Community Engagement Core
Overarching goal: CEC will develop and sustain a Community-Academic Partnership between the ISRC and residents in the Rantoul community to empower community-led public health PFAS and cancer risk reduction, prevention and intervention decisions and actions. The proposed activities and products are designed to extend to Champaign County and serve as statewide and national resources.
Approach: (1) Host regular forums for Rantoul area stakeholders, ISRC researchers and regulatory agencies (e.g. IL-EPA) to facilitate information sharing that results in community-led and owned solutions to reduce exposure to PFAS, (2) Develop effective risk communication health messaging focused on reducing cancer risk through healthy diet, and (3) Respond to emerging local community needs through the Illinois PFAS Research to Action fellow program (I-PRA) that partners an ISRC trainee with a community stakeholder(s) on a locally relevant solution-based prevention and intervention community action project.
CEC’s objective to develop and sustain a Community-Academic partnership between ISRC and the Rantoul community is central to empowering community-led and owned solutions to successfully reduce exposure to PFAS that results in increased environmental public health for individuals, families and communities. The three CEC aims will be completed through bi-directional communication facilitated by the CAB and numerous participatory activities (e.g. forums, messaging development, training). The community action project co-learnings and solutions, co-developed curriculum and health messages, and co-led trainings will be sustainable resources for Rantoul and scalable to the county, state, and country. Authentically partnering with community for shared decision-making and driving feasible problem-based solutions and effectively communicating science are two major foundations the CEC will establish to undergird all three aims and ultimately the success of cancer prevention and intervention efforts.