Community Outreach and Engagement Core

As the public outreach arm of the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility, the Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) translates Center research into knowledge that can be used to improve public health across North Carolina and the United States. The COEC also actively strives to build its capacity to educate the community about how individual and group susceptibilities interact with environmental factors to cause disease.


Strategies and activities

The COEC staff has worked with Center scientists and North Carolina residents to:

  • Develop a toolbox of educational and informational materials to share innovative CEHS research with diverse adult and youth audiences.
  • Build outreach capacity in vulnerable communities through trainings for community leaders, health professionals, and educators on a variety of environmental health issues.
  • Promote dynamic communication between scientists and community stakeholders, which provides feedback on effective ways for communicating science to community audiences.
  • Participate in a variety of working groups, committees, and partnerships with state agencies and non-profit organizations to increase awareness of relevant environmental health research.
  • Utilize multimedia programming to reach broad and varied audiences with prevention messages related to environmental health.
  • Publish periodic print and online articles that highlight CEHS research and outreach activities.

To learn more about the COEC’s outreach efforts and resources for various environmental health issues, explore the links below:

Core management:

Kathleen Gray,, (919) 966-9799

Neasha Graves,, (919) 966-3746
Megan Hoert Hughes,, (919) 966-2463
Kelly Robinson,, (919) 966-7238

Funded by NIEHS Grant # P30 ES010126