Public Health is committed to ensuring the community has a voice in the Health Research Study. Public involvement activities are determined in collaboration with the Community Advisory Group.
The Community Advisory Group provides input to the process and results of the Health Research Study efforts, with the goal of utilizing the best available science.
The Community Advisory Group will be involved throughout the Health Research Study process, including identifying areas of research, facilitating community access to scientific experts, reviewing research progress, disseminating results, and determining future actions. The Community Advisory Group will advise on:
Public Health has sought to ensure the Community Advisory Group is broadly representative of the diversity of the communities impacted by the Disaster. The members of the Community Advisory Group maximize a network and reach of affiliations, backgrounds, culture, interests and professions from across the Northwest San Fernando Valley. The Community Advisory Group includes seven members selected by area Neighborhood Councils (two from Porter Ranch and one each from Granada Hills North, Granada Hills South, Chatsworth, Northridge East and Northridge West) and 12 members who are representative of local stakeholder groups. The categories for these stakeholder groups are local schools, local environmental groups, social clubs and interest groups, homeowners’ associations, health and social service providers, and scientific and technical.
Community Advisory Group meetings are held regularly. All meeting materials are publicly available. Members of the public are welcome to attend and participate during the public comment period of each meeting.