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Community Engagement Core (CEC)


The mission of the Community Engagement Core (CEC) of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) is to engage communities, health care professionals, decision makers, and individuals  in a collaborative process  to select problems that CEET research teams and its network with other Environmental Health Science Core Centers can investigate to provide tools that will eliminate or mitigate adverse public health impacts to vulnerable populations.

HowarthMarilyn Howarth, MD, FACOEM

Phone: 215-808-2165
E-mail: howarthmv@gmail.com

Dr. Marilyn Howarth’s career in Public Health began when she was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers of Disease Control in Atlanta.  While an EIS officer she worked with communities and government agencies to investigate and tackle occupational and environmental problems.  After leaving the CDC, Dr. Howarth worked with Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ re-shaping their Occupational Health efforts by reaching out to employers to provide medical services to their workers.  In 1995 she joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania as the Director of Consultation Services for the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  In that role, she published papers, taught courses, performed worksite evaluations and helped patients and communities with the effects of environmental exposures. Dr. Howarth has extensive experience evaluating and treating patients with exposure to heavy metals, solvents, mold, respiratory allergens and irritants, and musculoskeletal trauma. Dr. Howarth has participated with CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the National Institutes of Health and the Camden County Technical Advisory Board to work on topics as diverse as latex allergy, the health effects of air pollution, and lead and radiological contamination. She is a past president of the Pennsylvania Occupational and Environmental Medical Society and a former member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  She is currently a member of the PHILAPOSH Technical Advisory Board, which helps unions with concerns about exposures on the job.  She is a founding professor of the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Public Health Environmental and Occupational Health course and provides educational programs on Environmental Health topics to community and employee groups.

PepinoRichard Pepino, MS, MSS 

Deputy Director

E-mail: rpepino@sas.upenn.edu

Mr. Pepino is Coordinator of the Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) courses in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.  Mr. Pepino has Master’s degrees in Biology and Science Education, and is Director of the Public Policy Program at Franklin and Marshall College.  Previously he spent 25 years with US EPA Region III, where he was Director of Strategic Planning, Chief of Environmental Impact Analysis, and Associate Director of the Office of Watersheds.  His interests include public policy related to environmental health and alternative teaching methods in urban public education.

Thomas McKeon, MPH 

Research Coordinator

Phone: 215-898-6221
E-mail: mckeont@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Mr. McKeon has had a longstanding interest in environmental health and community engagement which strengthened as he came to Philadelphia as a graduate student practicing public health. Understanding the importance of bi-directional relationships, he has worked in fostering partnerships around the greater Philadelphia area as the Coordinator of the Community Engagement Core. Linking community, government and non-governmental entities, Mr. McKeon has successfully enhanced the collaborative environmental health work being done in Philadelphia and the region. Mr. McKeon has a B.S. in Ecology and Natural Resources from Rutgers University and an MPH from the University of Pennsylvania. Adept at ArcGIS mapping he also devotes effort to the Population Exposure Services group of the IHSFC where he conducts community exposome mapping.

CEC Members

 Stakeholder Advisory Board: University and CEET Members
Board Member: Affiliation:
Maria Andrews, MS Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs, Department of Earth and Environmental Science
Andrea Apter, MD, MSc Chief, Allergy and Immunology Section, Presbyterian Medical Center, Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
Fran Barg, PhD, MEd Professor, Family Medicine & Community Health, Perelman School of Medicine
Marisa Bartolomei, PhD Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Leader, Gene-Environment Interactions Affinity Group, CEET
Michael Beers, MD Professor of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, Leader, Lung and Airway Disease Affinity Group, CEET
Ian Blair, PhD A.N. Richards Professor of Pharmacology, Leader, Oxidative Stress and Oxidative Stress Injury Affinity Group, CEET
Steven Cobb, JD Associate Director, Government Relations Penn Medicine
Pamela Dalton, PhD, MPH Monell Chemical Senses Center
Edward Emmett, MD Professor in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, Director Population Exposure Services of the Integrated Health Sciences Facilities Core, CEET
Jeffrey Field, PhD Professor of Pharmacology, Director, Summer Science Programs, Perelman School of Medicine,  CEET
George Gerton, PhD Research Professor of Reproductive Biology in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Perelman School of Medicine,  Leader, Reproduction, Endocrine and Development Affinity Group, CEET
Ira Harkavy, PhD Founding Director and Associate Vice President at Netter Center for Community- Campus Partnerships
Marilyn Howarth, MD, FACOEM Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pharmacology, Perelman School of Medicine, Director, Community Engagement Core, CEET
Thomas McKeon, MPH
Research Coordinator, Community Engagement Core, CEET
Jason Moore, PhD Edward Rose Professor of Informatics, Perelman School of Medicine and Pharmacology, Perelman School of Medicine; Director, Exposure Biology Informatics Core, CEET
Michael Z. Levy, PhD Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine
Jianghong Liu, PhD, RN, FAAN Director of the NIH-funded China Jintan Child Health Project, Associate Professor of Nursing, Associate Professor of Public Health, Perelman School of Medicine
Kevin Osterhoudt, MD, MSCE, FAAP, FAACT, FACMT Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, Medical Director of the Poison Control Center, Emergency Medicine Attending Physician, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Trevor Penning, PhD The Thelma Brown and Henry Charles Molinoff Professor of Pharmacology, Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics and OB/GYN, Director Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology
Perelman School of Medicine
Richard Pepino, MS, MSS Deputy Director of Community Outreach and Engagement Core; Adjunct Faculty, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, School of Arts & Sciences, CEET
Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, MPH Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor of Nursing, MPH Program Director
Poune Saberi, MD, MPH Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, Director, Philadelphia VA Medical Center Occupational Health
Rebecca Simmons, MD Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, Deputy Director, CEET
Anil Vachani, MD, MS Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Director, Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core, CEET
Howard Neukrug, PE, BCEE, D.WRE Executive Director of The Water Center, Professional Practice Professor of Global Water Leadership, Earth and Environmental Science Department, University of Pennsylvania
Stakeholder Advisory Board: External Members (Representing Target Audiences)
Board Member: Area of Expertise: Affiliation:
Susan Baldridge, M.Ed. Community Stakeholder Executive Director,  Partnership for Public Health, Lancaster, PA
Samantha (Fairchild) Beers, Esq. Policy Maker Director, U. S. EPA Mid-Atlantic Region, Office of Enforcement, Compliance and Environmental Justice
Tyra Bryant-Stephens, MD Health Care Provider Director, Community Asthma Prevention Program, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Margaret Cobb Community Stakeholder Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area Community Advisory Group, Eastwick-Philadelphia, PA
Jana Curtis Community Stakeholder Resident of Fishtown, Philadelphia
Bevin Durant, MPH  Policy Maker Pennsylvania Department of Health
Claire Gavin, PhD
Community Stakeholder Toxicologist, Clean Water Fund, Philadelphia
Jared Ruddick
Community Stakeholder Teacher, Girard Academic Music Program, South Philadelphia, PA
Nan Feyler, JD, MPH   Policy Maker Director of Housing and Child Welfare, Stoneleigh Fellow, City of Philadelphia
Frank Finan   Community Stakeholder Resident of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
Tine Hansen-Turton, JD Public Health Decision Maker Executive Director, National Nursing Centers Consortium. Philadelphia, PA
Dalton Paxman, PhD Public Health Decision Maker Regional Health Administrator (RHA) for the mid-Atlantic region, US Department of Health and Human Services
Ebony Griffin, JD Policy Maker Staff Attorney for Environmental Justice, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
Donna Henry, MS Community  Stakeholder Director, Southwest Community Development Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
Dominique Lueckenhoff Policy Maker Deputy Director, Water Protection Division, EPA Region 3
Jeffrey Martin, MD Health Care Provider Chair, Lancaster Lead Coalition, Residency Director, Family and Community Medicine, Lancaster General Hospital
Colleen McCauley,  RN MPH  Community Stakeholder Health Policy Director, Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)
Joseph Otis Minott, JD Policy Maker Executive Director, Clean Air Council
Kassahun Sellassie, PhD P.E. Policy Maker Director, Air Management Services, City of Philadelphia
Sachin Shankar,  P.E.   Policy Maker Assistant Regional Director, PA Department of Environmental Protection Region 3
Livia Smith Policy Maker Health Commissioner, Chester, PA
Jerome Shabazz, MS Community Stakeholder Executive Director, Overbrook Environmental Education Center
Rev. Horace Strand Community Stakeholder Chairman, Chester Environmental Partnership, Chester, PA
Lora Werner, MPH Policy Maker Regional Director, ATSDR Region 3
Alice Wright- Bailey Community Stakeholder Executive Director, Chester Environmental Partnership, Chester, PA

Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB)

Stakeholders work together with CEET to identify and solve environmental health problems. The CEC Stakeholder Advisory Board is composed of community members representing CEC’s target communities, University members, officials from the local, State, and Federal government, and representatives from environmental interest groups and other relevant organizations (see below). The Board meets semi-annually to ensure that CEC’s activities are designed to optimally meet the needs of communities, health care professionals, and policy makers in improving environmental and public health.  The Board periodically reviews the effectiveness of CEC’s programs and advises CEC on recommended changes.  In addition, the Board advises CEC on developments within the field of environmental health from the point of view of communities, health care professionals, decision makers, and the University.  The Board also recommends new activities and directions as appropriate.

A complete list of members on the Stakeholder Advisory Board