About the Community Engagement Core



    The Community Engagement Core serves as a non-biased resource of scientific information, promotes environmental health literacy, provides environmental health educational resources, and supports connections between SWEHSC investigators and the community. We do this through combining respect for Indigenous science, traditional ecological knowledge, “funds of knowledge,” and citizen observation/inquiry with modern scientific advances to engage Indigenous, Latinx, and rural communities to promote and design materials and programs to work towards environmental justice for these communities.

    Specifically, we aim to:

    1. Identify and address environmental health needs and priorities via multi-directional communication
    2. Translate SWEHSC research findings into environmental health knowledge and action
    3. Advance the field of community engagement and environmental health literacy
    4. Develop future environmental health scientists and leaders from our Indigenous, Latinx, and rural communities


    The CEC uses a Multi-Directional Partnership Paradigm to identify, establish, and maintain collaborations. Within each relationship, the CEC:

    • Identifies potential partners
    • Forms a clear rationale based on answers to essential questions
    1. Why is the SWEHSC CEC needed for the collaboration?
    2. How will the CEC assist with the project?
    3. How will this partnership promote the mission of the SWEHSC?
    4. How will this partnership build community capacity for addressing EH challenges?
    • Recruits appropriate expertise from SWEHSC investigators and student researchers
    • Share knowledge and chooses mutually agreeable EH foci
    • Creates or adapts engagement methods, materials, and resources