The GC-CPEH Community Engagement Core Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) is comprised of environmental health partners. The role of our SAB is to review progress on projects, identify new concerns, and help prioritize the CEC action agenda.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the ways in which we correspond with our SAB, with the great majority requesting that a face-to-face meeting be deferred until signs of any surge activity have ceased. We have, however, been in contact through email and via phone to seek their assistance, particularly with COVID-19 activities in recent months. Our SAB consists of community partners, each of whom provides a different “lens” to view environmental issues, including many with whom we have long-standing relationships. We anticipate convening the community members of the SAB via Zoom in September for community members to meet and talk about their potential involvement and what their “offers and asks” are, to be followed by a more formal meeting (based on their input) with the Center leadership, to be held in fall 2020.
GC-CPEH SAB Members:
- Rev. David Begany, Pastor, Holy Family Catholic Church, Baytown – Faith-based Community Outreach
- Mr. Nick Ellis, Water Quality Programs Coordinator, Galveston Bay Foundation – Water quality, Greater Houston Area: Policy and Monitoring
- Dr. Lisa Gonzalez, President and CEO, Houston Advanced Research Center – Research to Provide Policy and Technology Solutions Relating to Energy, Air and Water Issues
- Dr. Steven Hall, Director, City of Houston Office of Veterans Affairs – Veterans Issues
- Mr. Hilton Kelley, Community In-Power and Development Association Inc., Port Arthur – Environmental and Social Justice
- Mr. Mike Mastrangelo, The University of Texas Medical Branch – Disaster Response, Regional Preparedness, Healthcare Systems
- Dr. Bakeyah Nelson, Executive Director, Air Alliance Houston – Air Quality Concerns
- Mr. Joshua Owens, Executive Director, Wharton Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) – Regional and Local Economic Development and Planning
- Mr. Ronald Schulz, Galveston County Health District – Environmental Public Health
- Dr. Mark Winter, Pharmacologist and Toxicologist, SouthEast Texas Poison Center – Disaster Response and Public Health
- Ms. Jackie Young, Texas Health and Environmental Alliance – Environmental Health (Community Organization)
Environmental Justice Encuentro
The CEC is planning a series of mini-Encuentros in our target neighborhoods (with the option to join remotely) with the assistance of local EJ organizations to discuss disparities in health and issues of EJ and social justice. The Encuentros will provide the venue for discussions of disparities and inequities not only defined by race and ethnicity but in the context of all social determinants of health. From neighborhood perspectives, we will identify issues, and where possible, determine priorities, and suggested solutions. This is intended to be an opportunity to hear many voices and many opinions and COVID-19 is expected to be an important topic. We will also introduce the concept of the Community Science Workshops to bring together university and community partners focused on understanding and addressing environmental health concerns through shared research. These meetings, along with the informal SAB meeting, will help us to prepare for the more formal SAB meeting with the Center leadership.