Our Goals

The primary goals of CEEJH are to:

1) Serve as the link between the University of Maryland and community-based organizations, environmental advocacy groups, health professionals, educators and students, and policymakers on identifying environmental agents and environmental health issues in the District of Columbia-Maryland-Virginia region

2) Place specific focus on the environmental health issues associated with contamination of the Chesapeake Bay, Anacostia watershed, Patuxent River, and the Eastern Shore

3) Use the community-based participatory research (CBPR) framework, collaborative problem-solving model (CPSM) principles, and partnerships with diverse community-based organizations and stakeholder groups to address human health risks and environmental issues defined by stakeholders particularly members of underserved populations, and to empower these populations through education, outreach and capacity-building

4) Provide outreach and education to teachers and students on environmental health and environmental justice issues, including Chesapeake Bay contamination, related human health issues, and climate change using the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health (STEMH) pipeline development model

5) Development or participation in partnerships with federal, state, and local government, and other policymakers to reduce environmental contamination in this region, understand the role that environmental health policies and planning and development has on driving environmental injustice and environmental health disparities, and work with these policymaker to use environmental justice principles to human health, enhance quality of life, and provide economic benefits to disadvantaged and underserved communities and regions