Greetings from Harlem!
On Thursday, December 4, 2008 the Northern Manhattan CARE Collaborative held its 3rd community meeting in East Harlem to begin the 2-year process of identifying environmental health hazards in the 4 targeted communities of Northern Manhattan. Residents and collaborative members met at SCAN LaGuardia House in East Harlem to discuss environmental health hazards of concern. The meeting was a fruitful beginning to the 2-year process during which a community-based environmental health assessment will be implemented. Highlights of the meeting included a presentation by a local 12-year-old girl which featured positive and negative environmental conditions within her neighborhood, identification of environmental issues of concern, and a brainstorming session on additional needs to address growing environmental degradation that leads to adverse public health outcomes for those living in urban communities.
Organized by WE ACT for Environmental Justice and funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Northern Manhattan Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Collaborative is an inclusive group of community members and stakeholders in Northern Manhattan (East Harlem, Central Harlem, West Harlem and Washington Heights/Inwood) who are working to identify toxic exposures in this community in order to develop strategies for reducing the risks posed by environmental hazards. The Collaborative is a community-driven project which will culminate in a strategic plan for harm reduction in September 2009.
Please join us for our next community meeting in Washington Heights/Inwood on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at Columbia University's Hammer Auditorium, located at 701 West 168th Street and Ft. Washington Avenue, Room 301.
We look forward to seeing you there!