Updating to reason 4

The site team determines the community involvement activities that will be conducted.

The team leader is usually involved in implementing community involvement activities; other DHAC scientists may be also become involved.

ATSDR has embraced the philosophy of continuous improvement of and increased attention to its community involvement efforts.

The practice of community involvement requires earnest, respectful, and continued attention.

One of the keys to the success of the public health assessment process lies in the ability to establish clear expectations, communicate effectively, and place the community at the center of its response.

The community associated with a site is both an important resource for and a key audience in the public health assessment process.

Rather, it describes the tools and resources for an effective site-specific approach.The use of communication strategies and messages to best meet the needs of the community with culturally appropriate public health information and materials.Health communication may include public meetings, fact sheets, media support, translation, etc.Note that community involvement strategies and activities are site-specific—dependent on the community, the site, the possible public health hazard, available resources, and other issues.Not all community involvement activities occur at all sites.Community members may include, for example, residents, members of local action groups, local officials, tribal members, health professionals, and local media.

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