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Last Edited: 6/2/2001

What is community involvement?

Community involvement is a component of environmental health investigations (public health assessments, exposure assessments, epidemiological studies) which identifies community health concerns and provides a mechanism for community participation. Community involvement staff have the specialized expertise to integrate an understanding of community partnerships, the political economy of environmental issues, public health and environmental health. In addition to building partnerships and developing appropriate strategies, staff also strategically assess the variety of stakeholders, ensure interagency coordination, and provide technical assistance regarding community organizing and risk communication.