Core D: Community Engagement Core
The Community Engagement Core (CEC) partners with individuals and communities in proximity to or otherwise affected by hazardous waste sites and environmental pollutants and with more specialized local groups such as community action and service groups in such locations. Key partnerships with the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service (KY-CES) agents, health care professional groups such as physicians, nurses, and dietitians including those at county and district health departments, and EPA and ATSDR personnel help facilitate community-based participatory processes. The CEC’s programs and activities are designed to meet the community’s needs and are evaluated by measuring outcomes that demonstrate community sustainability and improved knowledge, attitudes, and health behaviors focused on reducing health risks associated with exposure to Superfund environmental pollutants. The aim of the CEC is to empower affected individuals and communities to take proactive steps in regard to their own health by drawing on the strength and findings of the nutrition-related research of the overall program and on the nutritional and scientific expertise within UK-SRC.
The UK-SRC Community Engagement Core seeks to:
- To establish trust with and assess the needs of affected communities with consideration of sensitive issues;
- To engage individuals, communities, health professionals, trusted community leaders, KY-CES agents, EPA and ATSDR personnel, and other partners to work together through multi-directional exchanges to guarantee effective communication and to build capacity;
- To inform and translate the research information from UK-SRC researchers through community-requested activities across the lifespan and promote systems and environmental changes to maximize reach and impact;
- To provide community feedback to UK-SRC’s researchers to develop safe, evidenced-based nutrition and environmental strategies that reduce the toxicity of PCB’s and related compounds.
Publications, Posters, and Presentations
Educational Handouts and Research Briefs
- BerryCare: Protection from Pollution with Phytonutrient-Rich Berries (ID-257)
- BerryCare: When Blackberries and Other Berries are in Season (ID-256)
- BerryCare: Building a Blackberry Community (ID-255)
- Body Balance: Protect Your Body from Pollution with a Healthy Lifestyle
- Body Balance: The Connection between Pollution and Nutrition (FCS3-596)
- Body Balance: Cut Down on Environmental Pollutants in Your Food (FCS3-597)
- Body Balance: Make Your Plate a Rainbow (FCS3-598)
- Body Balance: Healthy Ways to Flavor Your Food (FCS3-599)
- Body Balance: Fundamentals of Fermented Food (FCS3-600)
- Body Balance: Picking out Produce: All About Organic and Conventional Food (FCS3-601)
- Body Balance: Safe Storage for Food and Drink (FCS3-602)
- Body Balance: Nutritious Nuts and Seeds (FCS3-603)
- NIEHS Superfund Research Program Research Brief 235: Reducing the Risk of PCB-associated Type 2 Diabetes with Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
- Hazardous Chemicals and Your Body: Eating Right for a Healthier You (CES Booklet)
- Hazardous Chemicals and Your Body: Eating Right for a Healthier You (CES Technical Document)
- Fruit and Vegetable Tips
- What's on Your Plate
- Brewer D, Travis E, Koempel A, Ormsbee L and Pennell K. 2019. Community Forum Identifies Opportunities to Engage with Community Leaders about Chronic Disease and Environmental Pollution in Eastern Kentucky. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, April 2019.
- Brewer D, Bellamy H, Hoover A, Koempel A, Gaetke L. 2019. Nutrition and Environmental Pollution Extension Curriculum Improved Behaviors and Environmental Health Literacy. Environmental Health Insights, March 2019.
- Dunn, K, Gaetke, L, Stephenson, T, Brewer D. 2017. Older Adults' Perceptions of Nutrition as Protective Against Detrimental Effects of Environmental Pollution. Journal of Extension, 55(4): 4RIB7.
- Jones EW, Feng L, Dixon JP, Hofe CR, Gaetke LM. 2016. Nutrition and Other Protective Behaviors Motivated by Environmental Health Risk Awareness. The Open Nutrition Journal, 10: 1-12.
- Brewer D, Dickens E, Humphrey A, Stephenson T. 2016. Increased Fruit and Vegetable Intake among Older Adults Participating in Kentucky's Congregate Meal Site Program. Educational Gerontology, 42(11): 771-784.
- Brewer D, Hershberger S, Gaetke L. 2016. Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act Increases Phytochemicals in Menus and Curriculum Furthers Identification of Phytochemical-Rich Foods. Journal of Nutritional Health & Food Science, 4(1).
- Hofe CR, Feng L, Zephyr D, Stromberg AJ, Hennig B, Gaetke LM. 2014. Fruit and vegetable intake, as reflected by serum carotenoid concentrations, predicts reduced probability of polychlorinated biphenyl–associated risk for type 2 diabetes: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-2004. Nutrition Research, 34(4): 285-93.
- Koempel A, Brewer D, Horn V, Blackburn K, Stiltner S. Environmental Pollution Knowledge was Similar Among Youth Aged 5-13 Years Old. Poster presentation, Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting, November 2018.
- McHugh K, Horn V, Koempel A, Stephenson T, Brewer D. Walking Program with Vouchers Increased HDL Cholesterol Among Appalachians. Poster presentation, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, October 2018.
- Stiltner S, Koempel A, Horn V, Blackburn K, Brewer D. Characterization of Carotenoid Status and BMI among Rural Appalachian Youth Participating in a Farm and Nutrition Education Camp in Eastern Kentucky. Poster presentation, Appalachian Translational Research Network Health Summit, September 2018.
- McHugh K, Koempel A, Stephenson T, Brewer D. Tanglewood Trail Walking and Voucher Program. Poster presentation, Appalachian Translational Research Network Health Summit, September 2018.
- Koempel A, Brewer D, McHugh K, Horn V. Walking for Local Produce in Rural Kentucky: A Qualitative Review. Poster presentation, Appalachian Translational Research Network Health Summit, September 2018.
- Brewer D, Koempel A, McHugh K. BerryCare: Community Partnerships to Increase Consumption of Phytonutrient-rich Blackberries among Older Adults. Poster presentation, Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting, December 2017.
- Brewer D, Travis E, Petriello M, Pennell K, Hoover A, Hilt Z, Ormsbee L. Appalachian Health and Well-being Forum. Poster presentation, Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting, December 2016.
Partner with Cooperative Extension Service Family and Consumer Science
Engage with Vulnerable Older Adults Attending Senior Centers for Community Intervention Project
For more information visit the BerryCare Program page.
Provide Nutrition Education and Recipe Demonstrations to Community Members in Eastern Kentucky
|Promote Physical Activity and Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in Eastern Kentucky
For more information, visit the Tanglewood Trail Walking Program page.
Support our Community Partners
For more information on CEC programs, or to schedule a UK-SRC Community Engagement Core representative to speak at your event, contact Dawn Brewer at 859-257-1661.