Environmental Health Research-to-Action (EHRA) is a community-academic partnership focused on building skills and intergenerational knowledge in environmental health, community science, and policy advocacy to address cumulative environmental exposures in Dearborn and nearby communities.
Watch the video above to learn more about the EHRA academy!
Check the diagram above to see what the current air quality forecast is in the 48210 area.
The cornerstone of EHRA has been the EHRA Academy for youth ages 16 to 18. The EHRA Academy formed in response to community concerns about air quality issues. In 2018 and 2019, the EHRA summer academies entailed 2 intensive weeks of active learning, including:
an environmental bus tour of local air pollution sources,
mapping of environmental risks and assets with community leaders,
development of an air monitoring action plan,
practice using handheld air monitors, and
engagement in policy education trainings.
In 2019, teams of Fellows were matched with local leaders to help them coordinate and deliver a community presentation on air pollution using local data and with recommendations for reducing environmental health impacts. Fellows gave community presentations to,
community members at the American Moslem Society
students at Edsel Ford High School
students at Salina Intermediate School
Attorney General Dana Nessel
U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell
However, EHRA is more than our youth academies. For example, we host EHRA Talks, which is a virtual series by youth and for youth eager to address the environmental and social justice issues in Dearborn, MI and beyond.
We are also working to translate agency documents into plain language -- keeping the scientific quality yet helping to ensure readability so the general public can engage in environmental decision-making in their community.
EHRA is community led. The EHRA Steering Committee includes representatives from several community, academic, health care, government, and faith-based organizations.