Community Engagement Core
Our underlying premise is that we can have a greater and more sustained impact on public health outcomes by building the capacity of existing community-serving organizations while at the same time communicating directly with community members. Partnerships are crucial to the success of our work because our partners help us identify and communicate with community members that are affected by environmental contaminants and hazardous waste sites. The CEC strengthens the Program's partnerships by facilitating reciprocal communication between community members, community leaders, community-serving organizations and our research team. This model provides opportunities for collaboration on programs and projects to minimize environmental health risks and consequences.
Communities Affected by Arsenic and Mercury
The primary efforts of the Dartmouth CEC focus on four specific communities in Northern New England:
- Private drinking water well owners;
- Consumers of food products of concern;
- Parents, expectant parents and their providers; and
- Science students at high schools located near Superfund sites.
These communities provide mutually beneficial interactions, and to build trust, capacity and sustainability, we facilitate a continuous dialogue with community leaders and community-serving organizations.
For more information, contact Kathrin Lawlor, Community Engagement Coordinator.