Teens pose in smoky air wearing masks and holding signs that say "I love my airshed" and "color out smoke"

Fostering bi-directional capacity-building between Center researchers and public stakeholders.

Our Community Engagement Core (CEC) focuses on building capacity and facilitating collaborations through internal investments, external partnerships, and investing in the next generation of environmental health researchers. The Center is focusing on cutting edge, dynamic areas of science (epigenetics, metabolomics, and nanotoxicology) and it is essential, now more than ever, to keep the public engaged in the promise and future of research. We believe our role is as catalyst and connector to meet the needs and interests of trainees, Environmental Health Science (EHS) and Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) researchers, and select community-based organizations and health advocacy groups.

The Goals of the CEC are to:

  • Foster community-engaged and -initiated research with the Center, including promoting best practices for meaningfully involving communities in environmental health research
  • Effectively translate and disseminate UW EDGE Center research relevant to diverse stakeholder communities and responsive to their information needs
  • Partner with community-based organizations to build capacity for designing and implementing select research-to-action projects
  • Use innovative research tools and strategies to measure the impact of community-driven action projects and EDGE Center research initiatives


BJ Cummings, Co-Manager



Lisa Hayward Watts, Co-Manager 



Nicole Errett, Director 


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2020 ATHENA teacher training workshop focuses on vaping

For the first time EDGE's goes virtual, allowing for the participation of scientists and teachers from across the country.


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Making breathing room

Clean air shelters offer refuge from wildfire smoke. EDGE researchers are helping one NW tribe identify the best place to create one