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Water@Wayne Seminar: "Racial Disparities in Access to Municipal Water Service: Water Quality, Health Impacts, and Costs"

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The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Water@Wayne seminar on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 2:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m. in the Bernath Auditorium located in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested.

The Water@Wayne Seminar Series presents "Racial Disparities in Access to Municipal Water Service: Water Quality, Health Impacts, and Costs" with Jacqueline MacDonald, University of North-Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering within the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. For 2017–2018, she also is serving as a University Scholar (a competitively awarded appointment) at RTI International.

Abstract:

This presentation will summarize four years of research to characterize the locations of affected communities, their drinking water quality, potential health risks, and costs of and barriers to extending municipal water service in Wake County, NC’s second-largest county by population and location of the state capital. The research has included analysis of tax parcel and census data, water quality testing, population intervention modeling using hospital emergency department data, development of preliminary engineering plans for extending municipal water pipes, and open-ended interviews. Overall, our research suggests the need for interventions to improve water quality and protect health in these communities.

A short reception will immediately follow the seminar.

Undergraduate Library, David Adamany Bernath Auditorium
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202

For more information about this event, please contact Kayla Watson at 3135775600 or ft2868@wayne.edu.