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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.

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

This chapter provides guidance for the health assessor in each of these areas.

For some team members, such as those from ATSDR’s Community Involvement Branch (CIB), community involvement is their main responsibility.

Others may take more of a managerial, complementary, or supportive role.

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.

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