Mark Borsuk, Ph.D. PI, Community Engagement Core
Kathrin Lawlor, B.A., Community Engagement Coordinator
The Community Engagement Core (CEC) ensures that the Program's research is meaningful to communities by creating opportunities for researchers to interact with communities, grass-roots organizations, and those impacted by hazardous waste. The goal of the CEC is to build bi-directional partnerships with diverse communities in Northern New England to enhance their ability to understand and address the health risks posed by arsenic, mercury, and other environmental contaminants. We accomplish this goal by working closely with target communities, community-serving organizations, and a community engagement advisory board (CEAB) to identify each community's needs with respect to science, education, information, and expertise.
Public engagement and risk communication is an essential part of our program and the focus of both our CEC and our Research Translation Core (RTC). Community engagement refers to bi-directional interaction between community stakeholders and our research program. Authentic bi-directional communication between our program and community members allows us to:
- Learn about environmental health concerns in local communities;
- Determine how the public prioritizes health risks;
- Discover what forms of risk communication are most effective;
- Develop materials in response to community needs; and
- Keep you informed about our research and upcoming events.
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