A case study of community involvement influence on policy decisions: Victories of a community-based participatory research partnership

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Abstract

The Buffalo Lupus Project was a community-university partnership that investigated associations between exposure to a local waste site and high rates of lupus and other autoimmune diseases. The partnership{\textquoteright}s major accomplishment was successful advocacy for containment and clean-up of the site. As a result of community education, the remediation plan suggested by the community was adopted. Additionally, when a local childhood lead poisoning testing program was canceled, community members signed a letter to legislators urging them to replace the funding, which was restored within one week. This demonstrated how coordinated community-based capacity-building efforts can influence health policy.

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Williams, E. M., Terrell, J., Anderson, J., & Tumiel-Berhalter, L. (2016). A case study of community involvement influence on policy decisions: Victories of a community-based participatory research partnership. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(5). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph13050515

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