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Topic 2.1 Defining the Community and Identifying Contacts

Community Members

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 assessment team may also decide to include anyone who has an interest in the site or concerns about the site.

To view information about people or groups that might be considered part of a community, click on the list that follows or on the View All link below.

Affected population

People who might be affected by site conditions.

Community groups

Local groups of people who share common interests and goals concerning a site.

News media

Reporters who provide information to the community through newspapers, other publications, television and radio.

Elected officals

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.

Responsible parties

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 physicians, epidemiologists, public health nurses, health educators, toxicologists and others who can contribute specialized information to the public health assessment effort.