Community Engagement

The South End neighborhood is rich in both history and culture. Its residents are highly diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, and household income. The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories is located in BioSquare—the City of Boston’s only biomedical research park—adjacent to Boston University’s Medical Campus (BUMC), in the southeast portion of the South End neighborhood.

The involvement of the community is important to the success of the NEIDL. BUMC has participated in numerous meetings, with different groups, neighborhoods, businesses, industries, and organizations, in order to educate the community, solicit feedback, and address concerns about the laboratories. In direct response to the input received during outreach meetings and discussions, BUMC worked to expand access to information about the laboratory as well as facilitate open dialogue and meaningful exchange through the creation of the Community Liaison Committee (CLC).