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PACE EH, Virginia

Alexandria Environmental Health Department, Virginia

Using the PACE EH Peer Assistance Network

Before taking on PACE EH, the Alexandria (VA) Health Department consulted the adjacent Arlington County Health Department, an established PACE EH site. This consultation provided the Alexandria Health Department a with third-party viewpoint when it solicited support from the health director and city council.

Arlington County PACE EH representatives played a key role in the initial community assessment team meetings, especially during the planning stages. Alexandria''s survey was a compilation of several examples.

As the Alexandria CEHA team learned the fundamentals of ranking and prioritizing the issues, an Arlington representative was present to answer questions and to keep the team on track.

Bob Custard
Environmental Health Manager

Arlington Department of Human Services, Virginia
Environmental Health Bureau

Background/Project Description

Arlington (VA) Department of Human Services (ADHS) Environmental Health Bureau was one of the 10 sites that piloted the PACE EH tool. Arlington, an urban area, boasts a widely diverse community.

To begin the PACE EH process, a community-based environmental health assessment (CEHA) steering committee was formed to solicit the participation of citizens and key agencies. A full CEHA team was established representing ADHS, The George Washington and Georgetown Universities, League of Women Voters, United Way, Department of Public Works, Arlington Health Foundation, National Environmental Health Association, Phoenix House, Department of Environmental Quality (Northern Virginia Regional Office), Virginia Environmental Health Association, and Department of Environmental Services (county).

A broad range of environmental health issues was identified, including noise, outdoor air pollution, food safety, dangerous chemicals in homes, and indoor air pollution. Four priority areas were chosen and action plans were put in place to address those issues.

For more information about the Arlington County Department of Human Services Environmental 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.