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Environmental Health


icon_ehEnvironmental health is defined as "the discipline that focuses on the health interrelationships between people and their environment, promotes human health and well-being, and fosters a safe and healthful environment."

In the Spotlight

NACCHO is pleased to announce the release of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Toolkit. NACCHO’s toolkits are free, online, searchable collections of tools and resources that can be used to inform and improve communities’ work in promoting and advancing public health objectives.

The EPHT Toolkit is comprised of

  • Trainings;
  • Case examples;
  • Guides;
  • Webinars;
  • Communication materials; and
  • Reports and papers

related to building an EPHT infrastructure, communicating about EPHT is and its value, education and training materials, and using data from the National Tracking Network to inform decision makers and other stakeholders about the linkages between environmental conditions and chronic disease. More »

New Environmental Health Resources and Tools

NACCHO Environmental Public Health Courses

NACCHO University, NACCHO's new online learning platform provides courses to help local health department staff develop their public health knowledge and competencies. Environmental health courses include Environmental Public Health Primer Overview, Climate Change and Public Health, Community Environmental Health Assessments, Environmental Public Health Performance Standards, Food Safety, and Working with the Media. More »

Two New CDC Food Safety Tools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Center for Environmental Health has two new food safety tools. Foodborne illness is a significant problem in the United States, but addressing environmental causes can help prevent it. Learn more.

Environmental Health Model and Promising Practices Feature
Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services' Advancing Environmental Equity using PACE-EH
Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services (HCPHES) in Houston, TX was awarded model practice in 2012 for “Advancing Environmental Equity using PACE-EH. Through grant funds provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, HCPHES conducted an environmental community assessment project (E-CAP) to identify and address environmental health concerns in the City of Galena Park. E-CAP began in June 2008 and was “completed” in September 2010. The primary goal of the E-CAP project was to use dialogue as a means to advance environmental equity. In pursuit of this goal, using a modified version of the Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE-EH) called PACE-EH Plus, HCPHES objectives were to examine residents’ perceptions of their environment, increase partnership between HCPHES and Galena Park residents, and mobilize and advocate for community and policy changes in Galena Park.

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