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PACE EH, Pennsylvania

Allentown Health Bureau, Pennsylvania

Background/Project Description

Allentown, PA, with a population of 105,000, was one of the first to implement PACE EH as a pilot site. The Allentown Health Bureau (AHB) housed a distinct Environmental Health Services Section (EHSS) that was responsible for environmental protection and injury-prevention programs. The EHSS had fairly extensive experience working directly with community members and partnered with state and federal agencies as diverse as the Allentown Chamber of Commerce, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Allentown fire and police departments, and local housing services. From the outset, AHB prepared for its community-based environmental health assessment (CEHA) project, adhering to a strict timeline and producing realistic action plans. The assessment component of the AHB project took 12 months.

For more information about Allentown Health Bureau'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.