The vision of the UK CARES Community Engagement Core (CEC) is to create a strong, sustained community-academic partnership to support meaningful community engagement and environmental health literacy in Appalachian Kentucky. To support and achieve this vision, the following aims have been developed:
- Increase awareness and knowledge in the local community about the environmental health research being conducted by UK CARES.
- Increase community and stakeholder participation in community-engaged research to identify and communicate environmental concerns in the community to UK CARES investigators.
- Increase enrollment in citizen and academic training in science communication to leverage community-academic environmental health science partnerships.
CEC Faculty and Staff Members
Ellen Hahn, Leader
Mark Dignan, Co-Leader
Nancy Schoenberg, Co-Investigator
Beth Bowling, Community Outreach Coordinator, UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health
Kristian Wagner, Community Engagement Liaison
Beverly Delidow, Educational Consultant, Marshall University
Erin Haynes, Consultant, University of Cincinnati
Kathy Rademacher, Data Coordinator
Monica Mundy, Project Coordinator
The purpose of the CEC Stakeholder Advisory Board is to facilitate and strengthen the interactions between University of Kentucky scientists and the community and provide invaluable input into overall center decision making.
The 10-member board represents clinicians, advocates, educators, strategic communications experts, community organizers, and attorneys from southeastern Kentucky. Many members are lifelong native Kentuckians who live and work in the region on a wide range of environmental health and health care issues.
Stakeholder Advisory Board members will:
- Provide advice to the Community Engagement Core team as they develop, implement and evaluate strategies to increase community and stakeholder participation in focus groups and informal conversations to identify community needs and opportunities for partnering on environmental health science.
- Help interpret findings, plan, and evaluate appropriate outreach and engagement strategies to inform and involve the community in how best to approach environmental health issues in Appalachia.