McHenry County Public Health Department, Illinois
McHenry County is located in Northeast Illinois and is home to 250,000 residents living in both urban and rural areas. McHenry County Health Department's interest in serving as a PACE EH (Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health) pilot site was the result of 10 years of experience in community health assessment, familiarity with the Assessment Protocol for Excellence in Public Health (APEX PH), development of a local needs assessment, and a community health plan that addressed environmental health issues.
McHenry County Health Department’s PACE EH effort resulted in a 19-member CEHA team representing many diverse community institutions. The CEHA team survey and analysis resulted in a list of 12 environmental health areas of concern from which indicator development could begin. The 12 areas ranged from specific (e.g., indoor air quality) to more general social issues (e.g., tobacco use, teen pregnancy, and domestic violence). Action plans were developed on the basis of survey results and assessment team interaction.
For more information about the McHenry County Health Department’s PACE EH project and other pilot site results, see “PACE EH in Practice,” a compendium of the pilot site results. This document is available for download on NACCHO's Bookstore.