The Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health (CEEJH) Laboratory mission is to educate impacted communities about environmental justice and health issues. Through technical assistance and collaboration, communities are empowered to address environmental injustice and environmental health disparities. The CEEJH Laboratory was founded by Dr. Sacoby Wilson in the Fall 2011. We are housed at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH). CEEJH's primary focus is to provide engagement to highly and differentially exposed populations and underserved communities. Our work has included the development of and participation in partnerships with community-based organizations, environmental advocacy groups, health practitioners, and policymakers (federal, state, and local government) to reduce local contamination, improve environmental quality, and enhance community health and sustainability.
CEEJH advances environmental justice by developing community-university partnerships, using the community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach, community-owned and managed research (COMR) principles, and the Collaborative-Problem Solving Model (CPSM) with a focus on equitable planning, healthy zoning, and sustainable community development. Currently, CEEJH has partnerships with community groups in North Carolina and South Carolina and has trained impacted residents and helped to become citizen scientists using the CBPR framework.
CEEJH is building partnerships in Maryland with community-based organizations and environmental advocacy groups on agricultural pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, exposure disparities for fishermen and residents in the Anacostia Watershed, air pollution issues in South Baltimore, and environmental health disparities in DC. In addition, the CEEJH team has provided outreach and education to teachers and students on Chesapeake Bay contamination, related human health issues, and climate change using the STEMH pipeline development model.