Community Environmental Health Assessment (CEHA)

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Many communities face a variety of health risks. Environmental factors and underlying economic and social challenges can generate some of those risks. Furthermore, a lack of trust between residents and government can worsen the situation. CEHAs seek to involve affected residents and other stakeholders in identifying and addressing environmental health problems in their communities.

How Do CEHAs Strengthen Environmental Health Programs?

The Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH) is a community involvement tool. PACE EH offers a method for engaging communities to identify their health concerns, take action on their environmental health problems, and improve their health and quality of life.

PACE EH and other CEHA processes can be used to operationalize the 10 Essential Services of Environmental Public Health. Local environmental health agencies most often mention strengthening of the following essential services as part of their PACE EH processes:

  • Assessment: monitor health; diagnose and investigate.
  • Policy development: inform, educate, and empower; mobilize community partnerships; develop policies.
  • Assurance: assure a competent workforce.