Community Engagement and Environmental Health:
-Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH), is a network of scientists, community members, educators, healthcare providers, public health officials, and policymakers who share the goal of increasing the impact of environmental public health research at the local, regional, and national level.
- Environmental health consists of preventing or controlling disease, injury, and disability related to the interactions between people and their environment. The Healthy People 2020 Environmental Health objectives focus on 6 themes, each of which highlights an element of environmental health. Creating health-promoting environments is complex and relies on continuing research to understand more fully the effects of exposure to environmental hazards on people’s health.
- Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet (including environmental health). Their mission is to help the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public's health.
- The PHI mission is to generate and promote research, leadership and partnerships to build capacity for strong public health policy, programs, systems and practices, particularly in California, but also nationally and world-wide. PHI educates the public and policy makers about the impacts of climate change on public health. Supported by a diverse group of funders, PHI offers technical expertise on a broad range of environmental health issues.
- The membership of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) include the 2,800 local health departments across the United States. NACCHO’s mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives. NACCHO developed the Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH), a methodology to guide local communities in identifying and addressing environmental health priorities. NACCHO also has e-learning modules on community environmental health assessment.
- APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. They speak out about public health issues and policies backed by science. They publish a practical guide book which can be used to help prepare the public health community for the challenges of climate change. This guidebook is a translation of a six-part webinar series hosted by APLA and CDC.
Other resources on the basics of Community Engagement:
· The Partnership Trust Tool (CDC) is designed to engage academic, community and public health practice partners in a dialogue about trust and develop strategies for enhancing trust.
· The Principles of Community Engagement, second edition: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/communityengagement/pdf/PCE_Report_508_FINAL.pdf
- The Second edition offers guidance and tools to public health professionals, health care providers, researchers, and community leaders on methods to engage partners in projects that may improve public health through community engagement.
· UCSF Community Engagement FAQs: https://accelerate.ucsf.edu/files/CE/communityFAQ.pdf
· CORUS: Communication Tools and Strategies: https://ctsacorus.org/tags/SPECcommunication/resources
- A variety of resources, training modules, surveys geared toward providing community engagement support.
Tools for Engagement:
On line - Trainings:
· University of Kansas: http://ctb.ku.edu/en/online-courses
- Eight on-line training modules for Community Health Improvement aimed at staff from state and local health departments, hospital staff, non-profit organizations and community leaders and members.
· UC San Diego: https://ctri.ucsd.edu/Pages/Community-Lectures.aspx
- Two on-line tutorials to provide guidance for Investigators for interacting and partnering with Community members.
· Stanford Office of Community Health: http://och.stanford.edu/research/workshops.html
- Seven workshops for faculty, trainees, students, and community partners to increase knowledge and skills of Community Engagement and related topics.
· Mayo Clinic: http://ocerblog.mayo.edu/online-courses/
- Five on-line courses aimed at increasing knowledge and application of community-engaged research methods.
· Southern California CTSI: http://www.sc-ctsi.org/workforce-development/course-search
- A series of videos to introduce Community Engagement and Clinical and Translational research.
· University of Kansas: http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents
- The Community Tool Box is a resource of -ver 7000 pages -f information through which you can obtain practical, step-by-step guidance in community-building skills.
Methods for partnering with community-based organizations and clinicians from UC San Francisco:
· Community-Engaged Research: A Quick-Start Guide for Researchers
- Aim: To help researchers establish collaborations with community-based organizations, clinicians or other community stakeholders.
· Community-Engaged Research with Community-Based Organizations: A Resource Manual for UCSF Researchers
- Aim: To orient researchers seeking to do research with public and community-based agency staff. It is intend to inform, facilitate and support such partnerships.
· Community-Engaged Research with Community-Based Clinicians: A Resource Manual for Researchers
- Aim: To describe the framework and steps involved in developing community-engaged research partnerships, as well as possible barriers encountered.
· An Introduction to Effectiveness, Dissemination and Implementation Research
- Aim: To introduce basic principles and definitions of translational research; inform target audiences about how evidence-based public health interventions can achieve greater use and impact; and highlight barriers to dissemination and methods to reduce these barriers.
Tools for Dissemination:
· Dissemination and Engagement Planning Check list: http://www.cdc.gov/prc/pdf/dissemination_planning_checklistfinal.pdf
- Aim: To help researchers define what type of information they want to disseminate; identify goals, target audiences, action desired, and measures to evaluate the success of dissemination.
· Care (Community Alliance for Research and Engagement) Beyond Scientific Publication: Strategies for Disseminating Research Findings https://ctsacorus.org/resources/252/download/CARE_Dissemination_Strategies_FINAL_eversion_2.pdf
- Aim: To provide strategies to develop a dissemination plan, basic writing guidelines, methods for dissemination, dissemination check list, as well as sample dissemination documents and templates.
· Berkeley Wellness Letter and Online Forum: http://www.berkeleywellness.com/
- Example of a monthly newsletter to describe research in a more practical way for the general population.
· Duke: https://www.dtmi.duke.edu/news/bridging-gap-between-practitioners-and-community
- Example of a yearly Community Engagement Day:
· Mayo: http://ocerblog.mayo.edu/?_ga=1.166918973.247949686.1446489880
- Example of a community engagement blog which lists current events as well as videos taken at community events and tweets posted.
How to seek Assistance about Community Engagement Strategies and Dissemination Ideas at UCD:
· To discuss your Community Engagement interests, contact Jeanette Lim at email@example.com or Linda Ziegahn at 916-703-9210 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information on Community Engagement and Environmental Health, please refer to the UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center.