About Us

About Us

This website concerns our work within the Duke University Superfund Research Center during its previous grant cycle from 2017-2022. Please feel free to access the resources that are here and reach out with any questions or comments: SuperfundCEC@duke.edu

The Community Engagement Core works with North Carolina communities affected by environmental contaminants, with a focus on early life exposures to chemicals that may have impacts later in life.

Questions? Contact Us!

Feel free to reach out to us with questions at SuperfundCEC@duke.edu

The CEC provides the following types of assistance to impacted communities:

— Interpreting data and communicating science
— Making expert connections
— Conducting research and synthesizing information
— Responding to environmental health questions

Communities can contact us with short-term requests for information related to environmental contamination or with proposals for longer term engagement through participatory research projects and/or education and outreach activities.

Who We Are

Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza, PhD, directs the Community Engagement Core (CEC). She has over twenty years of both applied and research experience related to community engagement. Her expertise is in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), the translation of science for low-literacy users, and in pedagogical approaches to teaching community engagement practice and theory.

Chiara Klein (Community Engagement Core) joined the Center in July 2021 and is the Program Coordinator for Community Engagement. She has a Master’s of Environmental Management degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

Sam Cohen (Research Translation Core and Community Engagement Core) joined the Superfund Research Center in July 2018 and is now a Senior Environmental Health Program Coordinator. Sam holds a Master’s of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of the Environment.

Our Community Advisory Board