Community Engagement Core
- Amy Schulz
- Leader (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Barbara Israel
- Co-Leader (email@example.com)
- Natalie Sampson
- Co-Leader (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Alison Walding
- Project Manager (email@example.com)
- Chris Coombe
- Evaluator & Policy Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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.
Resources include (but are not limited to):
- Fact Sheets
- Short handouts that are distributed to residents, advocacy groups, and organizations within the community that summarize research findings and include strategies for addressing health concerns.
- Policy Briefs
- Brief documents that summarize policy implications of research and outline policy strategies for addressing the impact of environmental exposure on human health.
- Policy Meetings
- Meetings with policy makers and public health decision makers at the local, state, regional, and federal level to share research findings and policy recommendations.
- Community Forums
- Public meetings organized within the community that are attended by local elected officials, representatives from community-based organizations, health agencies, researchers and other stakeholders interested in understanding the research and the implications for the community's health.
- Policy Presentations
- Interactive, participatory presentations, either in person or through web technology, on environmental health topics that include relevant findings from ongoing research projects and information on the implications for behavioral and policy changes.
- Policy Training
- Workshops conducted by community and academic policy trainers in community and faith-based organizations to train residents in strategies for educating policy makers. Policy trainings aim to enhance capacity at the neighborhood level to have an impact on policy decisions.