ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Communities experience different health risks tied to factors that exist in their environment. Environmental Health is defined as the natural and the built environment that affect human health. In 2011, Summit County Public Health launched the community-based environmental health assessment (CEHA) using the Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE-EH), a community engagement tool that is centered on environmental justice to identify significant environmental health disparities. The second phase of the assessment was launched in October 2014. The community drives the process and sets priorities for action to promote environmental excellence and mitigate any environmental disparities affecting one’s abilities to thrive in their respective community.
A major part of the assessment is surveying the community to identify the issues that exist in their community. In November 2015, the community survey was launched with the goal of receiving approximately 1,000-2,000.
The survey results are expected to be released in the spring of 2016.