Category Archives: Enrichment Core F (Community Engagement)

PROTECT & CRECE Provide Community Support for Puerto Rico Following Devastation Caused by Hurricanes Irma & Maria

Since Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico in late September, the PROTECT and CRECE Centers have been collaborating with outside groups to ensure the safety and welfare of team members, community health center partners, and members of the surrounding associated communities. The PROTECT and CRECE teams have research partnerships with four Federally Qualified Community […]

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Brown featured in NIEHS “Grantee Highlights” Archive for work with PROTECT

A National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) post titled, “Understanding Community Awareness and Actions on Environmental Health Issues,” highlights the work of Dr. Phil Brown, director of the Research Translation Core (RTC) and co-director of the Community Engagement Core (CEC) for PROTECT and co-director of the Community Outreach and Translation Core (COTC) of CRECE. The piece was […]

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PROTECT Trainee Nancy Cardona-Cordero Receives KC Donnelly Externship

Nancy Cardona-Cordero, PROTECT trainee at the University of Puerto Rico, has been honored with a K.C. Donnelly Externship Award Supplement, which provides funding to Superfund Research Program trainees to expand their research experience at another institution. Cardona-Cordero will spend her externship at the University of Arizona Superfund Research Program, where she will develop training programs for stakeholder’s […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Team Members Present at Ibero-American Conference of Health-Promoting Universities in Spain

From June 26th to 30th, 2017, PROTECT and CRECE Team members Carmen Vélez-Vega, Hector Torres, and Colleen Murphy attended the 8th Ibero-American Conference of Health-Promoting Universities where they presented on four different posters. Covered in the team members’ presentations was research from PROTECT, CRECE, and The Zika in Infants and Pregnancy (ZIP) study. Carmen Vélez-Vega […]

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Vélez-Vega featured in NIEHS “Grantee Highlights” Archive for work with PROTECT

A National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) post titled, “Establishing Partnerships to Address Environmental Health Concerns for Pregnant Women and Children in Puerto Rico,” highlights the work of Carmen Vélez-Vega, Co-Leader of PROTECT’s Community Engagement Core (CEC) and CRECE’s Community Outreach and Translation Core (COTC). The piece was posted on June 21st, 2017 in […]

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NIEHS Director Joins PROTECT and CRECE in Puerto Rico for Community Environmental Health Forum

In late March of 2017, the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Dr. Linda Birnbaum, visited Puerto Rico to participate in a community forum on environmental health issues which was held in San Juan. On the evening before the forum, PROTECT and CRECE team members had the honor of meeting with Dr. Birnbaum […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Honor Community Health Centers at Annual Retreat

As part of the 2017 Annual Retreat, PROTECT and CRECE held a ceremony to honor the Federally Qualified Community Health Centers and other community partners that have been instrumental in advancing both centers’ work in Puerto Rico. The ceremony, which was held on February 17th in San Juan, brought together community partners, researchers, scientific advisory […]

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2017 Check-In: PROTECT Continues Successful Community Engagement in Puerto Rico

Since the center’s inception in 2010, PROTECT has strived to establish partnerships in Puerto Rico with study participants, the community, and the March of Dimes – networks of connection forged in an effort to positively influence the health of the community. Highlighted in this article are some of the significant community engagement steps that the […]

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Vélez Vega and Cordero Present at American Public Health Association’s Annual Conference

Several leaders of PROTECT and CRECE presented at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado on the 1st and 2nd of November, 2016. The theme of this five day conference was, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health,” and it brought together more than 12,000 public health professionals from around […]

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March of Dimes 2016 Report Card Shows Preterm Birth Increasing Nationally while Decreasing in Puerto Rico

On November 1st, the March of Dimes kicked off Prematurity Awareness Month by releasing their eighth annual Premature Birth Report Card  for the US and Puerto Rico. The report brought promising news for Puerto Rico, awarding the region a grade improvement for the first time in the report card’s history. Puerto Rico’s preterm birth rate […]

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Members of PROTECT and CRECE meet with Caribbean EPA Director

On Wednesday, August 24th, PROTECT and CRECE team members in Puerto Rico met with Carmen Guerrero Pérez, the Director of the EPA’s Caribbean Environmental Protection Division–a department covering all of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition to the Director, the meeting was attended by Carmen Milagros Vélez Vega (Community Engagement Core Leader […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Participate in March of Dimes March for Babies Event in San Juan

On Sunday, June 26th, members of the PROTECT and CRECE Team participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Chapter of the March of Dimes works to reduce the rate of preterm birth on the island, which in 2014 was 12% of all births. Members of […]

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Dr. Carmen Vélez Vega and Trainee Colleen Murphy Collaborate with Undergraduate Students from University of Puerto Rico—Mayaguez

On March 1, 2016, Community Engagement Core (CEC) Co-Leader Dr. Vélez Vega and trainee Colleen Murphy joined three undergraduate civil engineering students from the University of Puerto Rico—Mayaguez to discuss community engagement for a project the students have been independently conducting with a community in Añasco, Puerto Rico. Nerida De Jesus Villanueva, Angeliz Vargas Medina, […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Provide Education on Zika Prevention

As peak mosquito season approaches, PROTECT and CRECE have continued to reach out to local communities to provide education on Zika virus prevention. Community Engagement Core members Dr. Carmen Vélez Vega, Dr. Gredia Huertas, Abigail Figueroa, and trainee Colleen Murphy were invited to the Arecibo Campus of Eastern University, a private institution, to provide information […]

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Dr. Vélez Vega and Trainee Colleen Murphy Present at 2nd Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium and UNYTE Scientific Session

Dr. Vélez Vega, Co-Leader of the Community Engagement Core, and trainee Colleen Murphy represented PROTECT at the 2nd Annual Rochester Global Health Symposium and UNYTE Scientific Session on April 21st, 2016. The theme of the conference was “Innovative Solutions to Combat Global Health Disparities.” Dr. Vélez Vega participated in a panel called “Hot Topics: Lessons Learned,” […]

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Dr. Vélez Vega Presents at the 2016 Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Dr. Carmen M. Vélez Vega, Community Engagement Core Co-Leader, presented research findings at the 2016 Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference. The Conference, held from April 9th to 11th in San Francisco, focused on sustainable solutions to global health issues. Dr. Vélez Vega presented the results from a study completed in collaboration with […]

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Puerto Rico Prepares for Zika Epidemic

By the end of 2016, 25% of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million inhabitants are expected to become infected with the Zika virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To help prevent the spread of the mosquito that carries Zika, local governments — along with the CDC — are spraying communities with insecticides, removing […]

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PROTECT’s Dr. José Cordero Appears on NPR to Discuss Puerto Rico’s Efforts Against the Zika Virus

Dr. José Cordero, PROTECT Co-Director and leader of the Human Subjects and Sampling Core, appeared on NPR’s “Here & Now” on February 3rd to discuss Puerto Rico’s efforts against the spread of the Zika virus. Listen to the segment below, or visit this website to learn more. Zika is a tropical disease transmitted by mosquitos that typically causes […]

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PROTECT and CRECE Work With Local Physicians to Inform Participants About the Zika Virus in Puerto Rico

With the arrival of the Zika virus in Puerto Rico, both PROTECT and CRECE (Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico) have begun reaching out to participants, healthcare professionals, and local communities to provide education and support. Zika, which originated in Africa and spread to South America in 2015, is […]

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PROTECT Wins the People’s Choice Award at the EPA Community Involvement Training Conference

We are proud to announce that PROTECT has won The People’s Choice Award at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 14th Community Involvement Training Conference, held on August 4 – 6, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia. This dynamic conference brought together more than 450 participants from the EPA and the Agency’s partners and stakeholders who plan […]

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PROTECT Researchers Partner with March of Dimes in San Juan

  On June 28, 2015, PROTECT partnered with the March of Dimes Puerto Rico chapter for the “March for Babies” in San Juan, Puerto Rico to raise awareness of preterm birth on the island. PROTECT Co-Director, Dr. José F. Cordero and Core C Director, Dr. Liza Anzalota led the team along with PROTECT team members, […]

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Phil Brown Wins NIEHS Training Grant for Transdisciplinary Training at the Intersection of Environmental Health and Social Science

Dr. Phil Brown, Director of the Research Translation Core and Co-Director of the Community Engagement Core, has received a highly competitive T32 training grant from National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for Transdisciplinary Training at the Intersection of Environmental Health and Social Science. The program is co-directed by Northeastern University’s Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute and Silent […]

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Landmark Conference on Social Science-Environmental Health Collaborations

On May 21-22, 2015, the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI), in partnership with the Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT) and Silent Spring Institute hosted the first ever Social Science-Environmental Health Interdisciplinary Collaborations Conference at Northeastern University. This two-day conference brought together approximately 100 scholars, government agency professionals, community organizers, and […]

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Phil Brown Wins NSF Grant to Study Perfluorinated Chemicals

Phil Brown, Director of the Research Translation Core and Co-Director of the Community Engagement Core, has received a $343,163 grant from the National Science Foundation to study  “Perfluorinated Chemicals: The Social Discovery of a Class of Emerging Contaminants.” His project investigates the social discovery, scientific controversies, and regulatory issues of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), which are […]

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PROTECT RTC-CEC Leader Phil Brown Receives Prestigious ASA Practice and Outreach Award

PROTECT is proud to announce that Dr. Phil Brown, sociologist and environmental justice advocate and PROTECT Community Engagement and Research Translation Core leader, will be the 2015 recipient of the American Sociological Association’s Environment and Technology Section’s Practice and Outreach Award. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Brown has worked with community groups, environmental justice […]

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Over 60 attend 5th annual PROTECT retreat in Dorado, Puerto Rico

On January 16th and 17th, PROTECT researchers, trainees, administrators, advisers, colleagues and guests gathered at the Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar in Dorado, Puerto Rico for the 5th annual PROTECT retreat to discuss research progress. This year’s theme focused on celebrating trainee achievements; over 20 trainees from across the five participating universities were in attendance. […]

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Prof. Phil Brown appointed to NIEHS Council

Professor Phil Brown, Research Translation Core Leader and Community Engagement Core Co-Leader, has been appointed to the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council through 2018. The NAEHSC is a Congressionally mandated body that advises the secretary of HHS, the director of NIH, and the director of the NIEHS on matters relating to the direction of research, […]

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PROTECT researcher Anzalota gives talk at Minority Health & Health Disparities conference

Dr. Liza Anzalota, Human Subjects Core Director and Community Engagement Core Liaison at the University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus, gave a talk at the 2014 Minority Health & Health Disparities conference in December entitled, “Transdisciplinary Collaborations to Increase Awareness of Preterm Birch in Puerto Rico: Lessons Learned from the PROTECT Participants and the Community” […]

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Community Engagement Core Advisory Committee convenes at the Manatí Medical Center

 On Monday, November 24, 2014, the PROTECT Community Engagement Core and Human Subjects and Sampling Cores convened a meeting of the Community Engagement Advisory Committee at the Manatí Medical Center.   This meeting was organized with the support of the Manatí Medical Center Community Relations Department. The meeting centered on providing a overview of the […]

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Phil Brown joins Scientific Advisory Panel of the Breast Cancer Fund

Phil Brown, Research Translation Core Leader and Community Engagement Core Co-Leader, recently accepted an invitation to join the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Breast Cancer Fund, a leading environmental health organization. The Breast Cancer Fund’s mission is to prevent breast cancer by eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.  In developing […]

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Phil Brown and colleagues receive NIEHS Conference Grant

NIEHS has awarded Phil Brown (Co-Leader of PROTECT’s Research Translation and Community Engagement Cores) and the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University a conference grant for Social Science-Environmental Health Interdisciplinary Collaborations. Silent Spring Institute, our collaborator on the Community Engagement Core, is also involved in the conference. This conference, to be held […]

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PROTECT Center well-represented at the EPA Region 2 Caribbean Science Workshop

The PROTECT Center was well-represented at the recent EPA Region 2 Caribbean Science Consortium/Non-PRASA Systems Workshop that was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico on September 11th and 12th, 2014. Afterwards, many people, including from EPA and local agencies, expressed how impressed they were with the programs. The first day of the conference focused on […]

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Puerto Rico Task Force for Preterm Birth honored by March of Dimes

The Puerto Rico Task Force for Preterm Birth was recently recognized by the local March of Dimes chapter for its effort to improve maternal health and reduce infant mortality in Puerto Rico. PROTECT’s José F. Cordero, MD, MPH (Co-Director, Core B Co-Leader, and Core C Leader) and Liza Anzalota, MD, MPH (Core C Study Director) are both […]

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PROTECT Researcher Visits Clinics to Discuss Challenges in Maternal Immunization

Dr. Liza Anzalota Del Toro, MD, MPH (Cores C and F) recently visited PRYMED (Ciales) and Morovis Community Health Center in Puerto Rico to discuss challenges in maternal immunization. Both clinics participate in PROTECT by referring their pregnant patients to Dr. Anzalota and colleagues.       Meeting with Head Nurse, Health Educator and Executive […]

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June 2014 Spotlight: PROTECT awarded five-year renewal grant

PROTECT has received a five-year, $13.5 million renewal award from the National Institutes of Health to continue its interdisciplinary investigation into the complex relationship between contamination and preterm birth. Click here to access the full article.

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