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July 2020: Pilot Project Awardees

The Mount Sinai NIEHS Core Center has announced the awardees for the (Round 1) 2020 call for Pilot Grant proposals. The Center’s mission is to increase the Environmental Health (EH) research portfolio at Mount Sinai and to bring non-EH researchers into the field through new transdisciplinary collaborations.

 

Seven $25,000 grant were awarded. To learn more about the funded the research projects for this year, visit our Funded Pilot Projects page.

June 2020: Prescriptions for Prevention Featured in NIEHS Newsletter

top photo: The Mount Sinai team, bottom photo: Lauren Zajac, M.D., M.P.H., examining a child

The NIEHS July Newsletter highlighted the Prescriptions for Prevention, an online public education tool. The RXs for Prevention are a result of a partnership between NIEHS’s Community Engagement Cores and several regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) across the country. The prescriptions are short, downloadable documents that have two parts: an action plan and a list of additional resources. Each prescription educates both clinicians and families about how environmental exposures impact children’s health. The prescriptions also provide clinicians with an easy method to counsel and refer families to needed community resources. The partnership connects the dots among researchers, clinicians, and community partners by incorporating environmental health into routine pediatric care. To read the newsletter click here.

March 2020: Pilot Projects Program Announces 8th Call for Applications

The Mount Sinai Transdisciplinary Center announced its eighth call for Pilot Grant proposals. The Center’s mission is to increase the Environmental Health (EH) research portfolio at Mount Sinai and to bring non-EH researchers into the field through new transdisciplinary collaborations. TCEEE plans to award a total of $145,000 in pilot funding for this round. Applications can be made to either the $70,000 or $25,000 grant program. Awards will be granted based on the availability of funds. To learn more go to our 2020 Pilot Projects Program page.

February 2020: Clinical Climate Change Conference

Approximately 150 physicians, researchers, and allied health professionals attended the January 24, 2020 Clinical Climate Change Conference, representing more than 60 institutions across sectors.  Now in its second year, the conference is convened by the Mount Sinai Institute for Exposomic Research, and this year’s partners included the American Lung Association, American Public Health Association, and the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary.  Speakers included environmental justice advocates and leaders in the study of environmental medicine and public health, including a representative from TCEEE stakeholder advisory board (WE ACT) and TCEEE members Robert Wright, Nicholas DeFelice, Allan Just, Roberto Lucchini, Erin Thanik, Perry Sheffield, and Lauren Zajac. This CME event provided attendees with a base of up-to-date evidence to inform patient treatment and care, especially for vulnerable populations, including the elderly, children, and individuals who work outdoors. A patient education poster for health care settings was developed for the conference and distributed to attendees. Videos of key presentations are available at https://www.clinicalclimatechange.com/2020.

Fitness Zone Constructed at NYCHA George Washington Carver Houses

Trust for Public Land, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Carver Houses Tenant Association, and the Mount Sinai CTSA (collaboration with the Social Determinants of Health Accelerator) collaborated on the installation of a “Fitness Zone” in East Harlem to provide free outdoor fitness equipment designed to be accessible to adults of all ages and physical abilities. Members of the community came together on January 09, 2020 to celebrate the completion of the “Fitness Zone”. To complete this project our group secured $150,000 in funding. Our group applied for additional funding to train a group of Carver Houses residents as Fitness Zone ambassadors, and provide a stipend to activate the space with the assistance of more experienced Revolutionary Fitness (local fitness group) trainers who would also lead a set number of activities onsite each week/month.

November 2019: Gunma Exposome Symposium

Drs Robert Wright (P30 Director)  and Douglas Walker (P30 Center Scientist) participated in the 2nd  International ExposomeSymposium and Retreat of the Gunma University Initiative for Advanced Research in Japan on November 13, 2019. Dr Wright spoke on integrating exposomics into precision medicine initiatives and differences between these types of research questions and epidemiologic approaches. Dr Walker spoke on High Resolution metabolomics: Advanced blood chemistry for measuring the human exposome and recent advances his lab has made in measuring exogenous chemicals with gas chromatography coupled with high resolution mass spectrometry. Other speakers form Stockholm University, the Karolinska Institute, University of Eastern Finland, University of British Columbia, Harvard and UCSF among other participated as well. A wide range of topics ranging from methodological approaches to chemical analysis and identification to clinical applications of exposomics were covered.  The symposium was followed by a day long retreat in the mountains of central Japan with discussion on the future of exposomics including how (or if) to incorporate and integrate measures of the external exposome with untargeted chemical assays. A white paper of these discussions is now planned.

November 2019: “My NYC Air: Environmental Health & Justice Training”

Students from Brooklyn Collaborative receive certificate of training completion.

The Mount Sinai TCEEE Community Engagement Core and NYCDOHMH have been leading community science trainings that provide our community members with the training tools to increase community participation in acquiring, interpreting, and communicating air quality data. Using a free online crowd-source survey tool, we are partnering with groups to create a “My NYC Air” survey tailored to the needs of the community to collect environmental data on neighborhood air quality-related health concerns and sources of air pollution. Over the course of the pilot program, participants are trained in  environmental health and justice, community science data collection, and research to action! Over 80 students and community members have been trained in community science research.