231367 Community engagement to improve health and social capital: PACE EH success stories from the field

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

Julianne Price, RS , Florida State Department of Health, Vero Beach, FL
Is there a community in your jurisdiction facing issues such as dilapidated housing, drug trafficking, poor water quality, sewage, and built environment issues that impede physical activity and safety? The Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH) is a tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in conjunction with the National Association of County and City Health Officials that can help. PACE EH is a tool designed to foster collaboration among local environmental health programs and the community to drive community-based environmental health improvements. This session will address examples of how the tool has been effective in empowering disadvantaged communities, leveraging subsequent investment in these communities ($20 million in public health improvements in Florida alone), and achieving public and environmental health benefits. The presentation will also address other benefits of PACE EH, including its use as a workforce development for local health department staff in areas such as outreach, cultural competency, and partnership building. PACE EH can also help local health departments prepare for the upcoming accreditation process, as it plays a role in several of the 10 Essential Public Health Services, on which accreditation will be based.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Environmental health sciences
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Attendees will be able to describe the impact that PACE EH projects can have on the public health and quality of life of disadvantaged communities. 2. Attendees will be able to describe key benefits to local health departments from undertaking a PACE EH project. 3. Attendees will be able to identify steps they can take to support community engagement efforts in their jurisdiction to improve health and build social capital among disadvantaged populations.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I oversee PACE EH projects across the state of Florida and am considered an expert in this method of community based assessment.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.