Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH)
“The value to the community through the PACE EH process is the active and meaningful involvement in the development of environmental public health policies or priorities.”
PACE EH (Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health) is a program developed by the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assess and improve the environmental health of communities. The philosophy and methodology offered in PACE EH incorporates the notion that environmental health (one of the foundations of public health) is protected and improved most effectively when it is defined, understood, and acted upon locally. It is a collaborative effort between residents, local government, and other stakeholders. The bottom line is the prevention of illness, injury and death related to environmental factors through educational outreach, human behavior change, and county and community collaborations. We identify environmental health issues that are important to the community and develop and implement actions plans to address these issues.
We face many challenges and PACE EH seeks to strengthen public health leadership, promote community collaboration, and encourage environmental justice. No one knows your community or your environment better than you. Your environment involves all your senses: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching everything around you in your home, your community, and basically anywhere you may be.
The Department of Health in Brevard County’s Environmental Health Services, want to come along side communities and make Brevard County a safer and healthier place to live. To do this, we must recognize current and potential problems in our environment, consider the reasons or causations of problems, and together come up with possible solutions to resolve the problems.