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ATSDR partners involved in the public health assessment process will call upon their local team resources to plan and implement community involvement and associated activities. ATSDR Program Areas with Responsibilities for Working with Communities The site team leader is almost always a health assessor who brings together a team of ATSDR staff to address the needs of the site; coordinates the site team; collaborates with other groups and agencies; evaluates environmental health data; and who is responsible for preparing public health assessment documents.

Other science specialists from DHAC are often needed to address specific site issues.

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Community members may include, for example, residents, members of local action groups, local officials, tribal members, health professionals, and local media.

The community is at the heart of all public health activities.

As a health assessor, it is important for you to have a good understanding of the purpose, approaches and tools for involving the community, and to work effectively with your team to promote community participation during the public health assessment process.

This will help your site team initiate and maintain good two-way communication between ATSDR and the community.

Because of proximity to communities, is often the first ATSDR staff to contact communities.

Works with site team to develop and implement community involvement activities.

A DHAC health assessor is usually the team lead for all public health assessment activities and must be included on the site team.

Acts as a liaison with EPA; facilitates implementation of ATSDR’s work in the regions; maintains current and historic knowledge of the sites and issues in the specific regions; provides and follows up on ATSDR recommendations; sometimes reviews site-specific information.

Community members can often provide information that will contribute to the quality of your scientific assessment.

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