Monday, June 7, 2010

CDC Agency Seeks Hosts for Community Conv on Public Health & Chem Exposure Issues

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is seeking individuals to host Community Conversations in their communities to gather input on public health and chemical exposure issues.

The Community Conversations toolkit provides you with everything you need, and a version also is available in Spanish. There also are a limited number of mini-grants available to support organizations interested in sponsoring a Community Conversation.

The ATSDR website also notes how feedback received from the meetings will be used by the agency. "The National Conversation team will post results from each conversation on a publicly available Web site. In addition, the team will summarize major themes and ideas from the community conversations in a report that it will post online.

"This report will be the primary means for providing the results of the community conversations to the Leadership Council and work groups of the National Conversation.

"The Leadership Council and work groups will approach the results of community conversations with two questions in mind: (1) Should certain issues or recommendations currently under consideration by the group be prioritized over others? and (2) Is the group failing to consider key issues or ideas that are important to the members of the public?"

To learn more about the Community Conversations project and participate, visit the ATSDR website.
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