Embracing the community engagement process post-disaster: Building capacity, political action, and trust
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Principles of Community Engagement are used to describe the community engagement process.
Principles are organized as items to consider prior to beginning the engagement process, items that describe what is necessary for engagement to occur, and items that include what to consider for engagement to succeed with corresponding details highlighted about engaging the Graniteville community. Successful outcomes of the community-university partnership include capacity building, political action, and increased trust of community “outsiders”. Challenges include negative attention and mistrust, timing of grant support, political fracturing, and burn out.
Academic institutions and community members can successfully partner to garner resources and effect positive, long-term impact. We present our experience as a practical application to promote community engagement efforts widely, particularly in underserved and under-resourced areas in the aftermath of a devastating disaster. It is our aim that this serves as an example of a practical application of a community-university engagement process to assist health professionals, researchers, policy makers, and community leaders in planning, implementing, and evaluating community engagement efforts.
Learning Areas:Environmental health sciences
Describe the community-based participatory process used in the Graniteville community. Discuss the ATSDR Principles of Community Engagement.
Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Environmental Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the principal investigator of the describe project. Additionally, I conduct research using CBPR principles to promote community engagement.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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