The West End Revitalization Association (WERA) is a community-based organization located in Mebane, North Carolina. WERA focuses on addressing the lack of basic amenities and infrastructure in distressed African-American communities in Mebane and other areas in the Southeastern United States. Dr. Wilson has worked with WERA to train community monitors to assess home and neighborhood infrastructure and to advocate for change.
In 2021, Charleston, SC will open a new marine container terminal that will add 1.4 million more containers each year, nearly doubling the port’s volume, and likely increasing air pollutants in nearby communities already disproportionately burdened by environmental hazards and poor air quality, as shown by prior research.
Dr. Wilson was a Co-PI of an Environmental Health core at a NIMHD-funded health disparities P20 Center of Excellence at the University of South Carolina led by Dr. Saundra Glover to study and address environmental justice issues and environmental health disparities in the state of South Carolina.
The Environmental Justice (EJ) Radar is a Public Participation Geographic Information Systems (PPGIS) website designed for South Carolina residents to know and share environmental information about the burden of physical and social environmental hazards with linkage to health disparities.
Hog concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in Eastern North Carolina including Bladen and Duplin Counties release ammonia (NH3), hydrogen sulfide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and particulate matter to the atmosphere.
The Graniteville Recovery and Chlorine and Epidemiology Study also known as the GRACE Study Center was established with the vision of developing a healthy Graniteville community sufficiently recovered from the chlorine spill disaster.
NIH funded RISE (Restoration in Graniteville Through Supportive Engagement), a project to understand the long-term effects of the man-made disaster in Graniteville, South Carolina.