COEC's Leadership Team

Erin Haynes, DrPH

COEC Program Leader

Erin Haynes, DrPH, MS, has considerable community-based research experience; she is currently the PI of an NIEHScommunity-based participatory research (CBPR, R01) award: Marietta Community Actively Researching Exposure Study (CARES)(Haynes et al 2011). Through her role as COEC Leader, Haynes oversees the COEC functions, serves as anexpert in community engagement for the CEG, and provides opportunities for collaboration among CEG researchers, public health decision-makers, and community members. Haynes is also Director of the Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) training program.


Nick Newman, DO

COEC Physician Project Leader

Dr. Nicholas Newman, DO, MS, FAAP, is a board-certified pediatrician and the Director of the Pediatric Environmental Health and Lead Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. This clinic is part of the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit Network. From 2008-2009, he received training as a fellow on the NIEHS-Molecular Epidemiology for Children’s Environmental Health training grant (LeMasters, PI). He completed his Occupational and Environmental Medicine residency in 2011. He is the National Environmental Education Foundation’s Asthma Faculty Champion for EPA Region V and is interested in translating research on environmentally-mediated disease into improved clinical outcomes.


Elissa Yancy, MSEd

Media Project Leader

Elissa Yancey is an Associate Professor in the UC Department of Journalism. She has written for local, regional, and national publications, including Family Circle, Preservation, Parents, and She is an environmental contributor to, and is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Association of Educators of Journalism and Mass Communication. 



Sarah Elam

COEC Program Coordinator

Sarah Elam assists and coordinates the day-to-day activities of the COEC. She is the point of contact for the community members, CEG scientists, and SAB members to develop and plan community outreach and engagement opportunities. 


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