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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

Wednesday, August 6, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Is shale development for oil and gas resources – also known as fracking - occurring in your area? With the recent boom in shale development in the United States, local public health officials - as well as other stakeholders - are often seeking information and guidance on the health issues that could accompany development in their communities. In response, NACCHO has been participating on a multi-stakeholder Working Group convened by RESOLVE to advise on the creation of a guidebook on community health and shale development. The goal is for health officials, community members, and industry representatives to use this guidebook to gain a basic factual understanding of the potential health issues and where they can go to find more in-depth resources from a variety of perspectives, as well as to learn about options for responding to challenges. Join us for a first look at the initial version of the guidebook; we’ll also be asking for your input on shaping it to be as useful as possible in your work. 

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New NACCHO Report

NACCHO has released a report on the impact of budget cuts to environmental health services at local health departments (LHDs). The study surveyed a nationally representative sample of LHDs in March and April 2012 on how budget cuts changed environmental health revenue, impacted environmental health workforce, reduced and eliminated environmental health services, impacted environmental health service outcomes, and how NACCHO can support LHDs to advance the practice of environmental health by providing innovative resources to address existing and emerging issues. Click on more to access the full report. More »

New NACCHO Toolkit

NACCHO is pleased to announce the release of the Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) 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 what 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 »

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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