Theme: Community, Regulation and PolicyEquipping key stakeholders for informed decision making
One of TiCER's central goals is to recognize the importance of connecting communities with researchers and act on it. The mission of this theme is to support research activities that are responsive to community environmental health concerns and inform TiCER scientists on the types of data and experimental products that will be of the greatest value to stakeholders for decision- and policy-making. Stakeholder include communities, regulators, and policy makers. Through this theme, TiCER intentionally blurs the boundary between researchers, community interests, and other stakeholders that are consumers of environmental health outcomes.
- Research activities in this theme will be focused on increasing interaction between researchers and communities by:
- Engaging communities in identifying environmental exposures or diseases of concern
- Identifying the types and format of informtion most valuable to community members to make informed personal decisions that the minimize adverse health effects of environmental exposures
- Improving messaging and communication of experimental results and exposure consequences to affected communities
- This theme will also encourage optimization of environmental health data aggregation and presentation to increase its usefulness.
Research THEME LEADER
Dr. Arnold Vedlitz is a professor and holder of the Bob Bullock Chair in Government and Public Policy in the Bush School of Public Service. He research seeks to understand the processes through which scientific and technical data and discoveries are understood and acted on by decision makers and the public. He examines the role of information, risk assessments and social, political, economic and cultural cues in the framing of science discoveries and innovations, the benefits and/or risks they pose, and the way in which this information is framed, received and evaluated by policy makers and the public to form regulatory regimes and allocate financial resources. Dr. Vedlitz has extensive experience working with interdisciplinary project teams researching the linkages between biological, physical, and environmental health factors with social, behavioral, and policy dynamics.