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.

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  Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner:  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:
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  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
    • Developed Spanish language safe gardening practice outreach materials to be disseminated statewide through Extension
    • Conducted 8 environmental health literacy workshops
    • Featured in multi-segment radio story on WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
    • Project's mini photovoice project featured in the Neighborhood News Service
    • Provided didactic session on environmental health for PG2 residents during their required Community Pediatrics Training Initiative rotation
    • Presented project during guest lecture to MCW PhD in Public and Community Health students
    • Presented preliminary project results at the Wisconsin DNR Brownfield Study Group
  • Poster Presentations
    • Poster presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting (May 2014)
    • Poster presentation at the APHA annual meeting
    • Poster presentation at the 39th Annual Midwest ECO Conference
  • 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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