Public Health is committed to ensuring that the community has a voice in the Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study (ACDHRS). Opportunities for community engagement are carried out through a Community Engagement Specialist and in collaboration with a Community Advisory Group (CAG). Community engagement events, such as open houses, town halls, and public meetings have allowed for vital input to be gathered from the community, which aids in the identification of health impacts of concern and priority areas of focus for the ACDHRS.
The CAG provides feedback to Public Health on the Health Research Study (Study) efforts, with the goal of utilizing the best available science.
The CAG is involved in the Health Research Study process by identifying areas of research, keeping apprised of the Study’s progress, informing the community, and providing feedback to Public Health and the Scientific Oversight Committee (SOC), the scientific experts overseeing the study.
The Community Advisory Group advises Public Health and the SOC on:
In 2019, Public Health formed the CAG to act as representatives of the diverse communities impacted by the disaster. In its current composition the CAG consists of 13 members from local stakeholder groups such as local schools, local environmental groups, social clubs, interest groups, health and social service providers, selected from a variety of North San Fernando Valley communities.
Beginning in 2021, the Community Advisory Group meetings will be held quarterly. All meeting materials are publicly available and members of the public are welcome to attend and participate during the public comment period of each meeting. Public comments shared during CAG meetings are documented in the community feedback log and help inform the direction of the Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study.
Public Health encourages residents to attend and participate in each meeting during the public comment period. Public comments shared during CAG meetings are documented in the community feedback log and help inform the direction of the Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Research Study.