CEC Community Advisory Board

Our Center has prioritized community-engaged research which we define as research led by communities or led by researchers in collaboration with communities. Our Center works with a spectrum of interested partners, from community groups to regulatory agencies. To guide our activities, our Center has pulled together a Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB is comprised of community organizations, OSU Extension Service, county health and environmental health agencies and non-profits.

To see a list and learn more about our current Community Advisory Board members click here

To learn more about our Board and their responsibilities, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

We ask members of the CAB to attend two 90-minute meetings per year (virtual meetings will continue as necessary and will always be available even when in-person meetings are scheduled). The CAB will review CEC activities and serve on project-specific steering committees as appropriate.

The Community Advisory Board is designed to provide a high-level review of the activities of the Community Engagement Core. The mission of our Center is to improve environmental public health and improve the understanding of the relationships among environmental exposures, human biology, and disease. To do this, we hope to learn from our partners and co-develop research that addresses existing environmental health issues. Board members can provide input on community-engaged research to ensure research represents community questions and concerns. For example, if a project entails a community or environmental health issue that you have expertise on, we may reach out and ask you to be an advisor on that project.

All CAB members can participate in Pilot Projects. The Center will fund several small grants per year. These grants are designed to use the Center’s resources to generate environmental health data to help answer community and research partner questions. CAB members can reach out to the Community Engagement Core ([email protected]) to identify resources and expertise, and/or search our Discovery Index.

We are always interested in learning about other groups working on environmental health in the Pacific Northwest. Please reach out to us at [email protected] and we will follow up with you.

Our Center has developed a Discovery Index. This Index captures research, resources and scientific equipment that is housed in our Center. We hope to expand this Index in the future it will also capture the knowledge, resources and expertise of our partners, including the groups we work with and that serve on our Community Advisory Board. If you have questions about the Discovery Index, please email [email protected]. You can access the Discovery Index here.

Our Center is designed to work with partners throughout the Pacific Northwest involved in environmental health research. We are happy to meet with other groups to discuss our research and resources, and to learn about their work, resources and needs. You can connect to us by email ([email protected])

Our Center is collaborating with the Evaluation Core of the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute at OHSU. Periodically, the Evaluation Core will be sending out surveys to our Community advisory board members to gain a better understanding of how the CAB is working, and how the Center is achieving its mission. These surveys are optional, but we use your feedback to improve our activities moving forward. We will present the results (they will not identify any of the members by name) at our CAB meetings.

There is a call for pilot projects once a year, along with an option to submit time-sensitive applications throughout the year. All pilot projects must be submitted by a Center member. The Strategic Initiative Award requires a Center member partnered with a community to address an area of concern with relevance to the community. You can learn more about the Pilot Projects here.

You can reach out to the Community Engagement Core ([email protected]) for help finding a Center member to partner with, or search through our Discovery Index here.