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Study of Systemic Racism on Health and Climate

Study of Systemic Racism on Health and Climate Vulnerability in Black Communities in the Gulf Coast Region

The Bullard Center received a $100,000 planning grant, “HBCU-CBO Gulf Coast Equity Consortium Initiative to Address Social and Environmental Determinants of Health Challenges,” from the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to develop a full proposal to compete for follow-on award of up to $1.5 million. The TSU team will partner with five predominantly African American communities in the Gulf Coast region to explore how social determinants create and maintain elevated environmental and health disparities and climate risks. They will also work on solutions to address structural inequality and systemic racism. The project will collaborate with Dr. Beverly Wright of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in New Orleans and the HBCU-CBO Gulf Coast Equity Consortium—a five-state network—in carrying out this community based participatory research project.