Session: Public Health Collaboration PACE EH: advancing environmental health using community based environmental health assessment models
5093.0: Wednesday, November 19, 2003: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Public Health Collaboration PACE EH: advancing environmental health using community based environmental health assessment models
Community-based environmental health assessments offer several advantages to address environmental health issues by contributing to more effective communication, data collection and building of trust between local environmental health practitioners and their constituents. The collaboration component of community-based environmental health assessments can be the means by which increased social support and effective problem solving can begin to address disparities between scientific understanding and community perception, and environmental injustice, by providing the documentation to identify sources and conditions that produce outcomes that disproportionately affect disadvantaged communities. Recognizing this need, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developed Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH), a community-based environmental health assessment tool, which is designed to help local communities identify and address local environmental health priorities. PACE EH objectives adhere to the principles of environmental justice, environmental health leadership, support of the core functions of environmental health and community collaboration. The process encourages users to actively identify, develop, and implement action steps to reduce local environmental health risks, build community support, and increase community capacity to achieve the abovementioned principles.
Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation the attendee will: (1) acquire a basic understanding of the PACE EH tool; (2) be able to articulate how utilization of community-based environmental health assessments like PACE EH can address environmental health inequities; (3) benchmark their own activities with the provided case examples of usages. Additionally, this presentation will: (1) provide a basic understanding of the PACE EH tool; (2) illustrate how the issue of environmental health inequities can be addressed by utilization of PACE EH; (3) provide case examples of usages of PACE EH from the field that demonstrate a positive impact on preventing environmental health threats.
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Organizer(s):Brian Hubbard, MPH
Wendy J. Blumenthal, MPH
Stefanie DeOLLoqui, MS
Polly Hoppin, ScD
Kevin Delaney, MPH
Moderator(s):Patrick Bohan
12:30 PMIntroductory Remarks
12:40 PMCommunity-based environmental health assessments: Lessons from the practice community
Carl Osaki, RS, MSPH
1:00 PMPeruvian Amazon Shantytown Uses Community Environmental Public Health Assessment Process to Address Water and Sewage Problems
Brian Hubbard, MPH, John Sarisky, MPH, RS, Virginia Baffigo, MD, MA, Richard Gelting, PhD
1:20 PMCommunity-based collaborations for local environmental health decision-making
Jonathan H. Drewry, MPH, John Sarisky, MPH, RS
1:40 PMMultnomah County Health Department focuses on the community in the protocol for assessing community excellence in environmental health
Lila Wickham, RN, MS, Tricia Tillman, MPH, Kevin Odell, BA, BFA
Organized by:Environment
Endorsed by:Public Health Education and Health Promotion
CE Credits:CME, Environmental Health, Health Education (CHES), Nursing, Pharmacy

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA