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PACE EH, Iowa


Linn County Public Health Department, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Background/Project Description

Linn County is a center of commerce in eastern Iowa with approximately 170,000 residents, making it the second most populous county in Iowa. The PACE EH(Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health) process began when Linn County formed a core steering committee of a group of stakeholders who were already familiar with environmental health issues. The steering committee invited other groups to participate as members of the full assessment team. Together, the health department, the steering committee, and the other assessment team members revisited issue lists and then divided the assessment team into six subcategories: air quality, water quality, land use, waste management and hazardous materials, food safety, and general environmental issues.

For more information about Linn County Public Health 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.

Scott County Health Department, Davenport, Iowa

Background/Project Description

Scott County (IA) Health Department (SCHD) serves a population of 150,979. SCHD saw PACE EH as a fundamental tool in evaluating the environmental health needs of the county within a framework that would allow the agency to generate environmental health priorities from the community’s perspective rather than the agency’s. SCHD used the PACE EH process in two ways:

  1. An internal learning tool for the department’s environmental health staff.
  2. A focus point on the priority of cardiovascular health.

Adapting the PACE EH methodology and using the indicators framework helped the environmental health staff broaden their scope and understand environmental health issues both from a community perspective and a public health systems approach.

For more information about the Scott County (IA) Health Department’s PACE EHproject 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.