Strengthening Community Environmental Health through Duke-HBCU Partnerships (2013-2014)

Environmental amenities enhance and support the health of community members. Yet urban communities with high concentrations of minority, low income and new immigrant residents are disproportionately burdened by environmental disamenities such as food deserts, landfills, air pollution and undeveloped brownfield parcels, which have a negative impact on public health.

This project team confronted environmental injustice and community health issues in a disadvantaged urban neighborhood in Dallas, Texas, in partnership with students at Paul Quinn College. Team members at both schools applied community-based participatory research methods in which traditional research subjects become research partners. They collaborated with community partners to use techniques such as such as interviews, surveys and Photovoice to examine links between ecological restoration, redevelopment and community health and to define options for addressing health disparities and sustainably revitalizing the neighborhood.



Team Outcomes

Rebecca L. Vidra, Deborah R. Gallagher, Victoria Wilson. “Acknowledging the Challenges of Pedagogical Innovation: The Case of Integrating Research, Teaching, and the Practice of Environmental Leadership.” 2019. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 9(3):270-275.

Strengthening Community Environmental Health through Duke-HBCU Partnerships (poster by John Hare-Grogg, Jake Lennert, Vaibhav Penukonda)

Partnerships to Promote Student Engagement in Revitalizing Under-resourced Communities (presentation by Rebecca Vidra and Deborah Gallagher)

Deborah Gallagher, Leveraging Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Leadership Capacity to address Environmental Injustice and B ($25,000 grant awarded from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, 2013)


John Hare-Grogg

This Team in the News

These Ph.D. Graduates Incorporated Bass Connections into Their Doctoral Education

A Thank You from John Hare-Grogg

Paul Quinn-Duke Exchange Project Finds Common Ground

What I Hope I Never Forget

One Step at a Time

Embracing the Unexpected

We Made It!

An Inter-institutional Partnership to Promote Community Health

The Good, the Great, the Ugly


New Undergrad Program Aims to Spur Collaboration with HBCUs on Environmental Justice

Environment Focused Duke Immerse Program Partners with Paul Quinn College

Duke, Paul Quinn and Abilene Christian University do Poverty-busting in Dallas

Faculty Perspectives: Deborah Rigling Gallagher

Team Leaders

  • Deborah Gallagher, Nicholas School of the Environment-Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Kearsley Stewart, Duke Global Health Institute
  • Rebecca Vidra, Nicholas School of the Environment-Environmental Sciences and Policy

/graduate Team Members

  • Danielle Purifoy, Environmental Policy-PHD

/undergraduate Team Members

  • John Hare-Grogg, Environmental Sci/Policy (AB), Global Health (AB2)
  • Jacob Lennert, Sociology (AB)
  • Vaibhav Penukonda, Art History (AB)

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Alyssa Avila, Paul Quinn College
  • Destiny Modeste, Paul Quinn College
  • Aidee Sierra, Paul Quinn College
  • Michael Sorrell, Paul Quinn College
  • Victoria Wilson, Paul Quinn College