Welcome to our resource page created to enhance dialogue between environmental health science researchers and the public. Our goal is to strenghten the capacity of EH researchers so that they may effectively interact with decision makers whether in their everyday lives or at the policy level, toward the end of supporting effective problem solving around environmental health issues. Activists, community-based organization leaders, government agency and elected officials and their staff want more opportunities to engage with researchers so they can get information that may help them better advocate for their community. They have also noted the importance of community engagement staff who are trusted resources for connecting with the scientific community:
"There needs to be more dialogue between researchers and decision makers to understand each other regarding environmental justice issues."
"We need information ambassadors who understand both sides, community and academic worlds, to facilitate [dialogue]."
If you have questions about presenting scientific information to public audiences, our community engagement team can assist. We are skilled conduits for connecting with and understanding the information needs and concerns of varying audiences. The documents below can also help prepare researchers for those interactions.
Guidelines for translating and sharing environmental health science research:
Engaging Policy Makers
This document provides insight for researchers who want to know how to navigate legislative interactions:
Evaluating Translated Materials
A community-review process can ensure that translated information is user friendly and relevant to local issues. The evaluation tool below can be used to collect feedback from community partners who can provide useful insight into how well the scientific information was translated for public consumption and advocacy purposes:
- Translating Environmental Health Science Research Evaluation
- You can also assess the reading level of translated materials using the Flesch-Kincaid readability scale
Example fact sheet & evaluation:
- Environmental health source article
- Translated fact sheet with evaluation feedback from WSU advisory board members page 1, page 2
Additional information on communicating and translating science can be accessed at:
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- The Science of Science Communication
- Communicating Science: A Roundtable Discussion
- Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science
If you have questions about meeting with policy makers, seek out staff who work in community engagement, government relations, communications, or public affairs at your university. They are skilled conduits for connecting and understand the information needs and concerns of varying audiences.
Some of the content of this page is a result of a collaboration made possible through National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences grant No. PA-17-317. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org