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Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC)


The mission of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) 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.



Richard 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.

COEC Members

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 Associate 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
Charles Branas, PhD Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine
Tyra Bryant-Stephens, MD Director, Community Asthma Prevention Program, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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, TREES Program, Perelman School of Medicine
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 Founding Director and Associate Vice President at Netter Center for Community-Campus Partnerships
Michael Levy, PhD Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine
Jianghong Liu, PhD, RN, FAAN Associate Professor of Nursing
Judith McKenzie, MD, MPH Associate Professor Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, Program Director, Occupational Medicine Residency
Courtney Mengel-Dirks, Esq. Director, Government Relations, 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 Molinoff Professor of Pharmacology, Perelman School of Medicine, Director, CEET
Susan Phillips Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, Chief of Staff, Perelman School of Medicine
Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, MPH Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor of Nursing, MPH Program Director
Sara Solomon, MPH Executive Director, Center of Public Health Initiatives, U Penn
Rebecca Simmons, MD Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, Director, Career Development Core, 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
Alexander Steven Whitehead, DPhil Professor of Pharmacology, Perelman School of Medicine

Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB)

Stakeholders work together with CEET to identify and solve environmental health problems. The COEC Stakeholder Advisory Board is composed of community members representing COEC’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 COEC’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 COEC’s programs and advises COEC on recommended changes.  In addition, the Board advises COEC 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