Online Program

Importance of community engagement: Contributions from Centers for Children's Environmental Healtlh

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Liam O'Fallon, MA, Division of Extramural Research and Training, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC
Kimberly Gray, Ph.D., Division of Extramural Research and Training, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Morrisville, NC
With a goal of protecting our children from environmental threats and promoting their health in the communities where they live, learn, and play, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Centers for Children’s Environmental Health in 1998. These Centers bring together basic scientists, social scientists, pediatricians, public health professionals, and community organizations to improve the health and environments of children. These collaborative teams are examining critical issues such as, pregnancy and birth outcomes; asthma; and neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral disorders. To ensure the research can be used effectively to prevent, reduce, or mitigate potentially harmful environmental exposure, all Centers have Community Outreach and Translation Cores (COTCs) and some employ community-engaged research approaches. Community engagement connects the Center's science with issues that are identified as locally relevant by communities or stakeholders and may often complement the research strengths and problem-solving goal of the Center. In some instances their translational work is used to inform public health and land use decisions.

This presentation will provide an overview of the COTCs and the Centers’ community-engaged research efforts, and highlight their contributions to children’s environmental health. In addition, it will set the stage for presentations from COTC members from three Centers.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the strategies in which COTCs foster dialogue among researchers, community partners, and healthcare professionals to ensure research meets the needs of the communities they serve. List benefits and challenges of a required COTC within a research program. Identify the approaches to build environmental health literacy of their selected audiences.

Keyword(s): Environmental Health, Child Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be the abstract author for this session because I am currently coordinating the Community Outreach and Translation Cores for the Centers for Children's Environmental Health. In addition, I have been doing work in the area of community-engaged research since working at NIEHS in 1999.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.