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Task 3



Module 1 — Task 3: Assemble a Community-Based Environmental Health Assessment Team

At the completion of this task, the process facilitator(s) and/or the assessment team should have:

  • Detailed the expectations of team members.
  • Invited individuals to help design and carry out the assessment.
  • Determined the governing structure, decision-making structure, and ground rules for the assessment.

Although most pilot test sites worked on assessments for up to two years, they discovered that payoffs—increased collaboration among government agencies, increased awareness, and identification of community strengths—can be realized quickly. They shared these lessons:  

  • Ask for feedback throughout the process.
  • Be clear about commitments (e.g., expected number of hours, expected number of meetings) up front.
  • Celebrate early accomplishments. A three- to five-year plan is good, but do not wait until the end to acknowledge all achievements.
  • Be flexible. The structure can change at different points in the process. For example, the community might take the lead in identifying environmental issues of concern, whereas staff may have a stronger role in developing indicators.
  • Display “pomp and circumstance” around the process and the selection of members to the assessment team (e.g., press releases, letters of invitation from the board of health, etc.)

Listen as Jonathan Schwartz explains the values realized from the process. 

The information gathered in Tasks 1 and 2 will help determine the initial composition of the assessment team. The team should comprise a broad cross-section of the community and should include individuals who represent local economic interests, political structures, and organizational institutions.

The following section details each step of assembling your community environmental health assessment team.

 

Click on the following links to skip to each section:

 
» Clarify Expectations of Team Members
» Identify and Invite Individuals to Help Design and Carry out the Assessment
» Diversity in the Assessment Team
» Determine a Governing Structure, Decision-Making Structure, and Ground Rules
Clarify Expectations of Team Members

 

Identify and Invite Individuals to Help Design and Carry out the Assessment

 

Diversity in the Assessment Team

 

Determine a Governing Structure, Decision-Making Structure, and Ground Rules

 


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Conference: November 3-5, 2014