2.1 Defining the Community and Identifying Contacts
For purposes of the public health assessment process, a community may
be defined as the people who live and work near a hazardous waste site.
However, the health assessor may also decide to include anyone who has
an interest in the site or concerns about the site.
Review the following information about people or groups that might be
considered part of a community.
People who might be affected by site conditions.
Local groups of people who share common interests and goals concerning
Reporters who provide information to the community through newspapers,
other publications, television, and radio.
Local, state, and federal representatives who have responsibilities to
protect the well-being of people who live and work near a site.
Local, state, and federal agencies (e.g., health departments,
departments of natural resources, environmental agencies, etc.) that have the responsibility of protecting
public health and the environment at a site.
Businesses or individuals who are considered responsible for cleaning
up a site. Those businesses or individuals might not have been responsible
for releases of chemicals into the environment at the site, but they might
have purchased the property after chemicals were released.
Public health specialists
Local epidemiologists, physicians, public health nurses, toxicologists, public health educators,
environmental health specialists, and others who can contribute specialized information
to the assessment effort.