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Recommendation 2. Public health research related to environmental justice should engender three principles: improve the science base, involve the affected population, and communicate the findings to all stakeholders (seeBox 3-4).
The following strategies are recommended as a means of achieving Recommendation 2.
Strategies for Improving the Science Base
Strategy 2.1 Develop improved biomarkers of exposure, susceptibility, and biological effect as well as improved exposure assessment technologies.
Strategy 2.2 Focus additional research on human susceptibility, both genetic and nongenetic, to environmental causes of disease.
Strategy 2.3 Allocate a portion of all environmental health sciences research portfolios to environmental justice issues.
Strategies for Involving the Affected Populations
Strategy 2.4 Develop and use effective models of community participation in the design and implementation of research on environmental health and environmental justice.
Strategy 2.5 Give high priority to participatory research when addressing the research needs of communities with environmental justice concerns.
Strategy 2.6 Involve the affected community in designing the protocol, collecting data, and disseminating the results of research on environmental justice issues.
Strategy for Communicating with Stakeholders
Strategy 2.7 Ensure that communities of concern have a full understanding of the purposes, methods, and results of any research done in their communities.