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Community Involvement Resources

CDC Resources

Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental changE (ACHIEVE) – CDC-funded program to build healthier communities

Brownfield and Land Reuse Initiative – resources for promoting community health in Brownfield redevelopment and land reuse from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Community Health Resources – link to CDC resources to help plan, implement, and evaluate community health interventions and programs to address chronic disease and health disparities issues

Culture Shift: Strengthening the Role of Environmental Health in Public Health Performance Improvement Efforts. [PDF - 551 KB] This is one in a series of monthly Environmental Health Services Branch columns in the Journal of Environmental Health.

Environmental Public Health Performance Standards – CDC program to improve capacity to perform the essential services of environmental public health.

Environmental Public Health Tracking Network – a CDC system of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and city sources

Health Impact Assessment – a tool to evaluate objectively the potential health effects of a project or policy before it is built or implemented

Healthy Places – CDC Web site with information about designing and building healthy places

National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures - collaborative effort to develop an action agenda to help strengthen efforts to protect the public from harmful chemical exposures

Principles of Community Engagement – provides public health professionals and community leaders with a science base and practical guidelines for engaging the public in community decision-making and action for health promotion, health protection, and disease prevention

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) – CDC program that uses community-based participatory approaches and implements and evaluates innovative approaches to improving health in communities

Working to Build Healthy Communities: Community Environmental Health Assessments Using PACE EH. [PDF - 187 KB] – using PACE EH as a tool to build healthy communities. This is one in a series of monthly Environmental Health Services Branch columns in the Journal of Environmental Health.

Other Resources

Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) – competitive grant program administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that offers an innovative way for a community to organize and take action to reduce toxic pollution in its local environment

Community Action for Environmental Public Health – community resources from the Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Community Health Status Indicators – overview of more than 200 key health indicators for each of the 3,141 U.S. counties

Community Toolbox – information to promote community health by connecting people, ideas, and resources

Environmental Health Primer – National Association of County and City Health Officials free e-learning resource provides an overview of environmental public health plus modules on climate change, community environmental health assessments, the Environmental Public Health Performance Standards, and working with the media.

EPA/CDC/ATSDR Federal Grants Guide for Community Environmental and Public Health Activities [PDF - 545 KB] – information on funding opportunities related to meeting environmental and public health goals

Healthy Places Leading to Healthy People: Community Engagement Improves Health for All – a Public Health Grand Rounds program focusing on CDC’s Healthy Communities goal area and highlighting the rural Florida community of Wabasso

Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships – a community-driven strategic planning tool for improving community health

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health – an umbrella program of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to foster local, regional, and national partnerships between and among community residents/organizations, researchers, and other stakeholders in the research process

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PACE EH Resources

Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH)

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) – PACE EH resources from NACCHO, including online toolkit, training, and publications

PACE EH Post Project Assessment of Quality of Life Changes in a Florida Community Related to Infrastructure Improvements [PDF - 381 KB] – Article posted with permission from the Journal of Environmental Health (2008;70(10):40–6), a publication of the National Environmental Health Association,

PACE EH: Tool for Community Environmental Health Assessment [PDF - 202 KB] – Fact sheet describing PACE EH

Strengthening the Capacity of Local Health Agencies Through Community-Based Assessment and Planning [PDF - 232 KB] – Article in Public Health Reports summarizing findings from the PACE EH process evaluation

PACE EH Implementation in the United States

  • PACE EH Program in Florida – Information about county health departments across Florida who have implemented PACE EH in communities
  • Power of PACE EH – Narrated presentation on PACE EH and its impact in the West Wabasso community of Indian River County, Florida

PACE EH Implementation in International Settings

Spanish-language Resources for CEHA and PACE EH

For information about CEHA and PACE EH activities, contact Maggie Byrne at

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