Growing Healthy Soil for Healthy Communities

Project Overview (PDF)

9th Funding Cycle Impact Award

    Project Start Date:    January 1, 2014
    Project End Date:      December 31, 2018
    Award Amount:         $749,999

Project Goal Statement: The overall goal is to build community and public health capacity in two Milwaukee neighborhoods, which are each using urban agriculture programming as a transformational and empowerment tool, to mitigate exposure to lead through primary prevention.

Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner: Ben Gramling, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center
Additional Community Partner Organization Names:

  • City of Milwaukee Health Department
  • Milwaukee County Extension
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
Academic Partners:

Primary Academic Partner: Sheri Johnson, PhD, Department of Pediatrics
Additional Academic Partners:

  • Chelsea Hamilton, MS, Department of Pediatrics
  • Raymond Hoffmann, PhD, Department of Pediatrics
Project Progress Summary Reports:

Project Progress Report Summary January 2014 - August 2014 (PDF)
Project Progress Report Summary September 2014 - August 2015 (PDF)

Affiliated Web Pages:

City of Milwaukee Health Department
Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
University of Wisconsin - Madison, Research and Sponsored Programs
Walnut Way Conservation Corp.

Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)
  • Articles
    • Article in the Walnut Way 2014 Summer Newsletter
    • Article in the MCW Department of Pediatrics Newsletter
    • Featured in Edible Milwaukee magazine
  • Outreach Materials/Events
    • Conducted community marketing at Children's Environmental Health Sciences Core Center, Science Education Partnership Award, Student Research Conference (April 2014)
    • Participated in 21 community events to share information about opportunities to participate in project activities
  • Poster Presentations
    • Poster presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting (May 2014)
  • Presentations
    • Presentation for the Social and Environmental Justice course at UW-Milwaukee Zilber School of Public Health
    • Presentation at the UW-Milwaukee WI Inquiry-based Scientist-Teacher Education Partnership (WInSTEP) Program
    • Presentation at Union for Concerned Scientists, Center for Science and Democracy, Food Justice and Equity meeting
    • Presentation at student roundtable discussion at the American Public Health Association conference
    • Poster presentation at American Public Health Laboratory Annual Meeting
    • Poster presentation at USEPA National Brownfields Training Conference 2015
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