Disparities in Access to Public Water and Sewer Service in North Carolina: Public Health Impacts and Policy Solutions

Year: 2012
Funding: Mentored Researcher Development Award
Status: Completed


This project examines the extent, causes, and public health consequences of lack of access to community water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services in North Carolina African American communities, specifically including: 1) roles of race and SES status in WASH access; 2) how lack of WASH access contributes to health disparities and resulting health and economic costs; and 3) policy and institutional barriers that perpetuate WASH disparities and the potential public health service solutions and benefits. This project is a new systematic state-wide analysis to document the extent of these disparities, quantify the public health consequences, and analyze policy and public health practice solutions.


Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, Ph.D., M.S.C.E.


Jamie Bartram, Ph.D.
UNC at Chapel Hill




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