Activities For The General Public

General publicPublic Activities

COEC participates in community sponsored activities through the year.  To request assistance for your project or program please contact Marti Lindsey 520-626-3692 or

The Outreach Core supports community groups in a variety of ways, to provide up to date environmental health information and access to Southwest Environmental Health researchers for presentations, information, and to answer questions of concern to groups and individuals.

Examples include:

  • Advisor, concerning community outreach, to the Joint Air Toxics Assessment Project (JATAP), which monitors air quality in South Phoenix and several American Indian communities in the Phoenix valley.
  • Information Walks at community events
  • Presentations to small and large community meetings


Unified Community Action Board of the Tucson Superfund Site

The outreach director has been a member of the Unified Community Action Board of the TCE Superfund Cleanup site in Tucson for several years.

Unifed Community Action Board meetings are held the third Wednesday of January, April, July and October. Meetings are held at the El Pueblo Activity Center, 101 West Irvington Road, Tucson, 6:00 to 8:00pm. Membership is open to all community members.

  • The COEC supported them in their desire to teach local high school students about the TCE (trichloroethylene) contamination and cleanup with an interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Set up opportunities for UCAB members, Possible Responsible Parties and EPA officials to speak to classes and groups of students and teachers.
  • Held a TCE Symposium for Sunnyside Unified School District teachers and administratiors in January 2011.
  • SWEHSC investigators and outreach core will provide education to support the need for a new plant to remove 1,4-dioxane from city water. RFG1 members will asist with presentations and materials development. To read more about the new plant click here

Gereral public

Information Walks

The most common modality is with Information Walks – where environmental health information is disseminated at various stations using interactive approaches. Other walks teach

The Asthma and Allergies Information WalkGereral public

  • Information to develop an information walk is located at, the goal of this activity is to promote sciencelearning, to young people and to the general public, using a stations approach.
  • Used to teach about asthma and allergies at the University of Arizona Saturday Academy in 2005
  • Was presented by students of Catalina Health Magnet High School to over 1000 students at the annual Health Fair of their school in 2006.
  • It has been used at the Gila River Indian Community and at the Tribal Youth Conference for several years.

The Greater Community

  • At Tucson’s citywide FunFest the COEC reaches 250 students and adults each year using an educational and entertaining activity, Lemons and Onions, based on ToxRAP.
  • The Asthma and Allergies Museum Walk was also presented to the public in May of 2006 at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.