Environmental Health
June 2018
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Flint Community Engagement Project

The Flint Community Engagement Project (FCEP) is cluster of cohort studies, one initiated in 2017 and the others initiated in 2020 and 2021, respectively, that focus on social and health outcomes in Flint, Michigan. Focusing on both the city’s 2014 water crisis as well as more intergenerational and historically-embedded dynamics, FCEP attempts to explore health and community wellness in the city through a multi-level approach that includes Community-Based Participatory Research and traditional mixed methods approaches, ranging from oral history interviews to contextual surveys.

With a specific focus on what we refer to as “environmental health capital,” FCEP aims to bridge the gap between sociological studies on ecological risk factors and social epidemiologic studies on environmental health risk factors.

FCEP is currently funded through the Cornell Center for Social Sciences and the President's Council of Cornell Women, both at Cornell University. Previous support came from the Pozen Center for Human Rights and the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, both at the University of Chicago.


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Ezell JM, Olson B**, Ghosh A, Chase EC*. Theorizing on neo public assistance: How do race and class impact resource uptake following environmental disaster? Social Science and Medicine. 2022 Nov.

Ezell JM, Chase EC*. Forming a Critical Race Theory of Environmental Disaster: Understanding social meanings and health threat perception in the Flint Water Crisis. Journal of Environmental Management. 2022 Aug.

Ezell JM, et al.  Child lead screening behaviors and health outcomes following the Flint Water Crisis: A cross-sectional analysis. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 2022 Feb

Ezell JM. Environmental health capital: A paradigm for environmental injustice prevention and truth and reconciliation. Local Environment. 2021 Jan

Ezell JM, et al. The Blueprint of Disaster: COVID-19, The Flint Water Crisis, and Unequal Ecological Impacts. The Lancet Planetary Health. 2021 May

Ezell JM, et al. A population-based assessment of physical symptoms and mental health outcomes among adults following the Flint Water Crisis. Journal of Urban Health.  2021 Mar

Ezell JM, et al. Intersectional Trauma: COVID-19, the Psychosocial Contract, and America’s Racialized Public Health Lineage. Traumatology. 2021 Jan