Health Branch