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Community Engagement Core


Amy Schulz
Leader (ajschulz@umich.edu)
Barbara Israel
Co-Leader (ilanais@umich.edu)
Natalie Sampson
Co-Leader (nsampson@umich.edu)
Alison Walding
Project Manager (walison@umich.edu)
Aresha Nadeem
Research Assistant (aresha@umich.edu)
Chris Coombe
Evaluator & Policy Specialist (ccoombe@umich.edu)

The Community Engagement Core (CEC) serves as a resource to increase awareness and understanding of environmental health research, and to further scientific collaboration among University of Michigan environmental health researchers and the communities involved. The CEC works to facilitate translation and dissemination of research in a way that is meaningful to all stakeholders, including community members in Detroit and Southeast Michigan as well as local, state, regional and national policy makers and public health decision makers charged with establishing regulations and policies regarding environmental exposures and health outcomes.

The specific aims of the CEC are to:

  • Enhance, expand, and sustain partnerships with stakeholders (e.g., community-based organizations, environmental advocacy groups, and other local, state and regional partners).These partnerships are fundamental to translation and dissemination of scientific findings on the role of environmental exposure in disease, and to increase understanding of community concerns among M-LEEaD Center members.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of environmental public health among community leaders, youth and policy makers and public health decision makers at the local, regional, state, and national levels through the translation and dissemination of scientific findings.
  • Communicate issues, needs, and concerns of youth and adults from communities experiencing excess environmental health risks, policy makers, and public health decision makers to M-LEEaD members.The goal is to promote multidirectional dialogue and interaction to inform and guide M-LEEaD Center research that addresses the needs of community and policy/decision making audiences.
  • Advance the field of community engagement through evaluation of the CEC process and outcomes, dissemination of results at local and national levels, and promotion of community engagement and environmental health literacy models for national implementation

A key role of the CEC is to facilitate multi-directional interaction between Center researchers, policy makers, and community residents. To that end, the Stakeholder Advocacy Board was established and works effectively together toward a shared vision, and is a key partner in the efforts listed above.

CEC Resources

The CEC provides a range of resources aimed at informing community members, policy makers, public health officials, and other relevant stakeholder groups about environmental health research and its implications. The CEC also provides technical review of materials (e.g. fact sheets, policy summaries) developed by CEC staff, and engages in meetings with community and policy stakeholders to discuss their research concerns.