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December 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter December 2022- APHA Updates, News and Events • The APHA 2022 conference from November 6-9 focused on creating health equity, meaning that everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health, and confronting and acknowledging racism and bias in the U.S. This year, the theme was 150 Years of Creating the Healthiest Nation: Leading the Path Toward Equity. M-LEEaD’s Community Engagement Core Co-Leader Amy Schulz and other members were well-represented at this event with two presentations: Presentation 1: MI Future MI Power: Community mobilization and mapping to promote energy equity. Sergio Cira-Reyes from the Urban Core Collective in Grand Rapids and Amy Schulz presented on behalf... Read more

November 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter November 2022- Event updates, News features including ALS Research, MI-CARES, Detroit's Water Affordability Plan • We hope you were able to join us for some of our amazing in-person events so far this semester, including: - The Integrated Health Sciences Core hosted our 2022 Environmental Statistics Day on October 24, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Corwin Zigler from the University of Texas. Dr. Zigler presented on “Causal Inference in Air Quality Regulation: an Overview and Topics in Statistical Methodology,” and the event included an expert panel discussion with SPH faculty Sara Adar, Tim Dvonch, and Roderick Little. Watch a recording of the presentation, panel discussion, and Lighting Talks by current students and postdocs working on environmental... Read more

September 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter September 2022- New Center Scientists, Recap from EHSCC Meeting • The 2022 NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Core Centers in-person meeting was hosted by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai this past July, with stellar attendance from centers across the country. Climate change and health, translational toxicology, and environmental justice and health inequities represent important areas of scientific focus at NIEHS and were explored during the three-day meeting. Our M-LEEaD Center was well represented at the event, and highlights included: - Simone Charles presented “On The Road to Scientific Workforce Diversity: Many Paths, One Destination” - Carina Gronlund’s talk at the plenary session on Climate Change & Human Health... Read more

July 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter: July 2022- Our Center has been Renewed! • I am happy to announce NIEHS has issued the M-LEEaD Center our Notice of Award for a new 5-year cycle! Thank you to the M-LEEaD community for your hard work and dedication to the center! This renewal means our environmental health sciences core center can continue our important work improving the understanding of the contribution of environmental exposures toward the etiology of chronic diseases and throughout different lifestages. We are excited to re-energize the Center later this summer and fall and continue working on our mission! Thank you for all your hard work and patience, Dana Dolinoy, PhD M-LEEaD Center Director M-LEEaD Pilot Project... Read more

June 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter: June 2022 • M-LEEaD’s Community Engagement Core (CEC) has created new resources (hosted on the M-LEEaD website) relating to lead and water. The EPA’s new Lead & Copper Rule sets a lower limit on the amount of lead allowed in drinking water. Because of this, some Michigan residents were notified of elevated levels of lead and copper in their drinking water for the first time. The new listing of Michigan Lead & Water Resources is a great, comprehensive resource of tips and links on what to do if notified (available in English, Spanish, and Arabic). There is also a new infographic on 5... Read more

May 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter: May 2022 • M-LEEaD's recent renewal submission of the P30 Center Grant involved the re-design of our Translational Research Teams with the goal of accelerating public health impacts of the teams' work and promoting opportunities for collaboration. The last of these teams to be featured in our monthly newsletter is the Toxicological Mechanisms and Improving Health Outcomes Team. This team, led by Dr. Vasantha Padmanabhan and Dr. Laurie Svoboda, seeks to advance mechanistic toxicology research that will inform behavioral, nutritional, and pharmacologic interventions aimed at mitigating the effects of exposures in human populations. This objective is met through the use of in vitro cell... Read more

April 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter: April 2022 • Climate Change and Health Disparities Team As part of M-LEEaD's recent renewal submission of the P30 center grant, our Translational Research Teams were re-designed with the goal of accelerating public health impacts of the teams' work and promoting opportunities for collaboration. The Climate Change and Health Disparities Team's objective is to advance research to inform interventions that reduce the health impacts of climate change-related exposures and disparities within these impacts. Led by Dr. Toby Lewis and Dr. Carina Gronlund, the team works to meet this objective by using exposure assessments related to climate (such as indoor temperatures and outdoor pollen levels);... Read more

March 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter: March 2022 • Cumulative Exposures and Population Health Team M-LEEaD's recent renewal submission of the P30 Center grant included a re-design of our Translational Research Teams. The goal of this reimagination is to accelerate the public health impacts of the teams' work and promote opportunities for collaboration. The first of these teams, the Cumulative Exposures and Population Health Team, aims to understand how environmental exposures over sensitive life stage impact health. Information learned from this can then be used to inform clinical and public health interventions. The team, led by Dr. Karen Peterson and Dr. Erica Jansen, is utilizing longitudinal studies to gather data... Read more

February 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter: February 2022 • Spotlight on M-LEEaD's Translational Research Team Framework As part of M-LEEaD’s recent renewal submission of the P30 Center grant, the center has reimagined its Translational Research Teams to engage members in the acceleration of public health impacts and promote opportunities for collaboration. The Translational Research Teams, led by M-LEEaD Associate Director Vasantha Padmanabhan, will help M-LEEaD to address one of the three themes of the NIEHS's Strategic Plan: Promoting Translation – Data to Knowledge to Action. The teams will work to actively engage diverse stakeholders in identifying community priorities and create knowledge from data. Ultimately this knowledge can be used... Read more

January 2022: M-LEEaD Newsletter: January 2022 • M-LEEaD Community Engagement Core Detroit Water Shutoffs Fact Sheet Last month, the M-LEEaD Community Engagement Core (CEC) published a factsheet highlighting the issue of water shutoffs in Detroit. Detroit's water crisis is described in a 2021 publication from Moody, Easley, and Sissen, in which they detail how water shutoffs disproportionately impact non-Hispanic Black residents of the Detroit Metropolitan Area, leading to a greater public health burden in these communities. During the pandemic, water access is essential in preventing the spread of COVID-19 because it is needed for washing hands or cleaning reusable masks. Despite Governor Whitmer's executive health order, an estimated... Read more


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November 2020: M-LEEaD Symposium featured on CBC Radio

A three part Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio documentary series from Quirks & Quarks producer Sonya Buyting features M-LEEaD’s February 2020 Symposium “From PBB to PFAS: Research and Action to Address Michigan’s Large Scale Chemical Contaminations”, including an interview with keynote speaker Linda S. Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS. The series looks at emerging concerns about a huge class of chemicals used in everything from fast food packaging, to textile treatments, to non-stick cookware, to firefighting foams.

October 2020: Trish Koman on being awarded the APHA Distinguished Service Award!

Congratulations to Trish Koman, PhD, MPP, on being awarded the APHA Distinguished Service Award! The award was given in recognition of her work with the Environment Section as co-chair of the Chemicals & Health Topic Committee (National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures) since 2016, her contribution to drafting APHA public comments on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and on children’s environmental health topics, and as a result of this work, serving as an invited contributor to the University of California at San Francisco’s “Resetting the Science Agenda for Chemical Policy” working group. Trish served over 20 years as a senior environmental scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). There she served as principal author of landmark national air pollution standards for particulate matter, a standard which withstood a challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court. Since completion of her PhD, she has dedicated her career to building partnerships with community and practice organizations to continue to further environmental health research and its application to community challenges. Her deep commitment to creating opportunities for the next generation of scientists and environmental advocates is manifest in her teaching, which emphasizes the creation of opportunities for students to learn how to be effective in diverse, multi-disciplinary settings, and in the use of evidence-based pedagogy to inform environmental decision making.

Due in significant part to Trish’s leadership in developing public comments, in 2018 the Environment Section was presented with APHA’s award for advocacy. Trish continues to make substantial contributions towards environmental health policy and regulatory frameworks, and ongoing contributions to critical education for environmental literacy and advocacy make her an exceptional and deserving candidate for the Environment Section’s Distinguished Service Award!

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January 2019: Accepting Applications: Center Scientist Announcement

The Michigan Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Center is accepting applications for two Center Scientists. The Center Scientist position provides special mentorship experiences to an early stage investigator and includes a contribution to salary and benefits. The Center Scientist is expected to engage in research that addresses the goals of the M-LEEaD Center to define, explain, or mitigate impacts of environmental exposures during vulnerable stages of life.

Application due date: March 18, 2019; expected funding period: May 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020.

Click here for the full announcement and application instructions


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August 2017: COEC Co-sponsored event, The Governor’s Environmental Justice Work Group Listening Session Listening Tour – Southeast Michigan Stop

The Environmental Justice Work Group begin in April 2017 and is working to develop and provide recommendations to the Governor that improves environmental justice awareness and engagement in state and local agencies. The Work Group will examine policy and recommend for implementation environmental justice guidance, training, curriculum, and policy that further increases quality of life for all Michiganders.

The members of the Governor’s Environmental Justice Work Group are interested in hearing directly from community members about how we can work together to improve our state around environmental justice.

Southeast Michigan Session will take place at:

Monday, August 7, 2017
5:30 PM Reception
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Listening Session
River Rouge High School
Coolidge Hwy, River Rouge, MI 48218

Please visit Michigan.gov for more information about this and other Environmental Justice Work Group Listening Sessions.

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May 2017: Congratulations to Dr. Kestutis G. Bendinskas a valued M-LEEaD contributor from SUNY-Oswego!: “3 faculty earn awards for scholarly, creative activity”

In a new publication, NIEHS grantees describe a case study in multidirectional communication of environmental health science in community settings. The team emphasizes the benefits of partnerships with community groups and other stakeholders to enhance development of educational tools for Detroit area residents.

Kestas Bendinskas of chemistry and Juan Perdiguero of art have earned the President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity at SUNY Oswego, while Christopher Chandler of biological sciences received the Provost's Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.

The President's Awards honor tenured faculty for exemplary mastery of subject matter, effectiveness in teaching, and scholarly and creative achievements; the Provost's Award similarly honors a junior faculty member. Awards will be formally presented at a date to be determined.

Read more at: https://www.oswego.edu/news/story/3-faculty-earn-awards-scholarly-creative-activity.

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March 2017: Case Study Highlights How Community Partnerships Inform Research Translation

In a new publication, NIEHS grantees describe a case study in multidirectional communication of environmental health science in community settings. The team emphasizes the benefits of partnerships with community groups and other stakeholders to enhance development of educational tools for Detroit area residents.

“Stakeholder partnerships are very powerful collaborations in a research effort. For example, when the community contributes to the direction of a project, it helps to ensure their overarching needs are met at the ground level. Research that embraces this approach can often be translated to action much more quickly than if it is done in isolation” said Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) Co-lead Donele Wilkins.

Read more at: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/PEPH.

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The New York Times recently shared University of Michigan research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, on the Well Blog.

The research, led by neurologist Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., finds pesticide and other toxic environmental exposure could play a part in the onset of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s a debilitating, progressive disease without a cure.

“This is the first and very important step to identifying what specific exposures are associated with ALS - to answering the ‘why me?’ question,” Feldman says.

February 2016: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, “Flint Drinking Water Crisis: Background and Next Steps”

In a 35-minute presentation, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha describes the background to the Flint water crisis, its health effects, and proposed next steps. A Q&A follows the talk. The event was attended by 500 people in the main SPH auditorium and four overflow rooms.