Community Engagement Core

Co-Directors: Carol Horowitz, MD, MPH, Maida Galvez, MD, MPH,

Project Coordinator: Luz Guel


The Community Engagement Core’s mission is to foster communication and collaboration among environmental health scientists and stakeholders (CBOs, clinicians, advocacy groups, policymakers) on the role of environmental exposures in children’s health, and strategies to build healthier environments, particularly in East Harlem and the South Bronx.

We are proud to highlight our translational work on our Educational Resources and Fact Sheets page.


Clinical Outreach


Community Engagement

Education Initiatives


Policy and Advocacy


(SAB) consists of representatives from the organizations with which we partner on educational, engagement, outreach and research initiatives.

Peggy Shepard, Executive Director, WE ACT For Environmental Justice
Maida Galvez, Past President (2013-2015), American Academy of Pediatrics Region 2

Katie Ginsberg, Executive Director, Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation

Victoria Garufi, Director of Education, Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation

Lisa Handwerker, Medical Director, Children’s Aid Society

Ray Lopez, Director of Environmental Health and Family Asthma Program, Little Sisters of the Assumption

Elizabeth Clay Roy, Chief Strategy Officer, Phipps Neighborhood

Deborah Nagin, Director of Healthy Homes Program, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Andrea Mata, Director of Community Health Initiatives, New York City Housing Authority

Rebecca Bratspies, Founding Director, CUNY Center for Urban Environmental Reform

Alison Mears, Director, Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design

Jonsara Ruth, Director, MFA Interior Design Program at Parsons School of Design