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PACE EH, Kentucky


Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department

Background/Project Description

The Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department (NKIHD) serves a population of approximately 348,000, providing support to communities ranging from large urban centers to suburbs to rural areas.

NKIHD applied to pilot test PACE EH(Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health) after it developed expertise in both public health assessment activities and community outreach. The PACE EHsubcommittee of the community health committee served as Northern Kentucky''s community-based environmental health assessment (CEHA) team. The team grew to 26 individuals representing regional public health agencies, local businesses, environmental interest groups, and other community members. After conducting a community survey, the PACE EHsubcommittee selected the top two issues for inclusion in the Community Health Plan 1999.

For more information about the Northern Kentucky Independent District 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.

Barren River District Health Department

Background/Project Description

The Barren River District Health Department (BRHD) serves an eight-county area in south-central Kentucky. Although primarily rural, this district is one of the fastest growing areas in the state. BRHD serves its eight member counties through health centers located in each county, and a district office in Bowling Green. At the time BRHD undertook the PACE EHprocess, it had completed the APEX PH(Assessment Protocol for Excellence in Public Health), an assessment methodology designed to enhance the organizational and leadership capability of local health agencies. As APEX PHwas being conducted separately in four member counties, the decision was made to conduct the PACE EH environmental assessment for the district as a whole.

The PACE EHcommunity-based environmental health assessment (CEHA) team members represented each local county government, two cities, five planning commissions, several local environmental agencies, and Western Kentucky University.

Based on survey results, the team designated the following issues as high priority:

  • Public water supplies;
  • Straight pipe sewage disposal;
  • Food supply and safety;
  • Solid-waste disposal; and
  • Illegal dumping

The work group developed action plans, which brought forth new partnerships to address these issues.

For more information about Barren River District 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.