UNC Greensboro and Cone Health have been selected for a three-year award as Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The principal investigators are Dr. Stephen J. Sills, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Housing and Community Studies; Dr. Sandra Echeverría, associate professor in the Dept. of Public Health Education; and Cone Health Healthy Communities Director Kathy Colville.
The Bingham Park research project goals are to:
1) develop and test a framework for addressing environmental justice (EJ) concerns in communities of color
2) evaluate the effectiveness of a UNCG/Cone Health community-based environmental education program
3) build the case for remediation of a Greensboro park (Bingham Park) and streams under the NC Pre-Regulatory Landfill Program.
As Echeverría explained, “I am thrilled to collaborate with my colleagues and community partners on this prestigious RWJF project. This collaboration serves as a model for new ways to conduct rigorous research while centering equity and justice.”
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