Community Stress Resource Center
The experience of long-term environmental contamination, such as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, can contribute to psychological and social stress in affected communities. While it is normal for some community members to feel stress in these situations, chronic stress can affect their health.
This Resource Center provides guidance and tools for reducing stress and building resilience in communities during public health responses to environmental contamination. Use it to better understand and address each community’s unique practical, informational, social, and emotional needs.
Learn about the sources of stress and resilience in communities affected by chronic environmental contamination and how that stress can affect community members’ health.
Use the 3 Keys Framework – Recognize, Prepare, and Partner – to develop strategies for reducing stress and building resilience in communities faced with environmental contamination.