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Pulling Together

A Guide to Building Interagency Collaboration at Hazardous Waste Sites


Many people have provided ideas, insight, resources, and assistance in the production of this workbook. First and foremost, we would like to thank those local public health officials and their staff, state health and environmental officials, and federal partners who spoke at and helped organized the Public Health Partnerships at Hazardous Waste Sites workshops in Atlanta (1998), Chicago (1999), and Helena (2000). Those workshops provided the foundation of knowledge that made this publication possible. Among the participants at those workshops who helped NACCHO refine the document based upon their experiences, we would like to thank:


Diana Barret, EPA; Tom Dunlop, Aspen/Pitkin County (CO) Health Department; Kathryn Evans, ATSDR; Pam Hillary, EPA; Derrick Kimbrough, EPA; Lowell Lufkin Marion County (OH) Health Department; David Ouderkirk, EPA; Sonya Pennock, EPA; Chris Poulet, ATSDR; Catherine Roberts, EPA; Bob Safay, ATSDR; Chris Rosheim, ATSDR; Wendy Thomi, EPA.

Special thanks to Christine Rosheim, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, for her guidance and support throughout all phases of this project.

Thanks to Margaret Swan for conducting a usability study of the tool and Web site. And many thanks to those who participated in the study: Laura Barnthouse, County of Sonoma Department of Health Services; Patricia Beckenhaupt, Northeast District Department of Health; Neil Sass, Alabama Public Health; Robert Washam, Martin County (FL) Health Department; Bob Watkins, Elkhart County Health Department; Sarah Weppner, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.


The NACCHO Superfund Project Team who were responsible for developing and finalizing the tool:

Heidi Urquhart, Program Manager; Jessica Solomon, Program Associate; Ted Henson, Intern; Tracy Johnson, Administrative Assistant; Heidi Klein, Consultant; Karen Roof, Program Manager.

Finally, a great deal of thanks to the contributors and reviewers, who provided valuable guidance throughout the development of the tool:

Laura Barnthouse, County of Sonoma Department of Health Services;
Heidi Baumgartner, Program Associate, NACCHO; Pat Carey, EPA; Cheryl Connelly, Senior Advisor, NACCHO; Laura Harden ATSDR, NACCHO; Richard Hofrichter, Senior Research Associate, NACCHO; Vincent Lafronza, Senior Advisor, NACCHO; Jacquelynn Meeks, Saint Louis County Department of Health, NACCHO; Elaine O'Keefe, Stratford (CT) Health Department, NACCHO; Jane Perry, Georgia Division of Public Health; Beth Resnick, Associate Division Director, NACCHO; Jonathan Schwartz, Senior Analyst, NACCHO; Suzanne Wells, EPA; former and current members of the NACCHO Environmental Health and Prevention Advisory Committee. Thanks to Brenna Thibault, Publications Manager, NACCHO, for a superb job of editing. 


This report was supported in whole by funds from the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act trust fund through a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.