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PACE EH Online Training Module 2

Module 2 — Tasks 4–6

This phase is devoted to developing goals and objectives for the process and identifying and analyzing the local issues. Once the CEHA team is assembled, members should work together to create a shared vision, goals, and objectives for the project. During Phase 4, the team may seek to develop a shared or expanded definition of environmental health for the community. Once this is done, the group may identify expected outcomes of the assessment.

Note: During this phase it may be helpful to review Task 1 to consider what barriers must be overcome, what resources are available, and what related efforts may affect the problem.  

During Task 5, the team, through a combination of formal or informal data collection methods, will begin to compile local environmental health concerns. Once the data has been collected, the group will move to Task 6 to analyze the issues. During Task 6, the group will begin to reexamine the issues and take into account how the issues are manifested in the community. Examples of questions to consider here are:

  • Who is affected?
  • How are people exposed?
  • Is it an issue of perception vs. scientific evidence?

In the past, this stage has tended to be very facilitator-driven. Coordinators need to be very aware of the balance between advising and controlling. Also, this task can be affected by single-issue advocates. Note: One issue of consideration in this phase of the process is the fact that the process has “gone public.” You must now contend with heightened community expectations. You cannot ask them what they care about and then ignore the answers. But this does not mean that the project facilitators have to promise to “fix” every issue they uncover, just that community concerns will not be ignored.