Youth Education and Outreach

High School Students from China, NanJing (July, 2012)
& Chinatown Adventure Camp(CHAD). (Aug, 2012)

Dr. Doug Brugge met with 7th graders from Chinatown Adventure Camp and high school students visiting from China, NanJing and presented CAFEH Study and gave a lesson about traffic air pollution and health.

Somerville High School (06/2011)

In June 2011, the CAFEH outreach team worked closely with Biology teacher Karen Woods to bring their interactive exhibit to Somerville High School. Five 9th grade biology classes participated in a hands-on project-based learning experience led by Dr. Christine Rioux and five CAFEH student scholars: Aaron Marden, Haley Schwartz, Luz Padro, Allison St. Vincent and Jess Perkins.

Boston Museum of Science – “RACE: Are we that different?” (01/17/11)

Christine L. Rioux, Research Assistant Professor in PHCM, led a team of eight student scholars from Tufts, Harvard, Boston University and Roxbury Community College, in organizing and presenting an interactive exhibit on traffic pollution and health at the Museum of Science (MoS) as part of the larger exhibit “RACE: Are we that different?”. Dr. Rioux spoke about the geography of risk and who is most vulnerable to the health effects of traffic pollution. With the help of the students, she used a hula hoop, a soccer ball, a blueberry and a grain of salt to demonstrate to the audience the tiny size of the ultrafine traffic-related particulates, a millionth of a meter, believed to present some of the greatest risks to people living in close proximity to highways and busy roads.

Students, all part of the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health (CAFEH) study, led by PI Dr. Doug Brugge, conducted a real-time (IRB-approved!) survey of museum visitors regarding pollution in their communities, presented maps of traffic pollution in the greater Boston area, oversaw an air pollution puzzle contest and made pinwheels with younger visitors to demonstrate the impacts to lung function associated with traffic pollution.

Health Careers Opportunities Program (HCOP)

HCOP is a federally funded program designed to help students from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds succeed in attaining graduate degrees in public health and in medicine. All HCOP Fellows have access to individual tutoring, have an opportunity to work with professionals via internships and participate in seminar series on topics ranging from medical school admissions to current issues in medicine and in public health. In addition, when applying to do graduate work in medicine and / or public health, HCOP Fellows will be able to list their fellow status among their undergraduate achievements. Click the link for more information: