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National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures

Community Conversations

Historical Document

This Web site is provided by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) ONLY as an historical reference for the public health community. It is no longer being maintained and the data it contains may no longer be current and/or accurate.

Interested in community conversations results? View the map!


The Community Conversation Toolkit is still available here.

A Spanish version of the toolkit is also available.

The Community Conversations were a success!

Over a thousand people joined community conversations from April through June 2010, to offer input on public health and chemical exposure issues.  Interested individuals held more than 50 conversations across the United States, and have submitted summary reports. A map with information on each community conversation is available.

What did we do with the summary reports of the community conversations?

The community conversation summary reports that conveners submitted are available on the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA’s) Web site. The team has also summarized major themes and ideas from the community conversations in a synthesis report which served as the primary means for providing the results of the community conversations to the Leadership Council and work groups of the National Conversation. The Community Conversation Synthesis Report can be found on NEHA’s Web site

The Leadership Council had primary responsibility for using  community conversation input, and approached the results 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?

Now that community conversations have ended, can people still use the toolkit?

YES! Although the Community Conversation Toolkit was developed as part of the National Conversation project to assist hosts of local meetings gather input on public health and chemical exposure issues, it could be easily adapted for other purposes.

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