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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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