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Katrina Smith Korfmacher, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 273-4304

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Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC)

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Biography

Research

Community Outreach and Education The COEC maintains two-way links between environmental health research and the information needs of the community. My primary focus is addressing environmental health information and policy needs of the communities in and around Rochester. I participate in many local partnerships relating to environmental health including the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, the Rochester Healthy Homes Partnership, the Water Education Collaborative and the Center for Environmental Information. Childhood lead poisoning remains one of the most significant childhood environmental health risk in the Rochester area. I have been an active member of the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning since 2001, serving on its Governmental Relations Subcommittee and Executive Committee. I focus on translating environmental health information into relevant policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Building on community partnerships established through the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, I have worked with several community groups to develop education and outreach programs related to healthy homes. We have also initiated outreach programs related to other EHSC research programs and in response to community needs, including risks from consuming Lake Ontario fish, concerns about air quality, the environmental contributors to obesity, and groundwater contamination. As a policy scientist, most of my research has addressed on the role of science in the policy process. I focus on the role of community groups in the policy process, and particularly on how these groups generate, access, and use information.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Education

1996
PhD | Duke University
Environment

1993
MS | Duke University
Environment

1989
BA | Brown University
Environmental Health Sci

Awards

2012
Advocate's Spirit Award
Sponsor: Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester
Location: Rochester, NY

2010
Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvemetn Award
Location: University of Rochester

2006
Metrojustice Activist of the Year award

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Publications

Journal Articles

2/2015
Wilson J, Dixon SL, Jacobs DE, Akoto J, Korfmacher KS, Breysse J. "An investigation into porch dust lead levels." Environmental research.. 2015 Feb 0; 137:129-35. Epub 2014 Dec 19.

12/25/2014
Korfmacher KS, Aviles K, Cummings BJ, Daniell W, Erdmann J, Garrison V. "Health impact assessment of urban waterway decisions." International journal of environmental research and public health. 2014 Dec 25; 12(1):300-21. Epub 2014 Dec 25.

2014
Korfmacher, K.S.; Garrison, V. "Partnering to reduce environmental hazards through a community-based ''Healthy Home Museum'': Education for action". Environmental Justice. 2014; 7(6): 158-165.

Books & Chapters

2004
Book Title: Collaborative environmental management: What roles for government?
Author List: Koontz, T.M., T.A. Steelman, J.Carmin, K.S. Korfmacher, C. Moseley, and C.W. Thomas
Published By: Resources for the Future2004 in Washington DC

1999
Chapter Title: A view from the bottom of the heap: A junior faculty member confronts the risks of service-learning.
Book Title: Acting Locally: Concepts and Methods for Service-Learning in Env. Studies
Author List: Harold Ward, Ed.
Published By: American Association for Higher Education1999 in Washington DC

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Get the Lead Out: What You Need to Know about Lead Paint Poisoning