PACE EH, Texas
San Antonio (TX) Metropolitan Health District
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (SAMHD) is the single public agency charged by state law, city code, and county resolution with responsibility for public health programs in San Antonio and unincorporated areas of Bexar County. By engaging in the PACE EH initiative, the mission of SAMHD was to characterize the environmental health status of the City of San Antonio and Bexar County. The new community-based environmental health assessment (CEHA) team included key players and neighborhood groups. A community survey was developed and five main areas of concern were identified.
The assessment team was then divided into focus groups to address the five areas of air, water, physical environment, hazardous waste, and miscellaneous. The teams were community members, SAMHD staff, academics, social service providers, and members of the regulated community who met regularly to develop indicators for the five issues.
For more information about the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District 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.