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Task 11



Module 4 — Task 11: Set Priorities for Action

At the completion of this task, the assessment team should have:

  • A statement about the community’s environmental health priorities for action

Once issues have been ranked, it still may be necessary to determine which are most important for action. Again, locally specific criteria that reflect community values can be used. Prioritizing issues allows the community to direct resources, time, and energy to those issues that are deemed most critical and practical to address.

Priority setting differs from ranking in that it takes into account a range of other factors within the community. Environmental health concerns, if they are to be addressed, must be evaluated within the context of public perception of risk (explored during the ranking process) as well as the constraints and opportunities presented by the community’s unique scientific, legal, economic, social, and political systems. It is therefore a more subjective process.

Priority setting also considers local issues in the context of county, state, national, and international influences; for some issues, local ability to effectively address the issue may be relatively low, despite significant concern. Understanding the degree to which local action can effect change, as identified in this task, has implications for action plan development (Task 12).  

 

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» Determine Local Priority-Setting Criteria
» Select a Method for Prioritizing
» Determine Priorities
Determine Local Priority-Setting Criteria

 

 
Select a Method for Prioritizing

 

 
Determine Priorities

 

 

Questions to Consider:

Describe "Prioritizing" in regards to a PACE EH process.  What is the difference between "ranking" and "prioritizing?"


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