About the Community Outreach & Education Core

Mission & Goals


  • To promote environmental health science literacy
  • To serve as a non-biased source of scientific information to the public
  • To provide environmental health educational resources
  • To support connections between SWEHSC investigators and the community.


The Community groups that are reached are:

  • High School students

    • Research internships with SWEHSC members
    • Environmental toxicology lessons with graduate students
  • American Indian Communities

    • Environmental health information, community engagement and outreach campaigns
  • Community Action Boards for Superfund and Brownfields sites

    • Education, outreach and community engagement projects
  • Student pharmacists

    • Promote environmental health literacy among elementary students
    • Assist with outreach and education activities for the public

The COEC disseminates environmental health information aligned with the research themes of the SWEHSC and of interest to the target audiences: lung disease, the health effects of UV exposure, arsenic, trichloroethylene, and other chemicals.

To promote environmental health outreach with communities, the COEC:

  • continues to build collaborations in American Indian communities to address environmental health concerns raised by members, community leaders, and environmental quality and public health professionals
  • assesses the environmental health information needs of Arizona communities to identify topics for outreach campaigns in new areas
  • collaborates with SWEHSC members to disseminate their findings to partners and community members
  • collaborates with other University of Arizona and NIEHS outreach groups to improve the resources and information available to communities

To promote environmental health education, the COEC:

  • identifies and disseminates environmental health education resources
  • provides environmental health sciences information and expertise
  • develops new environmental health materials in partnerships